Isaiah 33:13-36:22; Galatians 5:13-26; Psalm 64:1-10; Proverbs 23:23
“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:24-25
Martin Luther knew that he couldn’t beat sins out of himself (he’d tried and was miserable). Depriving himself didn’t work either. Nor did following strict rules.
It wasn’t until Luther learned about grace–and believed that Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross was enough–that he found peace with God.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Luther was still very aware that even though he belonged to God, his sinful nature would remain until he reached his heavenly home. He penned the following words to remind himself of his nature–and the power of Baptism:
“The Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and desires.”
A daily dunking!
A daily rising!
A daily walking in the Spirit.
By the Spirit’s power we can walk right by the desires of the flesh. By the Spirit’s power we can walk in the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control of our Savior. And when we fail, God’s grace and mercy rights us to keep walking for Him.
Lord God, thank you for the waters of Baptism that made me your child and planted faith in my heart. May I remember that I have been crucified with Christ–the old is gone, the new has come. A daily dunk–a daily admission of “yes, Lord, I am a sinner. Forgive my sins, for Jesus’ sake.” A daily dunk–a daily exclamation that now the life I live, I live in Christ. To Him be the glory! Amen.