I’m Dead to That (July 18, 2013)

Romans 6:7-11 For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.  We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him.  For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The third step you must take in the process of change is believing that you are dead to sin.  We can’t just accept forgiveness from God and just go on.  Paul, in Romans 6, wasn’t talking about a future in heaven; he was assuring us that we can live with Christ right now.  Because of Christ, the power of sin is broken. Sin can no longer control us if we are living in Christ.  We must  live for God day by day and make a choice not to let sin reign in us.  We must exercise our faith.

“If you want to be different at that point of temptation, exercise your faith.  Believe in your heart that you are dead to sin and confess with your mouth–speak it out!…Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth those four words:  ‘I’m dead to that.'”¹

Father God,
Thank You for sending Your Son to die so I can have victory over sin.  I believe that sin’s power is broken in me.  Please bring this to mind when temptation comes.  Give me faith to believe I can choose, not to sin and speak the words “I’m dead to that.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.

[Read Philippians 1-4]

Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

¹James MacDonald, “Lord Change Me“, rev.ed. (Chicago, Illinois, Moody Publishers, 2002) pp. 131-132

 

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About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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