By: John Stenen
A sign hanging outside a small dyeing establishment read: “I live to dye, I dye to live, the more I dye the more I live, the more I live the more I dye.”
What a great spiritual truth. When we die to self, the Lord Jesus Christ is able to live His life through us. “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). As a Christian we need to reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:11). Also, Romans 6:14 says: “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
You and I will never be free from sin as long as we live in this flesh. However, what a wonderful and powerful gospel that tells us; “How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 6:2). Sin should never be a ‘normal way of life’ for any Christian. Not if we are going to mature in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and strive to become more like Him. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can resist the temptation to sin. “Therefore, submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”( James 4:7). God bless.
Get the Dirt
Kathy Schwartz, Murray County Master Gardener
Don’t pinch mums after mid-July; you may delay flowering. Dig potatoes when the tops die. Keep deadheading spent annual flowers for continued bloom
Consider fertilizing perennials cut back for rebloom. Use a low nitrogen, slow release fertilizer to avoid burn.
Information provided by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.