ROMANS 6:12-14: “Therefore do not let sin rule in your mortal body so that you obey its desires. And do not keep yielding your body parts to sin as tools of wickedness; but yield yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your body parts as tools of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” TLV
OBSERVATION: Am I walking daily in victory over sin and temptation? In the world we live in temptation is everywhere. There is a constant riptide pulling at every believer trying to lure them out into the depths of the sea of sin where they will be overcome and drown. Yet, there is victory in Jesus Christ, and it is experienced on both a spiritual level and a very practical level.
We tend to focus on the spiritual when we think about walking in victory over sin and temptation. Yet, this is not where we get tripped up. It is the little things that we ignore that usually snag us. That is why the writer of Hebrews exhorts us,
- “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”. Hebrews 12:1 NKJV
Why do these weights and sins so easily trip us up? It is because we fail to understand the practical side of our daily victory over sin and temptation. What the Lord has done in our hearts through faith in Jesus Christ needs to be followed up with practical obedience. Paul states it very bluntly when he says,
- “And do not keep yielding your body parts to sin as tools of wickedness; but yield yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your body parts as tools of righteousness to God.”
And Jesus put it this way in His teaching to His disciples,
- “Woe to the world because of snares! For snares must come, but woe to that man through whom the snare comes! “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from you. It’s better for you to enter into life crippled or lame than, having two hands or two feet, to be thrown into fiery Gehenna. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. It’s better for you to enter into life with one eye than, having two eyes, to be thrown into fiery Gehenna.” Matthew 18:7-9 TLV
Jesus was speaking in hyperbole, a gross exaggeration to make a very practical point. Paul was speaking very bluntly. Yet both were saying the same thing. Victory is only experienced when we discipline and direct our eyes, our hands, and our feet in the direction of righteousness. If we do not change our activity and our patterns, we will not walk in daily victory over sin and temptation.
If I proclaim that I am going to lose weight, but I keep eating the foods that contribute to my weight problem, my confession does not match my actions. I can do this all day long and I will still struggle with a weight problem. I must bring my actions in harmony with my confession. But how do I do that?
It is not in my own power or strength, as that will only lead to greater frustration and failure. Yet, when I call upon the Lord, when I declare my desire to yield my entire life, body, soul, and spirit, in obedience – He meets me with His grace!
- “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
Before we were united with Christ all of our efforts were dependent upon our own strength and resolve. However, now that we have been crucified with Christ, dying to our old way of living, and rising with Christ to a new potential through grace, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit we can daily present our body, soul, and spirit in obedience unto life. When we take these practical steps of obedience, He meets us with grace to endure, grace to resist, and grace to overcome!
- “For what was impossible for the Torah —since it was weakened on account of the flesh—God has done. Sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as a sin offering, He condemned sin in the flesh— so that the requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Ruach.” Romans 8:3-4 TLV
My victory over sin is very practical. It is aligning my emotional and physical life with my spiritual reality in Christ. What I allow to enter into my mind through my eyes, what I allow my hands to handle, where I allow my feet to take me, will determine my daily victory over sin and temptation. Through God’s grace I can choose to use my entire body as an instrument of righteousness. I can break all my old patterns through my victory in Jesus Christ!
Lord, thank you for the victory over sin and temptation through Jesus Christ my Lord. Help me to walk in this victory both in faith and practical obedience through the Holy Spirit. Grant me the grace today to present my eyes, my mind, my hands, and my feet to be used only for Your Glory. Meet me at the point of obedience with Your Great Grace!
In Jesus Name!