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Sin Shall Not Be Master Over You

March 16, 2019

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Sin Shall Not Be Master Over You

Sin obviously dominates  everyone’s life — unless — we learn God’s solution  to our innate inclinations.     There is a solution,  but we need  to learn about it  and humbly submit  to it.     Paul tells us  in Romans 6:14,

For sin shall not  be master  over you,  for you are not  under law,  but  under grace.

All those  who do not have faith  in Jesus  are under the dominion  of sin.    Because  they do not believe  that faith in Jesus  will save them eternally,  they are taking the stance  that their lives  are good enough  to earn their way  into heaven  (if heaven exists).      They refuse  to think about all of the miracles  of creation,  or about all the LORD’s prophecies  that have been fulfilled  in Jesus Christ.     In their pride and arrogance,  they don’t want to think  of themselves  as wretched sinners.     Horrors!

Yet,  they cannot see  that their pride  is a sin  that condemns them eternally.     They are actually “slaves of sin”  (Romans 6:6),  who do not realize  that sin is controlling them.     They are letting pride rule over them  instead of  truth.

None of us likes a bunch  of impossible  laws  that we  “have to”  obey.     No one can keep all the laws perfectly.     And,  we don’t want to talk  about how the law condemns us — maybe it condemns someone else,  but  “I”  don’t want anyone pointing out  “my”  sins.     We might mutter  under our breath,  “It’s none  of their business!”

As we try  to keep our self-respect,  God sees our struggle  and offers us the gift  of His grace.     It is freely offered  in love.     God tenderly tells us,  in Ephesians 1:7,

In Him  [Jesus]  we have redemption  through His blood,  the forgiveness  of our trespasses,  according to the riches  of His grace.

There really is  grace  for the justification  of all our sins,  when we look  to Jesus  in faith.     Galatians 2:16  tells us,

We have believed  in Christ Jesus,  that we may  be justified  by faith  in Christ,  and not  by the works  of the Law;  since  by the works  of the Law  shall no flesh  be justified.

That is a grace  we need to  keep on  leaning on,  if we want  to keep sin  from being a master  over us.     In order to keep on  looking to God  for the grace we need,  we do need  to “grow in grace”.       Everybody needs to grow.     So 2 Peter 3:18  says,

Grow  in the grace and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ.

If we don’t keep on growing,  we will start getting weaker,  so that our sins will try  to be master over us again.     It’s not good to fall   into that trap again.          So,  we must daily look  to God  for the forgiveness  that we need  and accept His gifts  of grace  through faith  in Christ alone.     We need to remember  that we cannot save ourselves.     We can never  make ourselves  good enough  for heaven.

Sin cannot master us  when we are always looking  for our Savior’s grace and forgiveness — and when we meditate  on His word to us.     Jesus is our victory.

Loving God  for loving us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     God of gods,  LORD of lords,  thank You  for caring for even me  in all of creation.    Keep me  in Your grace  so that sin cannot be master over me.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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