FREE YOURSELF FROM THE ENSLAVING POWERS OF SIN
by Shirley Rhodes
The gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who are faithful. God loved us so that he sent his Son to break the Enslaving Power of Sin on our lives through his redemptive death on the cross. Though we humans are weak and unworthy God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). The fact is that no human being can break the power of sin and stand righteous before a living God. God in his grace choose to reign over those guilty who surrender, and put their trust in him, through Jesus we become innocent, children of the King, the power of sin and death is broken.
The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus fills our hearts with hope, love, joy and peace. When we face the Powers of Darkness we are encouraged to stand firm in faith, the Enslaving Power of Sin has already been taken care of. If God is for us, who is against us? In all creation nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).
As Jesus prayed for his followers his main concern was that they follow the pattern and to genuinely show love and concern for one another. He knew that they would face stiff opposition because he himself had. Even so, he didn’t live according to the world standards or his chosen followers; he prayed that God would guard them from the Evil One because he knew the competition for their souls would be fierce.
The ultimate goal was and is for all to become one heart and mind in Christ so that the world might desire to know him and his teachings, to encourage others by making known to them Gods’ word, that through Jesus Christ the Enslaving Power of Sin has already been taken care of.