FREE FROM THE ENSLAVING POWER OF SIN
WRITTEN 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.FR
So, take a good hard look at Christ Jesus, the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in all God gave him to do. The Holy Spirit prompts us to listen and watch our step, make sure we remain faithful so that we are not easily sidetracked by the Evil One. For as long as it’s still God’s today, stay alert and keep a grip on the sure thing, Jesus, because we are in the race committed to the call, reminded that the Enslaving Power of Sin has already been taken care of and that we are free in Christ Jesus.
Now that we know what we have–Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God–let us not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest that is out of touch with reality. He has been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but sin; so let’s walk right up to him and get what he is ready to give. Take the mercy, and accept the help (Hebrews 4:14-16, MGS).
The Enslaving Power of Sin conquered once and for all to those whose desire is to know who the Savior really is and one’s purpose in life. Let us live life with an attitude of praise, prayer and thanksgiving, a life in which we are able to share love, joy and peace with genuine concern for one another.
Today, I leave you with my peace, that God will bless your life abundantly and provide you with the desires of your heart. Now live in expectances of the moment, for God is watching over your life and has provided you with unknown powers to grow in His grace and move higher in the providence of this life.