Tuesday, June 3, 2014

truth about my sin

But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

There is nothing like applying the things that God says are true about us.  Being saved means that God has changed our lives.  We have gone from being under the law to under grace.  We went from living for what the old self wants to having the possibilities of a new person, the one God made possible through Jesus.

The person who has been saved has been released from sin and given new life in Christ.  Being saved is more than simply a change in our eternal destination.  It is further a change in our standing before God.  Before salvation our sin is uncovered and under the penalty of God’s law, yet after salvation we are under grace with our God covering our sin with His son’s death on the cross and finally his resurrection. 

That is a new view of our sin.  The habits found in our lives are no only breaking the law and heart of God, but they are keeping us from experiencing the freedom and abundant life God wants us to have.  Sin has be dealt with.  God forgave it, and now it is our turn to apply what God says about it. 

If that had been necessary, he would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But no! He came once for all time, at the end of the age, to remove the power of sin forever by his sacrificial death for us.

Once and for all Jesus died for our sins, and He made us come to spiritual life.  His plan is to remove the penalty and power of sin from our lives.  Yet the problem is the presence of sin is still here.  That is where we make a choice to follow God, forsake sin and give God glory.

Applying this truth lets us apply the freedom God promises for those who pursue God.  Realize that God have been pursuing us long before we were pursing Him.  His death broke the power of sin.  His grace gives us opportunities to experience the potential of His new life in us.  Freedom does more than feel good.  Freedom opens us to enjoy life like we may have never done before.

The phrases “dead to sin” and “alive to God” take on new meaning when they come attached to the truth God gives us.  I pray that God helps us to consider what He says, apply what He says, believe what He has said and hold tight to it until Jesus returns or he takes us to heaven.

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