Captive no More

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10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ. 12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. — Romans 6:10-14

Is there a certain sin that seems to have a foothold in your life? And does it almost seem as though the sin is getting more and more powerful each month, each year, and tragically, each decade?

 

Do you wonder if you ever will gain victory over it? Or worse, are you beginning to wonder if you are really a Christian? Sin is a horrible master, and it finds a willing servant in the human body. Sin wants to dominate you, but the good news is that as a Christian, you don’t have to be dominated by sin any longer.

 

There is a part of us that is drawn to the holy things of God, and there is a part of us that can still be drawn to the unholy things of this world. We all have that struggle. It is almost shocking, especially if you have been a believer for many years, that there still can be an attraction to sinful things.

 

Here is what we need to remember: we will never get to a point where we are temptation-proof. But I do think we can get to a point where sin will not be so alluring. It comes with growing deeply in our faith, learning more about Jesus, and being so enraptured with His love that we see this world for what it is.

 

To overcome sin, we need to know, we need to reckon, and we need to yield. Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NKJV).

 

To know has to do with the mind, and it is implied in the phrase, “likewise you also.” These three words refer back to the truths in Romans 6:1–10.

 

To reckon focuses on the heart. The word “reckon” used in Romans 6:11 means “to take into account,” or “to count as true.”

 

To yield deals primarily with the will. Romans 6:13 tells us, “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”

 

You have more than enough power to live this Christian life. You have the righteousness purchased by Christ with His own blood. So start taking hold of what God has already given you. Live in the newness of life, for which Jesus gave His own. — Greg Laurie

Visit Greg Laurie’s Site at Harvest.org

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