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Instruments of His righteousness

So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:11-14

With the life a believer has in Christ as the apostle Paul said in the text, should consider being “dead to the power of sin.” This means that the desire is to obey the Lord and to live their lives offered for the glory of God. Sin’s power could now be overcome through the Holy Spirit’s working in their lives changing attitudes and desires that please God. “Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves” (Galatians 5:16). Use your body as instruments of righteousness. Engage in activities reflecting your service to God and as expressions of worship wherever you are. “Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). By God’s grace, you need to do what is right in His sight resisting temptation for “sin is no longer your master.” A growing follower of Christ will not engage in activities that God detests; “seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family” (Proverbs 16:17-19). Not being aware of sin’s subtlety can entrap you and deprive you of experiencing the joy of living for His glory. Sin will present itself in soothing ways that appears to be harmless and once you give in will rob you of living out God’s purpose for your life. “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light! So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). You can be freed from sin’s power when you are aware of its working and the destructions it can produce. God will not let you wander aimlessly for He provides you the direction you need to follow from His Word. “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). Submit to God’s working in your life so you will not give in to your struggle with sin. “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).


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