Every young seedling begins with a death. In order to grow, it needs to be buried, it has to take root, and it must be willing to give up the state it was in to become something new.
In 1 Corinthians 15:31, Paul says, “I die daily.” In a similar manner, Jesus says, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
We can’t be transformed if we’re not willing to give up the state that we’re in. We can’t walk in newness of life if we’re not willing to die.
Dying to ourselves isn’t something we say–it’s something we do day in and day out. It’s an ongoing process of giving up who we were for who we’re becoming in Christ.
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Consider the struggles you face and the sin you hold on to. Is it jealousy, pride, anger, or lust? Whatever it is, bring your burden to God asking Him to help you crucify this sin as you leave it behind.
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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