Time with the Lord: This morning my devotion took me to Romans 6 in the Mirror bible. 6:12 you are under no obligation to sin; it has no further rights to dominate your dead declared body. Therefore let it not entice you to obey its lusts. (Your union with his death broke the association with sin [Col 3:3].)
You hear people say …… dead men have no rights. Todd White says. “When you signed up for this you signed up to die.” Two very powerful statements. In the above passage Holy spirit makes a statement. “You are under no obligation to sin.” So why is that so hard sometimes? This week I felt obligated to sin. I received an email last week that was very hurtful and damaging to my heart. Emails can be very hard to understand. What I mean is ….. We try to read it in the tone we think the other person is writing it. Most of the time we are wrong. It boils down to “pain is inevitable suffering is optional.” Pain is going to happen. People say mean things that will hurt you. It can’t be helped. How we respond can be helped. For me, sometimes I respond to other people the way I want to respond to the person that hurt me. (Not good). When I said I chose to sin I did. I stayed angry and in my heart I wanted to be vengeful. (My wife says I have a mean streak in me, not sure where that comes from) The suffering I was walking in was making it hard to do anything. I had lost my focus. Then came Wednesday morning. Sitting on the couch just being quite at 5:00 in the morning. I asked the Lord what to do. The problem with the question is I had not even thought two words of the question when I hear “let it go” and there was no mistake it was Holy Spirit. Can I say I was not very happy about that! I was pissed! Unfortunately there is no arguing with the one who is always right. You can try but it just doesn’t work. Now my heart is good and I am back to where I was before the email.
Struggling with sin is really annoying. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I could not or chose not to do anything about it. The truth is … many times when we are walking in something that is unrighteous, it takes a word from the Lord to turn us back in the righteous direction.
6:13 Do not let the members of your body lie around loose and unguarded in the vicinity of unrighteousness, where sin can seize it and use it as a destructive weapon against you; rather place yourself in 1readiness unto God, like someone resurrected from the dead, present your whole person as a weapon of righteousness, (Thus you are reinforcing God’s grace claim on mankind in Christ; 1paristemi, to place in readiness in the vicinity of). 6:14 Sin was your master while the law was your measure; now grace rules. (The law revealed your slavery to sin, now grace reveals your freedom from it.)
Be Sons today!