Sin is no longer my master.
I want to do what is right in my Fathers eyes.
Romans 6:12-14 (NASB)
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be your master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Romans 6:15-19 (NLT)
So since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does this mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive His approval. Thank God! Once you were slaves to sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin your old master, and you have become slaves of your new master, righteousness.
What a powerful truth and promise we have from God. We no longer have to be controlled by the things/stuff that we used to be powerless to change, no matter how hard we tried. The truth we have here is that whatever we feed will become stronger in us. If we feed our lustful desires in our thoughts and through our choices we are submitting to be ruled by sin. However, if we feed on the guidance God has given us and His presence with us for living in His holiness we will grow stronger at living in righteousness, His righteousness. This gift of righteousness, to be in right standing with God, is not of our own doing because our own effort is self-righteousness; the pride of self. (Look at me and what I have done...!)
The promise we are given here is a guarantee of victory over what has controlled us in the past. This does not mean that no effort is required on our part. We constantly get to make the choice on who we are feeding. The world we live in is controlled by sin and is a constant influence in our life. As we overcome an obstacle, letting it go and giving it to Jesus, our faithful and true God will reveal something else we can surrender next. This helps us to remain vigilant. We are constantly under construction in this fallen world as we learn to live in the identity our God has given each of us.
When we have surrendered through God’s strength and not our own, we are more than changed, we are transformed and the power or influence our temptation has over us grows less and less with time. Sometimes this happens quickly and sometimes slowly. What must remember, this keeps us humble, that we are capable of being trapped by sin at any time. The adversary rarely makes a frontal attack when we have really “sold out” to living life God’s way. Instead, he attempts to get us to compromise a little bit at a time and before we know it we are not even on the rabbit trail any more. We have taken a wrong turn on a wrong road robbing us of the victories we were building on with God leading us.
When we recognize this in our life, humility is our friend. Humility is accepting and admitting the truth of our actions without seeking to justify or explain. Humiliation is when we are tearing down the value our God gives us and the esteem He has for us. Humiliation is not related to humility. We are all guilty of our humanness and we will never live a perfect life. Our goal is to honestly be the best we can be with God’s help, living in His mercy and grace as He continues to reveal Himself and who we are in Him as His special treasure, His favorite child.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?