Tuesday, March 17, 2015

No, the Devil Didn’t Make You Do It (Continuing Romans 6)

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I read about people like Browns quarterback, Johnny Manziel, who ends up in rehab due to addiction problems, and heard that well-known TV anchorman, Brian Williams, was put on suspension due to various “misstatements,” -- and I can’t help but wonder if they're asking themselves, “Why did I let it get this far?”

I’m sure many of us can relate. However, the verses we will look at this week offer tremendous hope. They are not easy to practice, but if you will pray, asking to fully understand the meaning of the verses, your life will be changed:

Romans 6:6-7 (NASB)
Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

In other words, we are to say no to sin, and yes to Christ each time we’re tempted. We learn that Jesus’ death on the cross not only paid the penalty for our sins, but His death and resurrection also delivers us from being controlled by sin.

As I said, I’m not saying this is an easy thing to do. And I never mean to imply that there’s some kind of instant deliverance involved when we memorize and/or meditate on Bible verses – or even when we put ourselves under accountability.

However, I am telling you (from personal experience) that there is victory over sin – even from sin that seems to cling to us – when we continually surrender our will to the One Who surrendered His life for us.

In all honesty, I don’t always spend as much time memorizing and meditating on Bible verses as I’d like. But as I continue the effort to reflect on and obey the verses I do study, I can feel myself acquiring a level of maturity, spiritual strength and a deepening love for God’s Word.

And remember, even if you just spend a little time each day (or week) meditating on these verses, you’ll reap huge benefits.

I promise!

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  1. You are right Sheryl. This is not always easy, but Jesus did make it possible when He was victorious over sin and even conquered death. We CAN do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. Satan tells us we cannot do it or we cannot overcome sin in our life...But Jesus already did that on Mt. Calvary and He wants us to do it through Him. It is the standing and walking with Christ and focusing on Him that matures us.

    "I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one." John 17:15

    Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm." Ephesians 6:13

    1. You are so right, Barbara! I often think what a gracious God He is. He not only tells us what we need to do to live (and enjoy) a great and meaningful life, but our God even enables us to do it! He gives us the will and the ability to obey Him.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!


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