LESSON 17 - Grace (Resist) Part 2
Ben accurately shares that you are alive in God and dead to sin. Understanding the Grace of God will empower you to RESIST sin and enjoy a #lifestyleofholiness #happyholiness !
GRACE (RESIST) Part 2
“…Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin…” (Rom. 6:12-13)
Alive to God – This means “to be alive” & “to enjoy life”; “new creation”; literally, God does not want you to live tormented by sin. Instead, He provides you with His GRACE to resist sin and become the man or woman He created you to be. When you are alive to God you received a new position, new power, new nature, new insights, and new destiny (see Firm Foundations #16).
New Creation ALIVE – God did not just save you from something—He saved you for something—to be a new creation, an “alive creation”. Paul say, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor. 5:17)” Jesus did not go to the cross so that you would “just be saved” and have a blobby, depressed anxious life; satan tries to keep you in your old life, while God’s grace is working to significantly transform your heart, soul, mind and strength into a new creation.
LEGAL POSITION – Rom. 6:1-10: Our legal position (what you received in Jesus through the Cross) you are dead to the reign of sin (v. 2); you are free from the power of sin; you still have “sinful desires” but the power/control is gone. Therefore, you access the grace of God to live “alive in God”.
COOPERATE WITH GRACE – Rom. 6:11-13: Three principles to help you walk/alive in Grace: KNOW GOD’S TRUTH, RESIST SIN AND SATAN, and PURSUE GOD AND PEOPLE.
OUR LIVING CONDITION - Romans 6:15-23: what you experience as you cooperate with grace.
GRACE (Part #2) RESIST SIN AND SATAN (Rom. 6:12)
Resisting Principle (Rom. 6:12-13): We resist sin, Satan, and sin-provoking circumstances. “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin… (Rom. 6:12-13)
Do not let sin reign in your body: You resist sin by denying fleshly lusts that war against you (1 Pet. 2:11). Jesus emphasized the need for self-denial (Mt. 16:24). Grace is like a sleek sharp sword; grab hold of grace and slice sinful desires that seek to devastate your life (this is “resting” in grace). You can present your members: talents, time, money, heart, soul, mind, strengths (eyes, ears, hands, etc.) to God; you ask God to train and allow you to act and work in righteousness. Paul teaches, “The grace of God…has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly…” (Titus 2:11-12).
Do not present your members to sin: We must refuse circumstances that inflame sinful desires. We do not go to places, buy items, or look at or talk about that which stirs up sinful passions. The battle for sin starts with our desires. Our evil desires calls out to unite in depravity with darkness (James 1:14-15). This is the battle! You must resist the battle in your mind. Why? How? Why, Jesus died and rose again—so that you could be alive; His plan is not for you to continually struggle every day. How, you resist the urges by accessing God’s Grace.
RESIST – When an evil desire rises inside or me I stop and say, “Holy Spirit, help me to resist____________, give me GRACE to overcome. Then I wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit, my Helper, to come with tangible power to help me to not sin. Keep asking.
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