"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace." --Romans 6:8-14
Whenever I feel I have life figured out, I always tend to fall flat on my face. I allow myself to get in the way of what the Lord is doing in my life. I hate that I always have to figure out the hard way to continuously pray that I would give everything over to the Lord. Too many times I tell God "No I have this under control" when really I need him and I continuously need his guidance and direction. This verse is a constant reminder of how I need Jesus to take complete control of every aspect of my life. Without him, I am a sitting duck for Satan to begin to twist my perception of things and allow him to infest the things the Lord has given me that are so good. Lucky for me and everyone else our God is a God of grace, and there is nothing I can do that He cannot conquer and that He cannot heal. I just have to die to myself and the ways of this world and make myself available to Him so that I can be alive to the things of above. In that death of myself, there is freedom in Christ. And its time that I truly begin to embrace that truth and experience that freedom and life in Christ that has been there for me all along.