Christ was raised from the dead and will never die again.
8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
We died with Christ on the cross.
What does that mean? The old Adam in us (the sinful nature) was crucified on the cross with Jesus. When we accept this realty in our lives, we are able to move past that sinful nature into the life that He died to give us. Does this mean that we will never sin again? Probably not but with God inside of us, we have the upper hand over sin. We no longer have to live in fear of death because death no longer has any power over us. Sin no longer has dominion over us. But like most things in life, living without sin is a choice we must make.
We can CHOOSE to not give in to sinful desires.
When we allow the Spirit within us to reign, we choose life over death. Sin leads to death. Life leads to freedom. Jesus came to set us free. In Romans 6:10 above, we see that Christ died ONCE to break the power of sin. He did not have to die over and over again. He died once for all. Let’s look at other Scripture that expands on this:
Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins.
For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.
Jesus sacrificed His body once for all time.
We need to view life from the right side of the cross. When we make Jesus Christ our Lord, we are living on the correct side of the cross. We no longer need to have a priest make an annual sacrifice for us because Jesus did it once for all. We are free to live for the glory of God. We live under the freedom of God’s grace. The requirements of the law no longer have control over us.
How do we keep on the right side of the cross?
Romans 6:12 above gives us a key to this question. Do not let sin control the way you live. Whether we know it (or accept it), we have control over what dominates our lives. And we can dominate over sin by controlling our thoughts. Scripture tells us that we need to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. Let’s skip ahead and look at one of my go-to verses in Romans:
Don’t copy the behavior and custums of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
In our world, we all desperately want to fit in.
But we don’t always and you know what? It’s okay. When we can accept that it is okay to not fit in with the way of the world, we are free to be who God created us to be. Start being intentional about your thought-life. When thoughts take over that you know are not good for you, replace them with good things about Jesus. If you’e been hurt or slighted, oftentimes we’ll replay what happened in our heads over and over. I find myself doing this but when I do, I immediately ask God to take it. I apologize for letting my thoughts race in the wrong direction and I ask Him to protect my thoughts. And He does. Every. Single. Time.
Perseverance, determination and intentionality are the ingredients to living Romans 12:2. It is vital to controlling what dominates your life. It’s a matter of life or death.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,