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A couple of days ago, I was listening to a sermon by Christine Caine titled, “I Can’t, But He Can”.  She made the statement “There has to be a death before there can be a resurrection.” Isn’t that the whole premise of the Christian life?

Romans 6:4 is a verse that is often quoted during baptisms,

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 

“There has to be a death before there can be a resurrection.”

Yesterday, I put to death my dreams of having a thriving business. I let go of a tremendous opportunity to work with a much sought after mentor. I did that not knowing what would come next. I did it in obedience, and I did it in faith that what God has for me is far greater than what I could ever imagine for myself.

I mourned that death. I cried. I ate carbs! And in the midst of my pity party came new life. The words began to flow, and I began to write. God told me that I would write a book (several), but I’ve had writer’s block since. I could not get the words out. As it turned out, I was the one doing the blocking by not fully dying to my dreams. Almost immediately after I put to death my dreams, God allowed a new one to grow!

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. – John 12:24-25 NASB

“There has to be a death before there can be a resurrection.”

What in your life has to die so that you can live in the purpose God has called you to?

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