“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.”
Romans 6:6-7 (NLT)
It is hard to believe we are winning a war if we are in the trenches getting fired upon. Our army could be winning on all the other beach heads, but our own particular battle stands in the way of believing that we are a winner. It has happened before. Out in the remote posts of the Pacific where the word had not reached the soldiers that World War II was over, battles still went on. How many lost their lives after the war had already been won? It is this way in our battle with sin. Paul comes along and writes that our sinful selves have been put to death with Christ. Yet, we act as if it applies to everyone else but us. The battle is over but the news hasn’t reached our heart yet. When we became a Christian, we were emancipated from being a slave to sin. We were set free from the power of sin. Do we sin? Yes. But do we have to be under its control? No. We have been set free. Yet we act like a prisoner of war still living in our cell, oblivious to the good news. So what is stopping us from living free from the sin that is holding us down? Today hear the good news, “Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.” Arise, the battle is won, we are free!
Father, help me to really understand the freedom You have given me in Christ. Help me understand what it really means to be free from the power of sin. Help me today live in this new awareness, that my old sinful self is Crucified with Christ.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I am no longer a slave to sin
Today meditate on the new life you have in Christ. Visualize yourself with a real peace because of the forgiveness you have in Christ. Don’t focus on “not sinning” instead see yourself loving Christ and doing what He leads you to do. Focus on your love for Him and the joy you have living for Him.
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