For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united with him in the likeness of his resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, to make our sinful body powerless, so that we would not continue to serve sin. For the person who has died has been declared free from sin. And since we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he will never die again. Death no longer has control over him. For the death he died, he died to sin once and for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, also consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Faith alone unites us to you. You sent us your Holy Spirit as your helper to establish trust in the hearts of your army of believers; faith that believes in you and your death and resurrection; that trust sets us apart as being your people. Yet while we are on this earth, we still deal with our old sinful selves that lure us into temptations and evil desires. However, it no longer has the power to drag us to hell as long as we believe in you rather than trusting in the cravings of this world. You forgave us all our sins; you paid the ultimate price for them through your blood. Your death redeemed us from all our sins. Then you rose victoriously from the grave three days later, defeating death. Therefore, as Paul wrote, we also rose with you in your resurrection. Since we died with you through faith and because you justified us, declaring us not guilty of our sins. We, too, have been given your victory over death. We have been given your righteousness, so the Father sees your perfection. Lord, thank you for all you provided so we would have life; we are alive to God in you, thank you. May we demonstrate our love to you by sharing your gospel and what you have done for us with others. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Since death no longer has a hold of Christ, trusting in Jesus means it will no longer have a hold of you. He died that you would live. Salvation is delivered to you through faith.