Victory Over Sin

Posted: April 26, 2016 in Basic Training

Breaking Free

Imagine you are back in school and a bully takes your lunch money. You feel helpless because the bully is physically bigger and stronger than you. Flash forward to your 20th high school reunion. You are enjoying the event and connecting with old friends when a voice from the past makes your blood run cold. It’s the bully who took your lunch money and he’s demanding that you give him your wallet! When you turn around to face your nemesis you are stunned to see a man in a wheelchair paralyzed from the neck down. He is yelling at you demanding that you give him your money. What do you do?

How do we experience victory over sin on a daily basis?

The struggle with sin is a reality that every believer comes up against. Jesus has given us everything we need to live a victorious life.

Romans 12:19 – We were all born with a sinful nature. This sin nature is like the schoolyard bully in that it easily controls us and the choices we make. In order that we may experience victory over sin in our lives God not only shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, but He dealt a death blow to our sinful nature which produces the sins.

How is this victory possible?

Romans 6:1-7 – We usually think of Jesus’ death as being only substitutional, but this passage says Christ’s death was also inclusive. Each one of us was personally included in Jesus’ death.  Just as I sinned “in Adam” I have died “in Christ”.  Sin has been rendered powerless (v 6).  The illustration given is that of a slave who has died, but the master is still hanging around.  If the slave has died the master no longer owns the slave nor does he have authority over him to rule his life anymore.  The former master is rendered powerless.  Like the bully who is now in a wheelchair, he can make all the demands he wants, but he has lost his power to control! Because I have died I now have the power to choose.

What are my choices?

Romans 6:11-14 – Once I understand that I have been set free from the slavery of sin, I am now free to offer myself to God so that He can use me as an instrument of His righteousness. To be truly free, Jesus must be Lord and Master. I will either offer myself to God or by default I will offer myself to sin to be it’s slave once again.

Galatians 2:19-20God doesn’t want to improve me, He wants to replace me by living His life in me and through me by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Victory over sin is not a question of trying to become a better person, but of yielding my will and my right to rule my own life to God.

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample questions:

  1. Why do Christians continue to struggle with sin?
  2.  Jesus’ death was both substitutional and inclusive. What is the difference between the two.
  3.  How do you benefit from being included in Jesus’ death?
  4.  How will you practically apply Romans 6:11-14 to your life?

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