We’ve been looking at a process this week that is very important. You must first know you are united with Jesus Christ, then you must reckon or count it to be so. Now I want to show you that you must yield to your new identity in Christ.

Let’s begin with Romans 6:12: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts.” Now it doesn’t say you won’t have lusts. The Holy Spirit will stop you from fulfilling the desires of the flesh, but He won’t necessarily stop you from having the desires of the flesh.

Instead, God’s provision is that you don’t have to let your desires “act like the boss” in your life. You don’t have to obey what your fleshly desires are telling you to do.

One of my ministerial responsibilities is performing weddings. In every ceremony comes the place where I ask, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?”

Generally, it’s the father who says, “I do.” When that happens, an exchange takes place.

Now, I have bad news for the father. Once he says “I do,” he can sit down. I’m through with him.

The bridegroom steps up to replace the father. He and the bride come before me, I go through the service, and then I close the ceremony by saying, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Then the audience will stand and receive the new Mr. and Mrs. So-and-So.

That young lady has been transformed, not because she’s not the same person, but because she has a new identity now. Once she has been presented by her father, she comes under a new authority. She enters into a new relationship.

The first man is overruled by a newer man for one reason alone. This woman has transferred identities. The Bible says you have transferred your identity to Christ. So, when that old man called the flesh starts telling you what to do, you are supposed to respond, “I have a new Husband now. See, I’m wearing a new ring. I have a new name.”

You must yield yourself to God on a daily basis. You begin your day by saying, “Lord, I am married to You, so please enable me today to be crucified with You.” You must yield, or present, yourself to Christ.

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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