Today’s Reading: Romans 6
Remember, Self, that this temptation that nips at your heels, while it may feel like its pursuit is dauntless and it may seem like its overtaking you is inevitable, this temptation is not an excuse to give in. It is certainly easier to yield to this enticement, but what will the yielding to sin yield in your life? Will it be worth it to yield once again to this pet sin of yours?
Self, you were not made for a life of sin. Christ has broken the power of sin in your life. You are no longer a slave to sin. You have a choice. You can say no. You have the power of the Living God abiding in this tabernacle of flesh, and He enables you with indescribable power to walk in His way. The truth, Self, is that you have been delivered from the death-grip of sin. The difficulty is that this frail middle place where you live between sin-bound dying and eternal, glory-filled freedom is the ground of forgetting. Because sin once was your very nature, it is what you have known intimately. Because sin once was your habit, it is what you find comfortable to wear. Because sin once was the epicenter of your existence, it is what you return to, like dog to his vomit (Prov. 26:11).
You are under the power and authority of Christ, and because the human mind and heart are deep, cavernous memory banks, you must do the daily, hourly, minutely hard work of renewing your heart and mind with the truth God says about you. The lies of satan and man are potent. The only weapon that can outwit, undo, and overcome their potency is the truth of the Omnipotent God. Therefore, you must believe this truth actively and presently, not just once or every so often. Renew your mind, Self, not just in the morning, but continually throughout the day. Offer yourself up to Him, not just in the morning, but straight on ‘til evening and then through the night. Saturate yourself in the truth, and it will become your habit – your raiment, your cloak that covers and shelters you, your very present help and perpetual reminder that Jesus has made you new.
So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus….offer yourselves to God and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.
Romans 6:11, 13c-14, HCSB