THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST, 2020
THEME: Freed From Sin
PASSAGE: Romans 6:1–10
HYMN: MHB 552- JESUS, all-atoning Lamb,
MEMORY VERSE: Romans 6:6 “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”
Some time ago, I bought a rat glue to rid myself of the pests in and around the house. To make them come into the trap I put a bait of food. Expectedly, a rat was caught struggling to free itself from the trap. Looking at it, it reminds me of the trap that sin has for man. Sin tempts us with the things that are alluring to our human nature e.g. pride, sex, ego, etc. Sin is like bait that attracts human beings into the trap of Satan.
By our Adamic nature, we are prone to sin. Through Adam, sin has passed from one generation to another and this was why Apostle Paul, in Roman 3:23, wrote that “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Once the trap of sin springs, we become entangled to sin and its grave consequences. But the good news is that we can be set free from the satanic trap.
When we accept Christ and His Word, He offers us His salvation. He has already paid the price on the cross or atoned for the sins we have committed. The consequences of our disobedience have been mitigated. By following God’s Word, we develop a discipline that makes the baits of sin unattractive to our nature. We are no longer slaves to the demands of our nature. We are set free to enjoy the peace that comes from Christ and His forgiveness.
1 Cor. 15:56 says that sin is the sting that death uses to paralyze its victims. Everyone hates death but when you commit sin, “the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life” (Rom. 6:23)
PRAYER: Thank you God for breaking my chains of bondage and showing me how to live in a way that pleases You. I am sorry for how I have lived in the past. Help me to honour and obey You for the rest of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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