Stuck in Fleshly Living
Belief doesn’t automatically cause life-change. That’s probably one of the biggest hiccups in evangelicalism today: We think that if we know something in our heads, we’re automatically going to act on it. Not the case. That’s why there are so many believers stuck on the log of fleshly living. We have to step beyond belief in the brain only. We need to be willing to take a faith step by counting on it in our souls.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him… In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. …offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. —Romans 6:8, 11, 13 (emphasis mine)
The word count means to “mark it down,” to “reckon it as right,” to “make an account of it.” It is what an accountant does when he is keeping his books. Writing it down doesn’t make it true; it is true, so he writes it down. It is true that we are dead to sin but alive to Christ, count it! This is the great bridge between belief and application—it’s where we begin to personally own truth and begin to count on it as we face battles in the real world