Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Putting Our Sins in the Past (Cont. Romans 6)

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Do any of these scenarios describe you or your situation?

You thought gambling was fun, until the day you were unable to stop. You know it’s wrong to cheat on your school work, but you believe you have no choice. Every Friday night before your date, you beg God to give you the strength to not sleep with your boyfriend. You struggle with your temper, and vow that this morning is the last time you will take it out on your children or your wife.

Don’t give up. As you spend time memorizing and/or meditating on this week’s verses, notice the past tense used in the verses.

Romans 6:17-18 (NASB)
:17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
:18  and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 

My paraphrase:
Thanks be to God that though I was a slave to gambling, cheating, sexual immorality, or a bad temper, I now choose (from my heart) to follow God’s Word, and since committing myself to God’s truth, I have been set free from my bad and sinful habit so that I can serve God, instead.

May I be candid? We have no hope of changing if we don’t change who or what we’re listening to. Whether we’re listening to peer pressure, fear of failure or rejection – or to the devil, himself, we’ve got to do whatever is necessary to start going in a different direction.

Begin by spending time with God every day. Develop a closeness with Him – a closeness others will envy! Because the deeper our love for God runs, the greater we will desire to obey Him. Furthermore, the more we trust His love for us, the more we will trust His directions for us.

Are you ready to let God help you put your sins in your past? What do you need from God right now? Talk to Him. He’s listening.
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2 comments:

  1. "you became obedient from the heart"... That's what it is all about, "our heart" for God. We can't just know Him intellectually or obey Him intellectually or love Him with mere words. We must seek Him with our whole heart and love Him with our whole heart, and obey Him from our heart.

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    1. Amen, Barbara! Our seeking and relationship with God must be sincere and one we desire as our vital necessity!
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, as always. I appreciate your loyalty!

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