Dying to Live

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Romans 6:11-12 (NLT) 

11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.

A medieval monk named Thomas a Kempis wrote, “You cannot possess perfect liberty unless you wholly renounce yourself…Forsake all and you shall find all…Truly the life of a good Christian is the Cross, yet it is also a guide to Paradise” (Of the Imitation of Christ, 131, 177). Jesus calls us to die to our sin, in essence, to say “no” to sin. Jesus offers us new life free of charge; all we have to do is accept it. However, we must also be willing to live out this new life. We must be willing to totally commit ourselves to a new life of faith. While it is true that we have died to our old way of life, but we must be completely committed to living out this death and resurrection on a daily basis. What Paul is talking about is self-denial, a term that is foreign to our “of it feels good, do it” society. How do we do that? First, we must understand that God has given us the power to say “no” to sin. God told Cain way back in Genesis 4:7, Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Would God have told him to master something if it was impossible? Of course not! So how do we master sin? It is done through the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatian church, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses” (Gal. 5:16-18, NLT). When we yield to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives we receive the power to overcome sin. Be an overcomer!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark


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