SUNDAY, 13TH NOVEMBER 2016
MEMORY VERSE: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” – Romans 6:13
BIBLE PASSAGE: Romans 6:8-14
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
INTRODUCTION: After salvation, the deep cry of every heart should be for holiness, to be like Christ, to overcome sin and to live a blameless and holy life. Some Christians try to be holy and at times they do not succeed so they become discouraged. They become fearful of preaching holiness lest they be seen as preaching something they cannot practice. Some Christians have never even heard of the victorious life of holiness so they continue sinning and confessing from day to day. The bible teaches glorious victory over sin for every believer. In 1John 5:4, John was not speaking about victory in heaven but of victory on earth; daily victory over the world and the lusts thereof.
- Claiming the promises of God
- The choice to make
CLAIMING THE PROMISES OF GOD
Did God promise victory over sin for believers? Yes, He asked us to be holy as He is holy (1Peter 1:15-16). He, however, added that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). That is, without His assistance we cannot live a holy and victorious life. Therefore, He decree that sin shall not have dominion over us (Romans 6:14), that we shall conquer sin through Him (Romans 8:37), for He will cause us to triumph always through Christ (2Corinthians 2:14).
When God promises anything, He will do it. I am to believe the following facts that are established in the word of God:
- I died with Christ (Galatia 2:20). Death frees a man once and for all from the power and dominion of sin (Romans 6:7). A dead man cannot steal, fornicate, covet or commit any other sin.
- I was buried with Him (Romans 6:4). All that is evil in me should remain permanently buried.
- I rose with Christ (Romans 6:5). Christ rose with a glorified body, a body over which sin can have no power or dominion. Since I rose with Him, sin can no longer have dominion over me.
- I now have power to live triumphantly with Him (Romans 6:8).
THE CHOICE TO MAKE
As a Christian, I still have my own free will. I can choose or reject a life of victory over sin. If I choose victory, I certainly may have it as a gift from the Lord. If it is true that I am dead to sin with Christ, then, there is only one thing for me to do and this is to yield myself to God (Romans 6:13). If I do this, then I can assume my new position by faith as someone who is “alive from the dead.” It is no longer a question of fighting sin but a matter of yielding to a more powerful force, the power of the resurrected Christ. The choice, however, is entirely mine to either yield to sin or to Christ (Romans 6:16). If I yield to Christ, I shall be free from the power of sin (Romans 6:18). If I yield to sin, I shall go down from iniquity to iniquity (Romans 6:19).
CONCLUSION: Probably you have tried to live victoriously before and you have failed. What should be done now? 1John1:9 is still true. Jesus has never failed. Your failure has not weakened Christ. Obey the commands of the spirit as He directs you in your daily routine.
- Is it possible to live a life of victory over sin?
- Name two promises of God on the issue.
Blessed Week with The HOLY SPIRIT
- MONDAY: John 10:10 – Hang on to Jesus Christ and you will forever live a victorious life.
- TUESDAY: Galatia 5:16 – Walk in the spirit and you will be victorious.
- WEDNESDAY: Galatia 3:11 – The just shall surely live by faith.
- THURSDAY: Hebrews 10:38 – You will lose your victorious life if you look back.
- FRIDAY: 2Corinthians 12:9 – His grace shall always be sufficient for you.
- SATURDAY: Colossians 1:27 – The riches and glory of Christ are for you.
- SUNDAY: 1Corinthians 10:13 – Overcoming temptations lead to glory.