P90X+ Day 15 - Kenpo Cardio X+ and Ab Ripper X

That was a sweatfest! Punching, kicking, jumping, bouncing, lunging! What a fun fun cardio workout. And it flat wears you out. Even the breaks are full of action! And again...noooooooo Wesley Idol. There is no way to dog it on this one. Good workout. And yes, I busted out the Ab RipperX+ right after....can't loose out on that workout!

Last nights LifeGroup was amazing. As mentioned in my last post, the title of the lesson was:
"Is the Old Man Dead? Or.....does He Just Smell Bad?"

God gives new revelation, and with this it is a break from a lot of traditional teaching that many of us grew up with. Not only has the world shown us that we will deal with our issues and always deal with them, but so too have many churches taught the same. That we must deal with our sins, deal with who we were before we were saved...fight that battle of sin. ----What a load to carry!

Jesus was crucified 2009 years ago....Galations 2:20 says we were crucified with him. That means the dead spirit we were born into was exactly that....dead. The gift of salvation is available because of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus....He doesn't die again to give us another gift! Its up to us when we choose it....but we are choosing a gift that has always been available to us.

Romans 6:5-9 (NKJV) - For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

"our old man was crucified with Him"!!! - If we were crucified with Christ and through crucifixion he died, our old man can't die anymore either....LET HIM STAY DEAD!!!

Compare that to the weight you've lost during this lifestyle change of getting fit. In one year I've lost 45 pounds! I can tell you...when I pick up a 45 pound weight and am reminded of the amount I was carrying around, I guarantee that I am not going back to that....that is something that is dead to me. But....I can't, through my own will, succeed. I need help. ---- To simplify, We can not live righteously through the flesh....it is a guarantee that if we try, we will fail. Only through our new spirit can we live a righteous life. We will find that drive through our FAITH! And faith is not based on "feeling"....its not an emotion! It is based on a RECKONING!

ROMANS 6:11 (NKJV) - Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

RECKON means - To account for. Actively believing what you know. To substantiate by faith what is reality.

The key to RECKONING is REVELATION.....First you "KNOW" - Then you "RECKON"

So...when we RECKON our death, we RECKON our LIFE!

We come back to the question...."Are we sinners saved by grace, or saints who sometimes sin?"

If we still see our identity (WHO WE REALLY ARE) as a sinner, then we will be as we think we are.

BUT....if we see ourselves as a new creation, our life EXCHANGED at the cross, with a new nature, genetically new, with a new inner drive toward holiness, we will be as we RECKON we are. Stop carrying around that stinky old carcass and LIVE......Live the Exchanged Life!