Happy Friday to you all! I pray your week has went well. Remember when you can’t see God’s hand in your life, trust His grace is covering you.
TFTD: Cut the umbilical cord
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
John 17:15-18 (NIV)
15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[a] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
Romans 8:9 (NKJV)
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
The umbilical cord is a natural channel which carries fluids between the developing embryo or fetus and the placenta. The umbilical cord is necessary for the developing life of a child and stays in place until after birth. Today’s message is very simple-BELIEVERS CUT THE UMBILICAL CORD TO THE WORLD!!!
Before we accept Christ, our focus is on seeking the approval and critique of the world. We need the world to validate us, we need the world to co-sign our behavior, we need the world to tell us what’s “In and Out”. We are essentially attached to the world by an umbilical cord. We look to the world to bring us all that we need to sustain life. Now once we accept Christ as our personal savior, we need to cut the cord! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” It’s time to cut off the old things that were attached to our identity when we were in sin and walk in our new self-image in Christ.
Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to the world. There are too many believers trying to make the world fit in their Christian life, when we really need to make our Christian life dictate how we conduct ourselves in the world.
John 17:15-18 tells us that we are not of this world, so why do so many believers try to make this world their home? Why are so many believers trying to fit into the world?
Romans 8:9 tells us that we are spiritual beings! This means that we are spiritual beings living in the world, much like Christ, a spiritual being, who was made flesh. Christ was in the world, but not OF the world! We are in the world, but not OF the world! So we must stop conducting ourselves as fleshly beings trying to do spiritual things and begin walking in our calling. We are spiritual beings who happen to be wrapped in flesh.
Since we are spiritual beings, it’s time to cut the umbilical cord to the world. We don’t need the world to supply us with what we should think, how we should act, what we should say, who we should hang around, how we should care for ourselves and our loved ones and the list goes on. We need to walk in our calling of the Most High. Believers-if you are wondering why you can never get ahead in life, it’s probably because you are still attached to the world. CUT THE CORD!!! God wants you to walk in your purpose.
Are you ready to cut the umbilical cord to the world?
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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