Do You Walk In White?

January 15th, 2013 by Dave Leave a reply »

We were buried with Him . . . that just as Christ was raised from the dead . . . even so we also should walk in newness of life —Romans 6:4

No one experiences complete sanctification without going through a “white funeral”-the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crucial moment of change through death, sanctification will never be more than an elusive dream. There must be a “white funeral,” a death with only one resurrection-a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can defeat a life like this. It has oneness with God for only one purpose— to be a witness for Him.

Have you really come to your last days? You have often come to them in your mind, but have you really experienced them? You cannot die or go to your funeral in a mood of excitement. Death means you stop being. You must agree with God and stop being the intensely striving kind of Christian you have been. We avoid the cemetery and continually refuse our own death. It will not happen by striving, but by yielding to death. It is dying— being “baptized into His death” (Romans 6:3).

Have you had your “white funeral,” or are you piously deceiving your own soul? Has there been a point in your life which you now mark as your last day? Is there a place in your life to which you go back in memory with humility and overwhelming gratitude, so that you can honestly proclaim, “Yes, it was then, at my ’white funeral,’ that I made an agreement with God.”

“This is the will of God, your sanctification . . .” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Once you truly realize this is God’s will, you will enter into the process of sanctification as a natural response. Are you willing to experience that “white funeral” now? Will you agree with Him that this is your last day on earth? The moment of agreement depends on you.

Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord,
Is it an event or is it a process that you are looking for? The first part of a process could be seen as an event.

Sanctification is a continuing process punctuated by many events. Every person is different. I customize the plan for each individual. You err when you compare. My plan for you is revealed as you come to me with a surrendered heart and expectation to hear and obey. Sometimes you’ll see what the Father is doing and obey, like in John 5:19. Sometimes you will see my hand in your life only after you’ve walked thru an event. It is good to look back often, looking for these things. Then you will begin to know my ways and see things coming your way more often.


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