Saturday, June 14, 2008

Four Points of a Prevailing Life (Part 3)

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" (Romans 6:1, KJV)

The power of the Cross unfolds daily in our lives as we first KNOW that our old man was crucified with Christ, and then RECKON ourselves to be indeed dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. The next thing that follows is the most sensible step possible -- we are to YIELD ourselves to God as though who are alive from the dead.

Paul writes, "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God" (Romans 6:13).

The word he uses means "to stand beside so as to present oneself for service." It is our way of saying, "Here I am; use me." The point being that this is what we once did when sin was our master. But now Jesus is Lord, and we are to yield ourselves to Him, to be used for His purpose each day.

The Message says, "That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don't give it the time of day. Don't even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time into God's way of doing things. Remember, you've been raised from the dead! Sin can't tell you how to live. After all, you're not living under that old tyranny any longer. You're living in the freedom of God." (Romans 6:12-14)

"Jesus keep me near the cross, there a precious fountain; free to all, a healing stream flows from Calvary's mountain. Near the cross, a trembling soul, love and mercy found me; there the Bright and morning Star shed His beams around me. Near the cross, O Lamb of God! Bring its scenes before me; help me walk from day to day with it shadow o'er me. In the cross, in the cross be my glory ever; till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river!" (Fanny J. Crosby, 1915)


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