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Walking in Freedom
12/7/2015

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.  And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:16-18 (NKJV)

All too often I hear of a testimony of someone who has backslidden in their walk with Jesus because of something they are going through, and many times it has to do with their prayer not being answered.  I have spoken with a number of people who sincerely want to be delivered from some addiction they are suffering from, such as drugs, alcohol, pornography, or gambling, but they are disheartened because they have not been able to stop.  In the end, they become bitter towards God, and begin to blame Him for not taking away their fleshly desire to continue in sin.  

I try very hard to be sensitive to what they are feeling, and experiencing, but I am equally determined to bring them back to the truth of what is actually occurring in their physical life, and in their Christian walk.   God’s Word clearly tells us He has actually broken the chains of bondage to sin, once we have received Jesus as our Lord—we are no longer a slave, nor do we have to obey our fleshly desires (Rom. 6:1-7). 

This does not imply we won’t be tempted to sin anymore once we have given our life to Jesus. Even though we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, and have been given citizenship in Heaven, we still live in a corruptible, temporary tent, known as a physical body, and it is our responsibility to crucify our fleshly desires, and submit to God’s will for every situation.  It is our responsibility to walk in newness life, to put off the old man, with those old sinful ways, and to put on the new man (Rom. 6:4; Eph 4:17-32).  We cannot do this in our own power (John 15:5), but we can do it with God’s help (Phil 4:13).

We must make a decision within our heart and mind to hold fast to God’s promises within His Word, and decide right then and there to walk in faith, and obey what we have been told to do (cf James 4:7).  We must seek the power of His Spirit through prayer, and fix our mind upon God and His Word.  As we do this we will begin to experience His perfect peace (Isa. 26:3), and we will see the strongholds being removed from our life.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 6:16-18, what can we learn about our responsibility of obeying God, or choosing to obey the enemy?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to do your part and faithfully obey what God has told you to do when facing a temptation to do something against His will?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make the decision to do what God’s Word has told you to do when facing temptation in your flesh, rather than choosing to continue to sin and then blaming God.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me a roadmap to follow when I find myself stuck in the pattern of sin.  Help me to understand Your will for my life when this occurs and give me Your strength to walk in newness of life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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