There’s been an awful lot of struggle and confusion over the whole issue of dying to self, and it has turned into a system for many. Yes, we are indeed dead to sin in Christ. We don’t need to try to die, we simply need to see that our death in him has put us on the path of life, which is where we now live.
How can you realize the freedom you have in Christ? I say that you will discover it, more times than not, in the midst of the bondage that still seems to hold you down. You see, the power of the gospel is not found merely in the words of its testimony of Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is found in the reality that has been brought about because of who he is and what he has done. That reality is that Christ is in you. He is there, and his life witnesses from within you … despite all the doubts that you think actually come from within you. source