Be A Slave of Righteousness
A Walk With Romans (Read Chapter 7)
Be A Slave of Righteousness
Romans 7:25 "Thanks be to God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Thank God human strength is exceeded by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Chapter 7 shows us the contrast between living bound to the law and living fresh and new by the spirit of God. We are No longer slaves or in bondage, we are free! Living free of sin’s rule is now possible because we are no longer slaves of sin, but have become slaves of God, able to choose righteousness rather than being bound to the old nature. Yesterday’s devotion was on Romans chapter 6 and verse 14 reads: "Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law, but under grace."
We are not under the Law, but under grace!
Yes, the struggle with sin is still evident, but Paul maintains we have no obligation to it.! If we live by the Spirit then we will bear fruit according to our new nature. We are to conform to God and avoid sin. Obedience to the Word of God gains a new nature of holiness. All of Romans reveals a new, victorious method for our dealing with sin and we should all be concerned about it. Romans 7:8,9 says, “Apart from the law, sin was dead. Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died” When was Paul alive “apart from the law”.? When he was a baby, too young to understand. But when he learned the law, the sinful nature inside of him found a way to express itself — by rebelling. Sin sprang to life, and Paul sinned, and he was condemned. Since the law pronounces a penalty on our sin, it is not a means of salvation — it is an agent of death that we need to be rescued from!
Sin permeates every aspect of our culture and is part of us just as much as our personality. Sin makes what Jesus did on the cross so much more powerful. God stepped down into the depths of our sin and brokenness and loved us despite it all! Examine the sin in your life, search for the root causes, and repent. We have to avoid becoming calloused to sin. Sin should disturb you and bring you to remorse. Take sin seriously and deal with it thoroughly. Only then will we truly be able to understand grace and forgiveness and see how wonderful it is that Christ would choose to love us sinners. Paul has explained that we are saved by grace, not by observing the law, because Christ died for us.
Romans 7:17 reads, “ But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.” and Romans 7:20 reads, “If I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. It is important for you to Believe with conviction that it is your old, sinful nature, not your new nature in Christ that manifests itself in acts of sin... Which is why we are all in need of a Savior. Chapter 7 is a description of what every believer will go through again and again because sin has the power to deceive us and to cause us to trust in ourselves, even when we are not aware we are doing it. The Law is what will expose that evil force and drive us to this place of wretchedness that we might then, in poverty of spirit, cry out, "Lord Jesus, it is your problem; you take it." and He will gladly do so.
Don’t be a slave to sin, serve God by being slaves of righteousness.