PRAYER: Father, in the Name of Jesus, as we discuss Your Word, grant us a heart of flesh that is willing to learn and to be corrected. May Your Holy Spirit alone grant us the right interpretation and understanding. Above all, Lord let Your word transform us from the inside out that we may not only be hearers, but also doers. Be glorified in this In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Day 7, Romans 7
Lesson: You either kill sin or sin will kill you. (Romans 7:5,8-11)
When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of good and evil, they came into the knowledge of good and evil and that opened the door to the consequence of sin that we now face (death/eternal separation from God). The amazing thing about the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is that Jesus came to restore the relationship that was cut off in the garden of Eden. Jesus Christ was able to accomplish this by dying on the cross and taking back all the power and dominion we gave up to the devil. (1 Peter 5:11). This is why through our Lord Jesus Christ, sin no longer has dominion over us. However, even though sin no longer has an uncontested stronghold on us as believers of Christ Jesus, we can still decide to give it power by submitting ourselves to it! When we sin under those circumstances, it is no longer because we couldn’t help ourselves, but because we deliberately chose to oblige ourselves in that sin. It is dangerous to continue to toil with sin when God had already given us dominion over it because the mission of the devil has not changed. According to John 10:10, his only mission is to steal, to kill, and to destroy. Sin can and will still kill you if you choose to entertain it instead of using the power and the dominion of God to kill it.
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me“– Romans 7:11
When the Lord commanded us to kill sin (to be dead to it) He said so knowing that if we do not destroy it, it will destroy us. As stated in the above Scripture, sin is deceptive. You may not outright know that what you are indulging in is sin. Sin will often times present itself in attractive packages that stimulate our senses. It may even start off gradually so that you do no know that you’ve started erring away from the right path. An illustration was given that when an airplane takes off and flies one degree off its intended path, the change is not immediately noticeable; however, hours later into the flight it will become obvious that the same plane that was just a single degree off its course is now so far off course that its destination is different. That is how sin deceptively kills us. The Word of God instructs us to “make no provisions for the flesh, to fulfill its lust” (Romans 13:14). That means, kill sin before it becomes sin! Don’t even give it a chance to become a sin! From the moment the desire comes, cut it off! The Book of James 1:15 says, ” then, when desire has been conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death”. If we allow that desire to progress past a desire, the result is death! Don’t conceive the desire so that you won’t birth a sin that will grow out of proportion to result in your own death. Jesus Christ has given us that power to kill sin, but when we do not exercise the authority given to us and we toil with sin, sin, being very crafty and deceptive will lead to our death. Kill it or be destroyed by it!
- Lord thank You for giving me dominion over sin.
- Father help me so that I do not overturn this dominion back to the devil.
- Holy Spirit convict me immediately a desire that will result in sin enters my heart and give me grace to rebuke it.
- Lord help me to exercise my authority and power over sin!
- I declare and decree that sin shall no longer have dominion over me!
With Love ♥