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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.
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