February 23, 2009

No Longer Enslaved to Sin

Romans 6:5-14 was today's passage. Sometimes I look at my life and I see patterns of sin and things I do over and over that I know are not right. I feel like I am enslaved to sin. But I'm not. I'm united with Christ and that my "old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that (I) would no longer be enslaved to sin." I must now consider myself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. I can no longer let sin reign in me, causing me to "obey their passions." Instead I must present myself to God as one who has "been brought from death to life." "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace."

This all sounds much simpler than it is though. It is hard to avoid sin. We all do it probably on a daily basis. I think I "obey the passions" of sin because I don't present myself to God daily. Because we are weak, we need to be in constant prayer, study, and devotion to God. We must physically, mentally, and emotionally present ourselves to God every day, even multiple times a day. When temptations are near us, we must run to God. His grace pulled us out of sin and into His presence so we can worship and glorify Him with our lives. 1 Peter 2:9-10 "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, buy now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, bot now you have received mercy." How can we not be thankful? Grateful? When I think about what sin God has saved me from, I feel like I should be on my face in worship.

Praise the Holy God for Saving me from my sin.
Praise God for His Son. Praise God for Salvation.
Praise God for His Mercy and Grace.