Dead to sin

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:9-11

When we enter into Christ’s death on the cross we are changed. Sin’s hold on us had been broken and we now have the power to resist sin. Now it would be nice if once we accepted Christ that we would never sin again but just because we have to power to resist sin does not mean we will always let that power work in us. We are still in a sinful body and we still have our sin nature. God through the Holy Spirit is working in and on us to change us, to sanctify us, to make us holy.

Unfortunately we resist God and fight to keep our old ways even as we now know how wrong they are. We constantly fall back into our old ways and God constantly keeps moving us in a new direction. He picks us up, dusts us off and never stops loving us. It would be so simple if God would just make us change. He could, but that would be against His nature. God will never force us to change because He wants us to want to change. Yes it would be quicker and simpler if He did all the work but He will never force Himself on us even if we want him to, even if it would be quicker.

Each time we fall we learn. Each time we fall we get back up and we are better for the trial. Just as a young child constantly tries to walk and falls, gets up and falls again, so are we. The parent could take the child’s hand and never let him fall. They could pick him up and carry him but then the child would never learn to walk. Walking is hard, we get bumps and bruises but eventually we learn to walk.

So too as we move in the direction that God is guiding us we will forsake old ways and learn to walk in a new way. Walking in the light of God. Walking in His direction. Walking hand in hand with the savior. It is not pretty but the results will be glorious.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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