The devil desperately tries to attack our position in Christ each day. He despises believers, for he knows they are seated far above his domain. “But God, who is rich in mercy…. hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:4a, 2:6). In order to walk in our position, we must reckon that our old man is crucified. It is the only possible way we can live in God’s will and power. How do we accomplish this? It is a matter of choice. Each day we must choose to serve Christ, we must choose to hear the Word preached, and we must choose to read the Word of God.
We know that Satan’s ploy is to cause believers to put on “self.” The voice of the cosmos (world’s system) cries, “Be independent, speak up.” It lures people into defending their individuality in the midst of peers. You see, the devil wants us to keep Adam (the old sin nature) respectable by defending ourselves. Remember — orientation of self leads to self-pity. One who lies with a self-righteous, independent attitude will alienate himself from the Body of Christ.
This is the reason we must reckon ourselves dead to sin, and “alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11b). Then we will be concerned with the needs of others; “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).