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I wish it were that easy to delete my shameful behavior. But since that is not the way it works, it behooves me to consider what direction I want my life to go.
You may have noticed by now, the sixth chapter of Romans consistently urges us to choose a different way of living, including this week’s verses:
Romans 6:13-14 (NASB)
13 And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Why are we constantly compelled to present or hand over ourselves (physically or mentally) to behavior that will reap negative consequences? Let’s ask God to help us remember what our bad choices cost us the last time we offered “members of our bodies to sin.”
We can decide now how the next moment of temptation will go down. Will we end up kicking ourselves, hoping the self-loathing won’t hang around as long as it did last time, or will we come through the temptation filled with relief and a true sense of victory?
Each time we obey God, our confidence in His ability to keep us from future sin increases.
God’s grace is available to us. What would our lives be like if we were to tap into His grace and give ourselves over to Him, completely?
As we continue to spend time in God’s Word (including meditating on and memorizing), pray for His strength, and place ourselves under accountability (when needed), we will experience God’s power, even in – rather especially in our weakest moments.
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