OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015. THEME : SIN-DOMINATED?

Mlamp-light1EMORISE : For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the

law, but under grace. ROMANS 6 : 14.

READ : ROMANS 6 : 1 – 6.

1 WHAT shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were

baptized into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ

was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should

walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be

also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin

might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : HOSEA 1 – 5 AND MATHEW 5 : 43 – 6 : 15.

Mankind is the epitome of God’s creative art. He was created by God to have

dominion over all things (Genesis 1:26). God did not design man for sin, neither

should sin have dominion over man ( Romans 6 : 14 ). Sin is an enemy. It is our

most persistent, determined and pernicious enemy. Sin seeks to rob us of

every good thing God has designed for us. It is very subtle, bringing death and

creeping into our lives when and where we least expect it. It packages itself so

attractively that we are lured into thinking that it cannot really harm us.

Sin is undoubtedly a weight. In Hebrews 12 : 1, Christians are likened to

sprinters:

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of

witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset

us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

The competition before us is fierce as sin stealthily and relentlessly tries to

entangle our lives. We will never be able to run the race marked out for us as

long as we are entrapped in sin. Anyone who is born of God has a nature that

should not sin ( 1John 3 : 8 – 10 ). However, children of God fall into sin by not

being watchful. Sin should be recognised for what it is. Some people engaged in

self-deception. They call sin a mistake, a bad habit or a weakness. Sin is more

than these. It is cancerous, terrible and results in outright destruction. Sin

must be admitted and tackled at its root. It is dangerous to blame your sins on

others; neither must you allow pride to convince you that it is too humiliating

to admit the sin in your life. Sin can blind a person to its presence. It does not

always command people’s attention, but rather, it subtly and pervasively robs

one of spiritual power and victory.

Are you living in sin? Are you deeply and dangerously entangled in it? There is

good news for you: there is no extent to which sin can entangle us that God’s

grace does not abound to free us from it. Romans 5 : 20 says,

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin

abounded, grace did much more abound:”

Has sin robbed you of joy? Do you go about life in a manner that is moody and

melancholy? Has sin prevented you from being the best husband, wife, son,

daughter, friend, minister, boss or subordinate you ought to be? Is it keeping

you from spiritual maturity and fulfilment in life, business, marriage and

ministry? If you have become entangled with sin, God can release you

immediately! He however requires repentance from you. Harden not your

heart. Repent and recommit your life to Jesus Christ now.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, grant me grace to live above sin, Satan and all his allied forces in

Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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