ROMANS 6:11 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Dec 5-12)

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The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:

“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11).

Early Christians had an idea that there were different types of martyrdom. While they got a little carried away with their imaginations, the principle is Biblically sound in as much as physically dying for Christ is not the only form of "dying" for Him that we are to do, nor even perhaps the most important. To lay down your life for Jesus is deeper than simply putting your life on the line and being put to death for His name. This is an ultimate test of our Faith in Him, and is precious in His sight, but the Scriptures are clear that we are to die for Christ even while we are alive. What does that mean? How do you die, yet stay alive? Well, we die to ourselves and live for God. We lay down our lives for Him, and we become "living" sacrifices. What does that mean? It means we are dead to our human desires, wishes, dreams, and lusts - dead to other men's rules and regulations - dead to our flesh and dead to sin, alive only to the will of God. We are to live for Him and not for ourselves. Only Jesus did this perfectly, but God has made Him our example, and we are to emulate Him.

In a conversation with Jesus, Peter illustrated how we sinful mortals misunderstand what it means to lay down our lives for God. Peter offered to lay his life down for Jesus, meaning he'd die for him, but Jesus countered by pointing out that this didn't mean anything if Peter wasn't willing to lay his life down for Jesus, while Peter was alive. You see, Peter thought being put to death for Jesus was the greatest thing he could do for Jesus, but Jesus was saying, "Peter, in your life, while you are living, you are denying me - how is that laying your life down for me? And if you deny me in life, how will you affirm me in death?" God desires us to die to ourselves and live for Him while we walk in this world.

What is more, Scripture tells us we are to die like this daily! Paul tells us that our bodies are literally God's temple on earth - the dwelling place of His Holy Spirit, and just like the physical temple on earth where sacrifices were offered year round, we are to sacrifice our lives, day after day - not as atonement for sin and not for our Salvation, but to please God as our means of worship.

Jesus is our best example. He laid His life down for the Father from the moment He was born. He was dead to everything except the will of His Father. Not a single thought, word, or act of His was willful. He did nothing for the sake of His flesh, nor was there a single heartbeat for sin in His chest. While He lived on earth, the life He lived, He lived to the Father - and then, when it came time, He laid His life down in death for the will of the Father, which was to pay with His sacrifice for the consequence of sin for all who entrust themselves to Him. As the Firstborn among many brethren, Jesus is our example to emulate in our lives.

In our walk in this world, may we lay down our lives for God - putting to death the sinful deeds of the body and its fleshly lusts - becoming living sacrifices - alive only to His will for as long as we are alive in this world. This is our means of worshiping God. Even so, Amen.

Other verses to consider:

“Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, where are You going?’ Jesus answered, ‘Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.’ Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times’” (John 13:36-38).

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:15-18).

“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11).

“For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13).

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Romans 12:1).

“For if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).

“I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:31-34).

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

“If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, ‘Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!’” (Colossians 2:20-21)

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4).

“It is a trustworthy statement: ‘For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us’” (2 Timothy 2:11-12).

“And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).

“Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ Says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:15-18).

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