Choose life…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Romans 6:12-22

 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.

 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!

  Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,

and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

We have control.  When we say we couldn’t help ourselves…. we lie.

“… Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. …”

Who do we work for?  Who do we answer to?  It seems to take maturity to realize the true nature of our position with God.  We answer to Him.  If we are asked to participate in or be a part of something that is outside what we know is of God we are to decline.  When challenged we can agree with our adversary,

“… “Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him,….-Matthew 5:25 NKJV “

take the fuel from their accusations and then go about our business as we know the Lord would want.  We choose, we have the power to choose and to deny the request to do what is unrighteous.  When we stand with God do we not know He stands with us and will defend us?  The three Jewish boys knew when they refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue.  They were delivered from the effects of a furnace that killed the ones who threw them in!   They stated:

” our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver [us] from your hand, O king.

“But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” –Daniel  3:17 -18 NKJV

Do we hear their commitment and loyalty?  Even if not…  Are we willing to make the same statement trusting by faith in the One who gave all for us?  Even if not…

We serve the same God they did.

“…but present yourselves to God …”  and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. …”

 

That would be all of us, our whole being…

Give us ears to hear and eyes to see; give us understanding and courage to stand…

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

Choose life.

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2 thoughts on “Choose life…

  1. Good post Gracie! I like the part “When we say we couldn’t help ourselves we lie!” That is a very truthful statement. We always have a “choice.” God gives that to us. Next time I think, “I could not help myself,” I will remember what a liar I truly am.

    When are you going to be back up again? Let me know. Miss you, love you, and God Bless, SR

  2. Thank you and I wish I knew. Things are moving along at the house but we still have a way to go. God is with us. Missing my mornings with you as well. God bless and love you too

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