Tuesday, April 10, 2018

How To Live Your Life Free From Sin

…our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. —Romans 6:6

{CHAMBERS} “Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you? It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin. It is, however, the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you– not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but crucified— just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world. No one can bring anyone else to this decision. […] Pull yourself up, take some time alone with God, and make this important decision, saying, “Lord, identify me with Your death until I know that sin is dead in me.” Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death.[…] Are you prepared to let the Spirit of God search you until you know what the level and nature of sin is in your life— to see the very things that struggle against God’s Spirit in you? If so, will you then agree with God’s verdict on the nature of sin— that it should be identified with the death of Jesus? You cannot “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin” (Romans 6:11) unless you have radically dealt with the issue of your will before God.[…] “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20).

{ELGIN}  There is a distinction concerning sin which escapes many of us.  We can recognize that sin is bad.  We acknowledge that Jesus has saved us from the penalty of sin.  But where we fail is that we continue to accommodate our sin nature .. we make excuses for it .. make allowances for it .. even call what is sin .. not to be sin .. at least for us.  We think that we are the captains of our own ships .. masters of our bodies and minds … when, in fact, we are slaves on those ships … in bondage to the god of this world.  To continue the ship analogy  little further … You were once a slave on the “sin-ship” bound in chains … forced to man an oar.  But Jesus broke those chains through His sacrifice and by your faith, yet you continue to man the oars .. even though you are no longer bound .. you are free to leave the ship.  I read once about a farmer who put his pigs in a pen with an electric fence.  After a period of time, he took the fence down, but the pigs refused to cross where the fence had been.  Even though they were freed from their confinement … they remained.  That is how it is with us and the sin-life.

You are free.  (John 8:34-36)  “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”  To actually live in the truth requires spiritual discipline.  You cannot do it using your own will-power or should I say “won’t-power”.  Like Paul said in Romans 7, it takes Jesus to save you from “this body of death.”  Don’t be satisfied … don’t accommodate any sin in your life.  Stop making excuses for it .. your sin is your sin .. don’t blame other people .. Don’t pretend like you don’t because everyone knows you do.  Instead … take it to the Lord and yield to the leading of the Spirit … You are not God and you are not the Holy Spirit … you are a sinner saved by grace … Praise God for that … and live your life in such a way that it brings glory to God and points people to Jesus.

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