Monday, April 25, 2011

Sin is No Longer Your Master

Rom. 6:5-4 NLT
   5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. 
   12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

The Risen Lord, that we who believe celebrate every Easter, and all the days in between, tells us that we are new creations when we walk with Christ. The Apostle Paul reports to believers that the reality of Christ's resurrection is itself proof of ours. It is also proof that our sin nature was crucified-- killed, along with the Lord. It was buried along with the Lord. And the Resurrected Lord raises us to new life as well.

Our sin nature was put to death, therefore, it no longer has mastery over it, but we control it. We say 'NO' to sin from now on if we choose to exercise the power God has procured for us. So we have the choice to NOT permit sin to control us. We can choose NOT to give in to old sinful desires. We can choose to prevent our bodies from become embroiled in what God's Word describes as sinful behavior (vs 13). We now live our new life where sin no longer masters us. We are free from it. We live under a new freedom caused by the Grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Will you choose to live in this power today?

Your servant in Christ's love

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