Romans 6: 1-2 (New American Standard Bible)
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”
The marvelous victory that Jesus gave us at the cross allowed us to be transformed from death unto new life.
“You were dead in your trespasses and sins”. (Ephesians 2:1) Our very nature is one of sin. We were born in that condition. There was no ability within us to live righteously. We were caught in the grip of unclean and evil ways from the first day of our birth. No matter how we tried, we could not free ourselves from that terrible bondage. Though we wished to do right, we always ended up doing those things that we shouldn’t. We were helpless to change. Our spirit was dead in sinful nature.
Now, through the love and grace of God, “The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
For the first time we have the ability to say “NO” to sin and its evil deeds. We are set free from the prison of sin.
If we have repented and been baptized for the remission of sin, we are no longer in grasp of the old nature, We have been delivered from the bondage of sin and its heartache. Our inner spirit has been transformed (given new birth) into an ability to choose a righteous lifestyle. The desire of our heart is to do that which is right in the sight of God. We now live in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
He helps us to make the right choices. We can turn away from sin and its temptations. Sin has no more hold upon us.
We have entered into a new life, with new power and spirit that is capable of turning our back upon sin.
We Pray: “Lord help me to live in my new freedom. I choose to sin no more! Teach me to make wholesome decisions. Give me wisdom to recognize temptations, that I might continually be free from the shackles of sin. I hunger for the complete joy of my new birth. Amen.”