God’s Grace in Romans | Our Authority Over Sin|
We saw from our last discussion that we have been delivered from the law and are under the grace of God, hence, sin shall no longer have dominion over us.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Romans 6:15
After proper teaching on what happened to the believer at born again experience; that we don’t sin because we are already dead to sin, and after showing that his gospel of grace does not lead to sin for the law that stimulated sin is now yanked out: the apostle now establishes the second reason why we don’t live in sin.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16
The second reason we live in holiness is that, when we sin, we yield ourselves to the author of that sin which is Satan, thereby giving him access into our lives to release the consequence of that sin.
Observe carefully the personal pronoun used in the verse above “whom” which speaks of a person.
To yield to sin is to yield to the person of Satan. It is to give him authority over our lives to steal, kill and to destroy.
God has already forgiven us and removed the law that stood between us and him which produced wrath (Romans 4:15). The Lord is no longer imputing our sins against us (Romans 5:13).
The consequences of our sins are no longer coming from God but from the Devil.
Our actions release either God’s power or the power of Satan. This is why we cannot afford the luxury of sin, for though God is not imputing our sins to us (Romans 4:8) there is the author of that sin that is set to release death.
If we discover that we have yielded to Satan, the way to nullify his work in us is to say the same thing with God; we yield back to God by confessing the sin and the forgiveness already resident in our spirit is released to neutralize that power of the enemy.
Observe carefully again this word “servants” used twice in the verse above which is translated from the Greek word “DOULOS” which properly means a slave (Strong’s Concordance G1401).
The apostle was not speaking of irregular mistakes but a given of oneself wholly to sin to become a slave of that sin. A condition where you give yourself wholly to another‘s will.
This is clarified so that we don’t go about thinking every little mistake we make the Devil is already releasing death into our lives.
No, it is when we wholly yield ourselves to become slaves of sin, where we live in the captivity of the Devil that he releases death into our lives. But when we turn and yield back to God, righteousness is released which destroys every yoke.
This is the second reason the Christian hates sin. This is why we must not let the devil eat a free launch from our lives.
Thank you Father for the knowledge of who I am and what I have in Christ; I am joint-heir with Christ, his authority is mine and I cannot yield my God-given right to dominion over to the devil.
I refuse to submit to the yens of sin and live above sickness and diseases.
Where I have given away my dominion through negligence or willingness, I repent and declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
In the way of righteousness is life and in its path there is no death, therefore I declare that there is no death in my path.
In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “take the limits off me and I will do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask, or even think, according to the power at work in you.
Dear child, your faith must be energized beyond what you see. I am willing and doing but the manifestation of my power is limited to what you can conceive.
Pull down the blind and start walking in your promise. Your morning is here, walk by faith and despise not the dawning of this morning light, though dim, it will shine more and more unto the perfect day”
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephessians 3:20
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18
NB: The infrequent flow of this teaching series is because I have been occupied much with the Healing School which began February. As God is helping me to catch up with the pace these teachings will kick back as often as they used to be.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
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