Once a week, I'll be posting one of the daily entries from The Embrace devotional.  Here's the first.

The Embrace
Day 01

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  ~ Rom. 6:4b
“It’s the beginning of surrender…”  ~ The Embrace

The moment we receive new life is the moment our old life ends, stops, ceases to exist.  The independent, self-centered nature of our lives doesn’t get whittled away at bit-by-bit; it’s destroyed in a single blow.  How many of us truly realize that, through Jesus, our old life is truly dead?

One of the most essential moments in the death of our old life is when our prideful nature– the idea that we are capable of living Christ-centered lives by our own efforts– comes crashing down.  We must let go of thinking that we are worthy of being children of God on our own merit.  Surrender doesn’t just mean I accept and trust that the Lord knows what is best; it means I also admit that my own attempts to measure up to Him will always fall short.

*What is standing in the way of my complete surrender to the Lord?
*Am I willing to admit that I am righteous and blameless only because of the sacrifice of Jesus, not by my own efforts?

Blessings on the rest of your 2010!

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