Thursday, March 22, 2012

When Will I Ever Change?

Romans 6 (NIV 1984)
: 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
: 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

Romans 6 (AMP)
: 6 We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.
: 7 For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].
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“Oh, God, when will I ever change?”

Countless times I beseeched God to help me change in specific areas. And thankfully, God has helped me mature in some of them, but I still have much more growing to do. Just ask my husband, Bert. (Rather, please don’t!)

Relate?

What does it take to really change?

We have to nail our disobedient nature to the cross with Christ.

But how?

Simple, but challenging. We say no to sin, and yes to Christ each time we’re tempted. We realize His death on the cross not only paid the penalty for our sins, but His death and resurrection even delivers us from being controlled by sin.

I’m not trying to say this is an easy practice, or that there’s some kind of instant deliverance involved when we memorize these verses. But I am telling you (from personal experience) that there is victory over sin – even from those that seem to cling to us – when we continually surrender our will to the One Who surrendered His life for us.

Choose today to be free from sin. Again, let’s obey God one choice at a time. (It helps me to keep my Scripture memory cards near me, especially when I’m having trouble overcoming temptation.)

What about you?

     • Is meditating on Romans 6 helping the season of Lent become more    meaningful to you?

     • Are you able to recite the previous five verses?

To be honest, I’m not able to recite all the verses perfectly. But as I continue the effort to commit the verses to memory, I can feel myself acquiring a level of maturity and a deepening love for God’s Word. And remember, even if you just spend time each day meditating on these verses, you’ll reap huge benefits.

I promise!

9 comments:

  1. OK Bert, tell all, how much Sheryl needs to grow. Get your end of life documents ready first ha ha ha.

    We try, we fail and we try again but none of us are going to equal Jesus in resisting sin. We are all and will continue to be sinners. We make changes but there are so many ways to fall short, ways we may never even recognize.

    Anon in Ak

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  2. Anon in AK, Bert's at work, but I'll let him know you're waiting to hear from him!

    I agree, Anon in AK, that we'll never equal Jesus. But aren't you thankful for His mercy that is as constant as our need for it? Don't give up, Anon! His grace is always available to help us overcome temptation.

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  3. Waiting, waiting!

    Temptation can become overwhelming at times and I am often weak. Maybe not a problem much longer though, I might be a short timer.

    Anon in AK

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  4. Anon in AK, sorry for the wait! I think you can tell by Sheryl’s posts that she’s pretty candid regarding her shortcomings. But I always call her “the wife of the second chances.” She’s constantly forgiving me when I mess up. So, true, she’s not perfect, but she’s a keeper!

    Regarding your other comments, Anon, we’re not expected to be equal to Jesus in any area. We’re to call upon Him, confess our sins, and trust Him to help us change. I gotta tell you, Anon, you need to open your Bible and look up the many, many verses that speak of the victory we have in Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand the freedom we have in Christ.

    Also, keep reading the blog as Sheryl continues Romans 6. Sheryl and I pray that you will experience new life this Easter season. Be blessed!
    Many thanks for your comment on the blog, Anon.

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  5. I have been in the bible for 41 years and listen to at least 1 hour of church each day.

    I also find no inaccuracy in my posts.

    As for shortcomings of anyone, we all fall short but a sense of humor helps one to get through life. I believe God has a sense of humor as well.

    I won't post again so as not to offend.

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    1. Anonymous (Anon in AK), I just wanted to add to what Bert said (below) that we're sure sorry if we said something that offended you. I hope you feel free to comment again. And I want you to know how much I appreciated your being a part of the blog, Anon. I hope you have a very blessed Easter!

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  6. Anonymous (Anon in AK), I did not mean to offend you. In fact, Sheryl and I respect your point of view; but felt perhaps you needed some encouragement. (And yes, we can thank God for a sense of humor.)

    Please know, we would love for you to comment again; but understand if you chose not to. In any case, be blessed.

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  7. I am so glad that we are focusing on dying to self especially during this time leading up to Easter. It helps me to reflect on all that Christ overcame so that I could have life. The Word says He was tempted as we were but He was without sin (Heb.4:15). That tells me that I, too, can overcome temptation but I know that its not on my own strength but with Him living in me. I am very aware of my failures and shortcomings but the Word also teaches me that when I am weak, then He is strong because it is He who lives in me and because He lives in me I have hope that I can and will eventually overcome those things that easily beset me. I know I'm getting ahead of our reading, but further down in Romans 6, it talks about offering ourselves to God as an instrument of righteousness. As I do this daily, I am more aware of whether my thoughts, words and deeds are pleasing to Him. Am I perfect or will I be perfect on this earth? Definetly not but that will not keep me trying to be all that God made me to be. My hope and my salvation come from the One who paid it all!

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    1. MJ, isn't the whole chapter of Romans 6 great? I love the message of dying to our old selves and rising to a new life lived for God! To be honest, MJ, sometimes I get nervous that I won’t know what to write for the next post (especially when it appears repetitious). But each time I finish writing, I get so excited about what I feel God has led me to write. I’m amazed at His goodness. And yes, the verses to follow just get better and better! It was nice hearing from you again, MJ! Let's keep praying for each other that we will continue to rely on God's strength (and conviction) as we say no to sin, and yes to Him. Easter is going to be even greater as we celebrate what He has done in (and for) us.

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