Jan 2019

Freedom From Sin

Barry Rodriguez

Jan 6, 2019

Romans 8:1-4
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

God's heart for humanity from the very beginning is that we would live in a world of love and harmony and peace - where our actions towards one another - and even to the creation itself - would reflect God's goodness and creativity and justice. Sin is when we choose to rebel against God's intentions for this world. Sin is selfish.

Romans 8:12-14
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

You do not have the willpower, the strength, or the intelligence to break free from the power of sin on your own. Sin is a hungry beast crouching at your door, and it is far too clever for you. You must rely on the Holy Spirit.
Let the Spirit show you where you need freedom.

Romans 8:15
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him "Abba, Father."

You have the Spirit of God living in you, and he is a good, good father. Ask him to lead you. Ask him to help you.