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No Longer Slaves
1/21/2014

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that 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 6:5-6 (NKJV)

Jesus said, “whoever commits sin is a slave of sin (John 8:34),” meaning the one who practices sin, will become a slave to it.  Slavery can be defined as submission to a dominating force, and this is exactly what happens when we play around with the dark things of this world—we come in submission to these things.  But this is not what the Lord wants for us, because He knows it will lead to death, killing both the body and soul. 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

Maybe you have made a profession of faith only to return to the bondage and slavery of sin.  I would encourage you to stop, change your mind and turn from this way of living.  We need to remember; God is bigger than any temptation or fleshly desire we will face, and as such He will give us the power to overcome our temptation to sin. Notice, I didn’t say He would stop the temptation to sin, but He will help us overcome the “temptation.”

Q:         So as Christians why do we continue to live as slaves to sin when we have been told clearly by God, “You’re free from the bondage of sin!”

The Devil is the father of all lies and he will continue to attempt to fill our minds with the help of his emissaries. As he tempts us into filling our fleshly desires, he follows up with continual condemnation of our failure, and he leaves us in the very bondage of lies and sin that we were freed from.  This has been Satan’s pattern since the fall of man, and it is the pattern of man’s flesh in this world.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

We need to fill and feed our minds with the truth of God’s Word, because as believers and followers of Christ we have been set free.  We need to think on these things, and keep them in our minds, as we meditate on what God has done for us and what He is doing in us.  We should always keep an eternal perspective daily, reminding ourselves of what is waiting for us, and of how short a time we are here on this earth.  Sin will lose its grip upon our life as we exert the power of the Holy Spirit and our freedom in Christ.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans James 4:7, what should we do when confronted with the temptation to sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Have you been freed from sin only to get entangled into that lifestyle again?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s guard ourselves from conforming to the lifestyles of this world!  Let’s choose to feed our mind something healthy.  After all, we are what we eat.  Let’s read our Bibles daily, and let’s make sure to pray before and after reading—asking God to show us what He wants us to see and retain for application in our life.

LET'S PRAY: Father, we are sorry for those times we have returned to the very things you have freed us from.  Help us to see clearly how these things are robbing us and those in our lives of the blessings You have intended to give.  Give us Your wisdom to implement what You have taught us.  And give us the strength to refrain from the temptations of our flesh.  We ask these things humbly in Your Son’s precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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