Scripture to Read: Romans 6:6–7
So, it’s always a little difficult not to jump forward when writing devotions, especially when God’s Word all ties together as one. But today, we get to see more completely what God taught us yesterday, starting in Romans 6:5. So, we read in Romans 6:6–7, “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin.” God tells us that we should know that our “old self was crucified” with our Lord Jesus Christ. So, we have no excuse for continuing in sin since our “old self” was killed when we surrendered to Christ as Lord. The “old self” was the part of our life that the spiritual forces of darkness had a hold of and by which they controlled us (2 Timothy 2:26, 2 Corinthians 4:3–4; 1 Corinthians 1:18). But through Christ, our “old self” was not only killed, but now the “flesh” we live in has been rendered powerless to sin. So, why do we still sin? Because we choose to do so. God says that we are “no longer slaves to sin.” That means that when we sin, we are, by our deliberate choice, putting ourselves back into the slave market of sin. But when we walk in obedience to our Lord, we enjoy the fact that we have been “freed from sin” and all its power. The choice is up to us, freedom or bondage.
Challenge & Application
What should be different about your life knowing that your “old self” was killed when you became a Christian?
Why do we put ourselves back into the slave market of sin when we know we’ve been set free?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!