Date: Monday, 30th December, 2019
Topic: Walking in Victory 2
Text: Romans 6:1-23
Key verse: “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under the grace.” Romans 6:14
The second principle I call the “resisting principle” (Rom. 6:12-13a). We are to resist sin, Satan, and sin-provoking circumstances.
We resist the inward prompting of sin and the schemes of Satan. Paul emphasized self-denial. God chose the denial of our lustful desires as one arena in which we are to express our love to Him (Jn. 14:15, 21-23); we refuse circumstances that inflame sinful desires. Therefore, we do not go to places, buy items, or look at or talk about things that stir up sinful passions. When we are pursuing the fascination and pleasure of knowing God we can say no to things far more effectively. The essence of what we say no to is sin-provoking circumstances. Paul said that we should not present our body to situations that stir sin up in us (Rom. 6:13). Do not go to that place that stirs you up to sin. Avoid those sin-producing circumstances. You know your frame; you know what tempts you to do wrong. Do not go there! Say no to sinful desires and to wrong circumstances. When we are actively filling our hearts with the pleasures of knowing the Lord, we are much more successful at resisting sin, Satan, and sin-provoking circumstances. I call the third principle the “pursuing principle” (Rom. 6:13). The apostle Paul exhorted us, “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” We pursue God by presenting ourselves to Him and presenting our bodies as His instruments, that He may use us to bless others. Our first priority is to love God with all our heart as worshipers of Jesus—we are to cultivate His presence in our life (intimacy with God). Then we express God’s love to people by offering our bodies as vessels for the Spirit to use to bless them. We serve and relate to God and people in love.
Prayer: Lord use me to glorify your name in Jesus name.
AYO NI O.