Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fact Is Fact

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It’s a fact: I have been set free from sin’s dominion. Sin is powerless to control me.

Yet, why doesn’t my life reflect that fact?

I thank God for sending His own Son to die for me so that I can be free from Satan’s control.

Romans 8:2 (NIV 1984)
Because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Is there a more loving act than a perfectly holy God sending His own Son under the guise of sinful man to be a sin offering for me? (verse 3).

What have I done to deserve that kind of love? 

Nothing.

Which makes me, all the more, want to grasp and apply God’s sacrifice (and every bit of its meaning) for me, personally. So much so that since the beginning of the year, I’ve been, slowly, but steadily, memorizing and meditating on Romans 8.

As I do so, I’m asking God to teach me how to live His precepts throughout my day, especially in my relationships. Would you like that, too?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if the book of Romans became so real in our lives that all of our choices reflected its truths and commands? What if we lived as if we truly understood and appreciated God’s sacrifice? If we were to fully commit to this quest, I honestly believe we will overcome many of the sinful behaviors we have struggled with for years.

Each month, as we continue to ask God to show us one area of our lives we can surrender to Him, let’s remember that His Word is fact. Jesus died to set us free from the law of sin and death. Ask God to give you more understanding of what that means for you.

I don’t have a full understanding of all that it means, but I am growing in my understanding – and in my appreciation of what Jesus’ death and resurrection have provided for me.

And I will continue to seek to comprehend more fully this profoundly generous gesture!
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6 comments:

  1. I was just thinking about this today. It gets so frustrating when trials come and I realize how little faith I have. When things are going well it is easy to believe I have a lot of faith, but even a small trial shows me otherwise. I would be more devastated had I not heard Paul Washer confess his biggest struggle was lacking faith during trials. We need one another. We need to lift one another up in prayer and encourage each other. Jesus did set us free. Sin no longer has control over us, but we still need toward this out in our lives. We grow through our trials. God is faithful and He is perfecting us.

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    1. Amen! I'm thankful you constantly bring up how much we need each other, Barbara. Indeed we do need to pray and encourage each other consistently.
      I am thankful for God's longsuffering ways!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. God's Word is very good, indeed!

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  3. Ooh! I was pondering a neat verse this morning. 2 Corinthians 5:14 says, "if one died for sin, then were all dead." It occurred to me just how powerful that is. It was a done deal on the cross. Christ had paid the price. Our "old man" was *already* as good as dead -- the fact was just waiting for us to believe it! :)

    And the great beauty comes with the flip side (which brings us right over to Romans): "Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him." Love it!

    I do pray that is manifest more and more fully in me, too. :)

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    1. Hi, Sheila. Great comment! I am convinced that we have only begun to grasp EVERYTHING God has provided for us when He offered His Son as a sin offering for us!
      Thanks for stopping by ... see you again - I hope!!

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