, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Romans 6:8-14 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

When God spoke to Cain after he murdered Abel, He said in Gen 4:6, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” If we look at this verse at the later part, God says the sin has a desire for you, but you should rule over it. How you can overcome it or rule over it. This is where the power of God is manifested in your life. When we are resurrected in Christ during our repentance and belief (baptized in Lord Jesus Christ), we enter into His death and born again in the newness of life in Christ. When we are born again, we are slaves for the righteousness and not slaves for the unrighteousness, which is sin.

Sin is like a dog, which lies in our door. Some say that if we starve this dog, which is sin, then it will die on its own. We can not consider this strategy towards sin. Because Sin or death can not die however it is starved. It will only be cast out at the final judgment of God (Rev 20:14).  The more it starves the more hungry it gets and more vicious it could be. Your power of ‘self control’ can not overcome this vicious dog. If we are freed from sin during our baptism in the Lord Jesus Christ, why, many of us do not have the power to overcome temptation and fall into sin? It is because many of us are ignorant and not willing to receive the power of the Holy Spirit who works efficiently in every believer of Jesus Christ to overcome temptations.  Contd…