no longer a slave {thoughts on Romans 6}

On the heels of the powerful reminder of God’s grace in Romans 5, chapter 6 is like the champion of victorious living. I will be the first to admit that I have not and will not achieve perfection. And yet, living under a banner of defeat leaves me feeling somewhat hopeless of ever living up to the life I imagine I should lead. “How much better to begin each day thinking victory not defeat; to awake to grace, not shame; to encounter each temptation with thoughts like, Jesus, You are my Lord and Savior. I am your child – liberated and depending on Your power. Therefore, Christ, this is Your day, to be lived for Your glory. Work through my eyes, my mouth, through my thoughts and actions to carry out Your victory. And Lord, do that all day long” (from The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll).

This body of sin has been done away with, that I might no longer be a slave to sin (Romans 6:6). I do not have to resign myself to failure; I can walk in newness and victory (Romans 6:2, 4). I am dead to sin and alive in Christ (Romans 6:11). This is the anthem of victory over sin through Christ. “For sin [does] not have dominion over [me]” (Romans 6:14). I am no longer a slave to sin, but a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:18, 19).

I am called to stand in the liberty of Christ, not be entangled in bondage to sin (Galatians 5:1). God gives me power to live victoriously if only I will surrender fully to His work in and through me. To God be the glory!

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All Scriptures are from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

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