Evening Devotional, 03 July 2024

Evening Devotional, 03 July 2024

Devotional 3: Freedom from Sin’s Dominion

Text: Romans 6:6-7 (ESV) “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.”

Introduction: In his letter to the Romans, Paul addresses the transformative power of Christ’s death and resurrection. One of the central themes is our freedom from sin’s dominion. Sin is not just an external action but a power that enslaves. Through our union with Christ in His death and resurrection, we are set free from this bondage. Understanding and living out this freedom is crucial for our spiritual growth and victory over sin.

Exposition:

Crucifixion of the Old Self:

Paul begins by stating that our old self was crucified with Christ. This “old self” refers to our unregenerate nature, characterized by sin and rebellion against God.

The crucifixion of our old self signifies the decisive break with our past life of sin. Just as Christ was crucified and died, so too our old sinful nature was put to death.

Purpose of the Crucifixion:

The purpose of this crucifixion is that the “body of sin” might be brought to nothing. The “body of sin” represents the power and influence of sin in our lives.

By crucifying our old self with Christ, the power of sin is rendered powerless. We are no longer under its dominion or control.

Freedom from Slavery to Sin:

Paul asserts that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Sin, which once held us captive, no longer has dominion over us because of our union with Christ.

This freedom is not theoretical but practical. It means we have the power to say no to sin and live in obedience to God.

Set Free by Death:

“For one who has died has been set free from sin.” Death breaks the power of sin over us. In our union with Christ’s death, we have died to sin’s authority.

This freedom is both a status and a reality. Our old self’s death with Christ is a past event, and its effects are ongoing, enabling us to live a new life in Christ.

Application:

1. Embracing Our New Identity:

Reflect on your new identity in Christ. You are no longer defined by your past sins or failures. Your old self has been crucified with Christ, and you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Regularly remind yourself of this truth. When tempted to fall back into old patterns of sin, declare your freedom in Christ and live out your new identity.

2. Living Out Our Freedom:

Understand that living out this freedom involves a daily choice. We must choose to reject sin and embrace righteousness. This is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.

Develop spiritual disciplines that reinforce your freedom from sin. These include prayer, Bible study, fellowship with other believers, and accountability.

3. The Role of the Holy Spirit:

Rely on the Holy Spirit to empower you to live in this freedom. The Spirit not only convicts us of sin but also empowers us to overcome it (Galatians 5:16-18).

Pray daily for the Spirit’s strength to resist temptation and to grow in holiness. Yielding to the Spirit’s leading is crucial for living out our freedom from sin’s dominion.

4. Addressing Ongoing Struggles:

Acknowledge that even though we are free from sin’s dominion, we may still struggle with sin. The presence of sin does not negate our freedom but highlights our need for continual dependence on God’s grace.

Seek help and accountability when struggling with persistent sins. The body of Christ is there to support and encourage you in your walk of faith (James 5:16).

5. Testifying to God’s Grace:

Share your testimony of how God has set you free from sin’s dominion. Your story can be a powerful witness to others who are still in bondage to sin.

Encourage others to embrace the freedom that Christ offers. As you live out your freedom, let it be evident to those around you, drawing them to the liberating power of the Gospel.

Conclusion:

As we conclude this devotional, let us celebrate the freedom we have from sin’s dominion through our union with Christ. Our old self has been crucified, and we are no longer slaves to sin. This freedom is both a gift and a calling. We are called to live in the reality of our new identity, empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in righteousness. May we continually embrace and live out this freedom, bringing glory to God and reflecting His transforming grace to the world.