I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. - Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)
Just as the Resurrection gives us Christ’s power to live for Him, His crucifixion marks the death of our sinful nature. We can’t fully experience the victory of the Resurrection until we personally apply the crucifixion to our sinful nature. Paul wanting to know Christ meant putting all his evil fleshly desires to death. When Jesus went to the cross He didn’t come down. He went ALL THE WAY. No breathe left, blood poured out, dead weight lowered from the cross, carried to a grave, and rising a new being.
What is the sin in your life needs to die? It’s time to put it on the cross and let it die. Nail it to the cross to never come down. That may mean a slow and painful death, but if you want it to be removed from your life you can’t take it off the cross and then later decide to put it back up there. Jesus didn't come down and that gave us all the opportunity to receive salvation. Letting your sin die on the cross to never surface again, results in a new you. A resurrected you that is more on fire for Christ and stronger today than you were yesterday.
Father, help me identify the sin in my life that needs to die. Give me the strength to put it on the cross to die and when I’m weak and it calls my name remind me of your resurrecting power and the victory that is in your name. IN JESUS NAME AMEN.