Our passage of the day in Romans 6 reminds us why and how we are able to have victory over sin through Christ. It says we can obey daily from the heart.
You can play, download, or read the transcript of this Take Note Podcast below.
From the Heart
- The difference between life and death is seen in our passage of the day
- Life in Christ or death in sin
- And it speaks to the way we live our lives
- Yielded to God or yielded to sinful desires
- How do we obey from the heart?
- That’s our theme today
- From Romans 6:11-18
- How do we go from a place (before we knew Christ) of sin and disobedience to God
- To a place (after we know Christ) of good works and obedience to God?
- Our passage of the day will help us with the answer
- It will remind us of our transformation in Him
- It will also remind us of the battles we face daily
- And will make clear that victory is possible
- This is why we are reviewing this text…
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- The Bible says many times that we have been “quickened”
- This simply means “made alive” through faith in Christ
- Some have rightly said “Christ didn’t come to make bad men good, he came to make dead men alive.”
- When we are made alive, we are no longer slaves to sin
- And the Holy Spirit, who lives within all believers, convicts us if we do sin
- By the way, conviction is an understanding in the heart that our actions are wrong (without doubt) and that we have a responsibility before God to do right
- Those who can, by habit, choose to reject God’s commands
- Should examine carefully (with Bible in hand)
- Whether or not they have been made alive by Christ
- And are therefore dead unto sin
- But those of us who are trusting Him, and Him alone, for salvation
- Have indeed been made alive
- And we see evidence that this is true when we sin
- Since this is the case…
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
- So, if you’ve been made alive in Christ
- Live like you have
- Don’t let sin reign
- Don’t allow sin to have a hold on you
- To enslave you again
- To be a controlling influence on you habitually
- It is possible to go back
- Even though we are free, we can voluntarily enslave ourselves again
- And often do
- But this passage says don’t
- And the passage goes on…
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
- When we’re driving and we see a “yield” sign, we must choose
- Spiritually, we yield to something, better yet, to someone
- To our own desires
- Or to God’s desires for us
- To that which the world tells us is good
- Or to that which God tells us is good
- If we are His, we have the ability to choose right
- We must choose to yield to Him
- It is the yieldedness that makes all the difference
- Are the reigns turned over to Christ?
- Are His desires our desires?
- Do we reject our own will and embrace His?
- Do we consider Him utterly in charge of everything?
- If so…
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
- The words “under grace” are encouraging
- We are under grace regarding salvation
- The definition of grace is unmerited favor
- It is a free gift we do not deserve
- Our salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone
- But we are also “under grace” when we choose sin after salvation
- And we often will!
- But God provides grace enough to live after we are saved
- That means, we have enough grace for life
- No matter how difficult it may turn out to be
- God’s free gift is enough to save us
- And enough to sustain us
- If we hear this, we may have a question the text has…
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
- This doesn’t mean we go about acting in an unconcerned manner
- There is no sense of disregard for those who know Him
- We are deeply concerned with doing His will
- For He is our father
- The One who loves us and the One whom we love
- We are thankful for what He has done
- And committed to service
- Therefore we seek after obedience
- We don’t sin because of grace
- We are convinced to yield ourselves because of grace
- Or, at least, this is the way it ought to be
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
- We should know
- If there comes a time when we do make decisions in opposition to God
- This is sin
- It is the “way of death”
- From which we have been delivered
- This should not be so
- And while our sinful flesh may be tempted to excuses
- And justifications
- And caveats
- We have not any
- For we are free – dead to sin
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
- Those in the church at Rome had victory
- Because victory is possible
- For them – and for us
- We are not enslaved
- God gives us the tools we need to remain free
- The wonderful news is that God has changed our hearts
- They are now set on Him
- On doing His will
- And we can (as these Romans did) obey from the heart
- Isn’t that the goal?
- That our hearts would be so full of Him – so set on Him
- That we were prepared to win the battle
- Prepared to yield
- Have a heart to surrender to His will
- This passage is such an encouragement in letting us know
- That this is possible
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
- To be servants of righteousness
- Is to be walking successfully with Him
- That is our goal and our great joy
- To, in action and in heart, be truly His