Devotional: ‘Considering Our Old Sinful Self to be Dead and Gone’ 

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We cannot enjoy the fullness of God’s Spirit and the fruit He is able to produce if we are walking in darkness. The Bible says that God is light and therefore He will not fellowship with darkness. (see 1 John 1:5-7) The Bible also says that we must walk in the light, as God is in the light, if we want to enjoy the blessing of His presence.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  (Galatians 5:24)

Notice, Paul did not say that they have nailed their sins to the cross. Jesus did that two thousand years ago when He died on the cross for our sins. But instead, they have nailed their sinful passions and desires to His cross. In other words, those who belong to Christ must now appropriate in their lives what Christ accomplished for them on His cross.

The Bible says that when Jesus died on the cross, He not only delivered us from the ‘penalty’ of sin, He also freed us from the ‘power’ of sin. Consider these two important passages from the book of Romans.

Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?  Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?  For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.  We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.  We are no longer slaves to sin.  For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. (Romans 6:2-7)

So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.  Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.  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.  Sin is no longer your master … (Romans 6:11-14)

The victorious Christian life is not accomplished by our determination to do better. The victorious Christian life is accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit who now dwells within us. As we walk in the Spirit, He warns us against what is wrong and encourages us in what is right.

But in order to experience the fullness of His leading, we must determine that we are not going to gratify our old sinful nature. We must determine that we are not going to grieve Him by doing those things that we shouldn’t, nor are we going to quench Him by refusing to do those things that we should.  We are going to strive to live every moment of every day under His influence.

 

 

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