Just Give Me the Facts
"Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:11 NKJ
Power is in the spoken word. Romans 6:11 is an important affirmation which strengthens the revelation of Romans 6:5-6. “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
The fullness of life is found in the words ‘I reckon’. Reckon is a key word in Paul’s teaching on sanctification (holiness, walking in the new nature). Reckon means to take in account, to calculate or to count on; to believe what God says in His Word. Speaking in a personal, present-tense way activates the provision of the new life provided by the life of Christ in the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:20). For by the grace of Christ and the power of His resurrection, we are dead to sin and alive to God.
There comes a time for every believer in Jesus Christ that God’s Word becomes real. Once we reckon the scriptural fact that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross to set us free from Adam and Eve’s original sin, we can say no to the old way and say yes to the newness of life in Christ (I Corinthians 15:22). I reckon myself to be free from the law of sin and death. I am alive to the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ! What we reckon and say out loud is what we will experience in our future.
When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, our old life is replaced with the new life of Christ by the Holy Spirit. We are not only containers of Jesus’ life, but we are expressions of it. God’s Word becomes the motivation of our thinking, speaking and behavior. This is the work of God as revelation takes form and shapes us. By this transformation, we are able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit saying, “All things are possible, you have what you say, every need is met and every desire is fulfilled.” The voice of the Holy Spirit helps us live a life of victory, peace, health, confidence, challenge and adventure. What Gods has promised, He is able to perform (Romans 4:21).
The Facts of God’s Word
1. God’s will for us is to see Christ and believe on Him for everlasting life (John 6:40).
2. The name of Jesus Christ is the greatest, most powerful name in existence (Philippians 2:9). The authority given by Jesus permits us to take action on His behalf (John 14:13-14). It is by faith in Jesus Christ’s name we are saved, set free from the bondage of sin, healed, made perfectly sound and whole (Acts 3:16).
3. The Holy Spirit given to us is a scriptural fact. When we are born again by believing and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God resides in us by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13, I Corinthians 6:19). The Holy Spirit is real, He is our helper and His power is available to us every moment and for every occasion (Hebrews 13:6). When we stop waiting for a feeling and affirm the fact, the real feeling of God’s supernatural peace appears.
4. God gives us love (I John 4:19). Accepting and adapting to the fact that God loves us completely is transforming; He is committed to us and upholds us by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). Because of His love for us and in us, we have the ability to give unconditional love to others. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love and is ours to be released so we can look at people as the riches of God, interesting and valuable (Galatians 5:22). Giving love is obeying the royal law (James 2:8).
5. All things begin with Jesus and all things end with Him, in this life and beyond. Jesus is the Author and Finisher of the Christian faith (Hebrews 12:2). Our faith originates in Christ, reaches fulfillment in Him and is perfected in Him. Faith begins with Christ; He is the author and the cause, we are the effect. Because of what Christ accomplished during His earthly ministry, our faith is made whole and complete in Him.
Heavenly Father, by Jesus Christ’s name, I accept the scriptural fact that in me by the Holy Spirit is a power greater than myself. Thank you for the giving me the ability to express unconditional love and making me perfectly sound and whole. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!