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Are you living a resurrected life? Are there things you left behind in that grave Jesus called you out of that you keep running back to? Jesus is calling you, like Lazarus, to come out of that grave and leave it behind you! To take off those grave clothes and put on Christ! Are you living a life of freedom and victory or is the enemy beckoning you back to the dead things in your life?

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Living a Resurrected Life – Salvation by Faith

Jesus called me out of my “grave” back in 1996. Actually He had been calling me out since I was a young child but I finally took those steps out of the tomb in 1996 when I gave my life to Him!

At that moment, I left the grave behind me. I took off my grave clothes, was baptized and put on Jesus my Messiah! I was a new creation!

2 Corinthians 5:17 says

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ESV

You are a new creation! The old is gone! It has passed away! The past is dead and buried! It is no longer you who live but Christ lives in you!

Galatians 2:20 says:

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ESV

You left your old self in the grave and the life that you now live in the flesh is new! We are now living a life of freedom from sin and death!

 

Living a Resurrected Life – The Old Has Passed Away

Let’s go back to 2 Corinthians 5:17 for a moment.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ESV

The ESV and even the KJV says the old has “passed away”. 

The Greek word for “passed away” is parerchomai, and it means, according to Strong’s Concordance 

To pass away or perish

But another meaning I find interesting is:

To go past, pass by of persons moving forward

I find it interesting that this word in the Greek means both to pass away and to pass by of persons moving forward.

It, combined, can be an act of moving forward past what has passed away!

Jesus called you out of the grave. Are you moving forward past what is gone or are you returning to the grave?


 

Returning to the Tomb

As I mentioned early, I was saved in 1996 and even now sometimes I keep running back into that grave, into that tomb Jesus called me from.

Living a resurrected life and a life of freedom doesn’t mean living a perfect life! Our old man or woman may be buried but they have a resurrection every now and then and flesh gets in the way and beckons us back to the grave; to the old habits and old way of living.

But the one thing about God, the one thing about the Lord we serve, is that He never leaves us in there.


 

He keeps calling us back out!

Lazarus was in the grave for 4 days and his sister was worried about the stench! Martha told Jesus in John 11:39

Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” NIV

Jesus replied

“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” NIV

Do you think that when you return to the grave, when you return to the old things you had left behind to follow Christ, that you “stink” too much for God to use you or redeem you from it? Do you think you fell so far back into that grave that you cannot be forgiven? 

Rest assured, God is able! 

Luke 15:24

“For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” NIV

Alive again! You are alive again!

We may return to the grave at times but Jesus called you out of it and He will continue to call us out! You are alive in Christ! He can forgive us for our mess ups, our mistakes, our failures, our sins and restore us to righteousness and a life of freedom from condemnation!

There is nothing too big for God to handle!

 

Leave the Grave Behind

Leaving a resurrected life means you keep moving forward in your walk with God and don’t look back at that tomb you left behind you!

Rely on God and He will get you through any trial or trouble!

If we keep relying on those old habits, those old relationships, those old ways we will keep moving back into that grave.

The enemy wants you back in there. He wants you stuck in the tomb with the deadness it brings.

The devil wants you to lean on those old habits instead of on the one true living God.

Don’t listen to the enemy because he is liar.

Living a Resurrected Life -Crushing the Head of the Serpent

One of my favorite scenes in the movie The Passion of the Christ is in the beginning of the film, where Jesus crushes the head of the serpent.

Eve had a life of ultimate freedom. She had paradise and the Lord’s presence surrounding her and, instead of listening to the Lord and the ONE thing He told them not to do, she spoke to what she should have been stepping on!

Many times, the enemy starts calling God’s blessings into question in our lives. He often tries to convince us that we were better off in our old way of life whenever we start to experience difficulties. The enemy whispers in our ear that God surely must not care about us if He lets us go through these troubles!

Eve allowed that conversation to continue! She allowed his lies to get into her heart and in an instant gave up her blessing.

Stop speaking to dead things! Don’t speak to the things you need to step on!

Romans 16:20

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” ESV

Step on it! Don’t allow him to call you backwards! Ignore the lies and stomp on that serpent and keep moving forward in Christ, living a life of freedom!

Glorious Day – I Ran Out of That Grave

One of my favorite songs about living a resurrected life is Glorious Day by Passion w/Kristian Stanfill! I thought of that song as I was writing this post and wanted to share it with you! See the video below!

Other Posts

Some other posts like “Living a Resurrected Life” you might enjoy:

HOW TO TRUST GOD WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN

BEARING FRUIT AS A CHRISTIAN IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY – PRUNING IN THE BIBLE

GOD INTENDED FOR GOOD – SHAKE IT OFF!

LET DOWN YOUR NETS – GOD MOVES WHEN YOU MOVE IN FAITH

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WAIT FOR THE LORD?

GOD IN THE DETAILS – YOU MATTER TO GOD

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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.

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    Patsy Burnette
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    Diane, I love your analogy of returning to the tomb and the fact that He keeps calling me back, keeps seeking and pursuing me. SO THANKFUL!

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    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    Lauren Renee Sparks
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    It’s so easy to forget that I’m not the same old person but have resurrection power living within me. Thanks for this reminder. laurensparks.net

    bluecottonmemory
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    I am so glad there was resurrection after crucifixion – and He pulled me out of that grave! Thank you for sharing this sweet message!

    karentfriday
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    Yes! We need to take off our grave clothes and live the resurrected life because the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us!

    Rebecca Hastings
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    What do I keep coming back to? What a good question that I will be thinking about for some time!

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    Aimee Imbeau

    I absolutely love this post, Diane! I am featuring it on G&T this week. Thanks for sharing.