Dead to Sin
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.Romans 6:6-7
We are no longer slaves to sin, because we were crucified with Christ, and we are set free from sin. We see ourselves as dead to sin because Christ died for our sins, we have forgiveness, and sin no longer has control of us. However, as long as we live in the flesh, we cannot be perfect like the Father and the Son. However Christ forgives us and presents to the Father as dead to sin.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23) We fight the evil temptations from Satan and we live in victory. To fight off temptations we need to always be aware that the Spirit of God lives in us, and the Father and the Son make their home with us, which means we are never alone. They are spiritual and we cannot see them, but we know they are with us. Imagine that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are always walking beside you, then the sinful nature is dead through divine power.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) As long as we live in the flesh we have a sinful nature, but Christ died for our sins, we have forgiveness and divine power to overcome. Christ died for our sins, and even though we live in the flesh, sin is no longer our master.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21) We are light for Christ in this world, and if we have a sinful habit, it will weaken our light. The more we replace evil with good, which includes both our thoughts and actions, the brighter our light in bringing people to Christ. And bringing people to Christ is the most important task for Christians; and everyone has talents, some have many talents, and some have few talents, but we use the talents God has given us. If we don’t know our talents, we pray an ask the Lord; it maybe reflecting Christ, showing love, kindness and patience, and caring about others.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) This is a powerful verse, and if we develop self-control no matter what the temptation is from Satan, and know all sin is against God, then we will live in victory over Satan. No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) We can find a plan to escape Satan’s temptations, and the Lord will help us to endure and show us how to escape.
Today know we have the power of Christ to overcome Satan’s temptation; we fight off sinful temptations, but since we live in the flesh, we cannot always be perfect, but we can always approach perfection, especially in our hearts.
Prayer: Lord, help me to see myself as dead to sin, but alive in Christ; and help me to capture every sinful thought to the obedience of Christ. In Jesus name, Amen