Choice of Attitude
"Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:11
Attitude is a belief or mindset; it can be seen in how someone presents themselves and the behavior they project. First of all, reckon means an attitude based on God’s Word, taking into account the facts of God’s Word and calculating the facts of identification and position in Jesus Christ. Then it is our privilege to say what is in God’s Word to be so! I am dead to sin and alive to God because of Jesus Christ.
The word likewise means to look at what Jesus was saying in Romans 6:6 before He said, “Likewise reckon you…” “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.” In this scripture, the word ‘sin’ refers to Adam’s original sin which opened the door to all human suffering. Every person is born into a sin-producing nature. Jesus Christ paid for and removed Adam’s sin, and ours, by dying on the cross. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, God gave forgiveness to all who live as self-destructive sinners.
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body…” Romans 6:12. Notice sin is in singular form. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are given a new life; the original sin-producer is dead. The challenge is to always choose the attitude that the original sin is dead, it is no longer real to God. The original sin remains alive because it has been passed down through our memory. Until we do understand that ‘it’ is dead, we will continue to live as if it is real. We are born with it, we grow into it, we are taught from others about it and we are used to living from it by fear, hurt, regret and insecurity; it seems natural. We live life trying to build our self image and overcome insecurity. The old self will drive us to try harder to be better. With understanding, we can replace the try attitude with a faith attitude by saying, Holy Spirit, I release You to be in me what I can’t be and do me in what I can’t do.
Religion exploits the human need to improve. Humans are easily addicted to performance rather than rely on faith. Religion says we need to do things to be close to God. Jesus Christ says, “Take My yoke and do things because you are close to God.” Never live ‘for’ Jesus, live ‘because’ of Him. A high level of revelation is Jesus in me as my life, not Jesus is my king.
An Attitude of Faith
1. Being alive to God is not a religion; it is a powerful life-style. Do not look outside for help. The Holy Spirit is on the inside, He is always our helper. Holy Spirit, fill me with Yourself for every occasion. Forgive me for those times I live like You are not real. I now reckon myself to be alive to God by Jesus Christ.
2. When I choose to be transformed by letting go of all religious ideas and I am open and receptive to Your guidance, wisdom and revelation, the power for my transformation is in the Holy Spirit, not by my efforts. My effort is only to allow Him and trust Him.
3. One of my favorite attitudes is to stop trying to be happy and be fulfilled. I live with conviction that Jesus Christ is alive in me by the Holy Spirit with courage to believe in new possibilities and a willingness to go where I have not gone before. In my true form, Christ in me and me in Christ, I explore and activate what is written in my heart. I choose my own thoughts by renewing my mind according to God’s Word (Romans 12:2). My life is not determined by what I think others think. I am fulfilled in my life and my youth is renewed. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ.
4. As I consider the Creator of this universe, I am aware of my smallness, my helplessness. Living in the valley of the shadow of death, I hear God whisper by the Holy Spirit, you are my container, filled with My vastness. My love for you is yours to express toward others. I have accepted Jesus as my Savior who gives me life, health and peace; this mystery releases transformation. My narrow self- concern shifts to expansion, creativity and purpose. I can no longer live attempting to please God or others, but I now live from His pleasure of me; His pleasure is my prosperity. It is God who works in me both to will and do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).