From the Heart

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.

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From the Heart

Romans 6:11-18

  • 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…

Romans 6:11

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…

Romans 6:12

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…

Romans 6:13

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…

Romans 6:14

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…

Romans 6:15

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
  • Because…

Romans 6:16

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
  • Remember…

Romans 6:17

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

Romans 6:18

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

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