FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST, 2017 READ – DAY: Act 18; Night: 1 Kings 9-11
THEME: BE DEAD TO SIN
TEXT: ROMANS 6:11 – 14
HYMN: EMHB 327 – Sinners, turn: why will ye die?
Being dead to sin is the ability to run away from every appearance of sin, a way of living one’s life to please God every moment. What others see as the norms of the society will not attract one’s, (that is, believer’s) attention as he/she looks unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
The Jewish teachers believed that the “evil impulse” would trouble even the most pious until the time of the Messiah, when the evil impulse would be slain. For Paul, the Messiah has come, and the power of sin has been killed. The finished work of Christ means that the believer has already died to sin and now needs to acknowledge this — to “reckon” it done in faith. This is the same term for God’s reckoning righteousness.
A life dead to sin is always conscious of the second coming of our Lord, and abstains from all forms of immorality, lust of the flesh, stealing, fighting, etc, as recorded in Galatians 5:19- 20. They are referred to as “works of the flesh”.
A sinless life will not live in fear because he or she has the assurance of God over his or her life, but if fear is the order of the day, one must check out whether indeed he or she has been dead to sin or not. Therefore, if a child of God is dead to sin, fear will no longer be in his heart but walk in the light of God’s boldness.
Beloved brothers and sisters, you must be dead to sin so that you can be resurrected with Christ on the last day. To continue to live in sin is catastrophic.
MEMORY VERSE: Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace”.
PRAYER: Lord, I have heard Your Word again today. Let it richly dwell in me so that I can bear the fruit of the spirit in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen