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Our Old Man is Crucified with Him
by Dottie McElreath

God Bless Your Day with Understanding! How many times have you prayed for your loved ones to come to God and not seen results? How many times have others come to you who have loved ones that have broken their hearts because of their sins and hard hearts? This is a cry we are familiar with and we can know how they feel but what's the answer? Do I have a quick fix or certain words to say to make it better? No, what I have to offer you is death. Let me show you a window to my life before you jump in over your head or walk away giving up.

My cry before the Lord has been for my family and I know I wearied Him with my pleas. I was prophesied over that He would add my kids to me and all my family, but closer to my heart were my kids. In January of this year He told me that my children would come to Him through my death so I accepted this thinking that it was sometime a long time down the road. I knew I had some work to do for Him, so there was no worry. He has urged me in the spirit to move on faster but I had many times let problems and people
interfere with the work that He had called me to do.

He began about two months ago to tell me He was taking me out because I was not moving forth as I should and that it was time for my children to come forth. I asked Him if He meant that it was time to come to Him and He said, "Yes!"

I told Him that right now my family would fall apart and He replied that He would be with them. It may sound strange, but I was actually looking forward to it.

He has shown me my ministry and I was a bit intimidated by what He had shown me, but if that was what He wanted, then He would have to move on it, otherwise I couldn't do it. When this came up I questioned Him about what He had shown me and He said, "Your kids will work in this ministry through your death. Now are you willing to die for their ministry?"

I didn't know what to say to this. I wanted to find places in the Bible where this had happened to other people, but I couldn't think of a single instance where this had happened.

I went to a prophet’s meeting and she prophesied that my daughter Shannon would come forth as an end-time prophet and God had shown me beforehand that she would do this after my death. I went the following Tuesday night and she prophesied that if my family would not let me go forth as God had instructed me to do, that He would move them out or me out and I questioned God again. Lord, are you moving me out or taking me out and He replied, "Taking you out." I didn't realize until later that they both meant the same thing. She had no way of knowing because I had not discussed this with anyone.

I began to feel that I was only half here and I was cheerful about that. He told me to get a Donor Card and I was fine with that. Just think, I could step out of this body into the arms of Jesus and someone or many someone's might be blessed with my usable parts. Do I sound cold? I don't mean to be, it was just so appealing. No! I'm not suicidal. I'm just telling you that when your time is up that God is so close and so

He asked me to examine my reasons for still being reluctant and I replied that I wanted to see my grandson that Christy is carrying and then I'll be ready. Was I stalling? I don't know, but I knew that his birth would be a sad time if I died and no way did I want to be the cause of any cloud on such a wonderful day. My daughter had turned her life around and I could hear God in her singing. My daughter Christy is experiencing a new birth in her spirit and I can see God working in my husband and my sons Jeff and Joey. Donna is coming forth almost in my footsteps, so I can see God is lining them up for their ministry and I'm in the way. After He showed me that He was working, He asked me again, "Are you ready?"

I saw down my children's future and my husband's also and said, "Yes, anytime you're ready."

He said, "Since you're willing to die for me, would you live for me?" I was stunned, wait a minute, and let me understand. I'm willing to die and now you say live?

He gave me the verses, Romans 6:1-14 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? {2} God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? {3} Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? {4} Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. {5} For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his esurrection: {6} Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. {7} For he that is dead is freed from sin. {8} Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: {9} Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. {10} For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. {11} Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. {12} Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. {13} Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. {14} For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

After reading I now understand something I had not really thought about. This dying to the world's influence is more than I had thought. I thought when you repented and accepted Jesus that you were then born again, but this gives you the right to become a Son of God, you still must die to sin. Romans 8:12-14 If you then will follow Christ then you must be a new creation so there must need to be a teaching and a dying process.

The disciples walked with Jesus but when He was crucified, fear held them in its grip, but with the acceptance of their ministry they came to the releasing of the anointing and they then became new creatures and we must do the same.

Paul was blinded in order for his teaching and rebirth to take place. This was an ongoing process. Paul said that he died daily for us so all of us have come through salvation and for many that will be the battle they will fight for the rest of their days. Trying to maintain their salvation. This means they will continue to be in Satan's dominion but if you will continue towards God then the dying of self will happen and Satan will no longer have a hold on you therefore you will walk in the spirit. Do you think impossible? Oh ye of little faith. No ye not that ye are to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus? When two or three are gathered in my name anything they shall ask, that shall I do!

You have the promises of God to walk on and what's behind you is not worth going back to. Offer Him your whole body, your whole life, your whole soul and stand and see God deliver you from evil and use you for His glory. I don't mean to overwhelm anyone and I realize that it does and I asked God should I soft-soap this and He said, "That has been done enough." So please stay with me as long as you can and I will stay with you
until God leads another way.

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