Tag Archive | victory over sin and death

Ephesians 2:3 ” All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.”

All of us do it…we daydream.  Pleasant fantasies that transport us from the drab and boring into over the top imaginings.  But if we indulge in these musings more and more, they will soon take over our life…for the real world can never compete with fantasy.  And it’s here in this verse we’re warned about willful pleasure-seeking thoughts.  As humans living in a sinful world –  ungodly thoughts are going to drop into our minds…thoughts that can even shock and embarrass us.  Like, “Where did THAT come from?!!)   But it’s at that moment we have to take captive that thought and make it obedient to Christ. (II Corinthians 10:5)  For if we give in and allow these thoughts to have their way in our mind…our vivid daydreams will lead us farther and farther from God into disobedience.

Romans 8:34 ” Christ Jesus, Who died – more than that, Who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross atoned for our sins, removing the condemnation and power sin had over us.  But when He rose from the dead He took His rightful position at the right hand of God becoming then our advocate, mediator, and champion.  I John 2:1  reminds us,  “We have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ.”   Remember, you have someone who is ever-present at the elbow of God appealing on your behalf…intervening for your good…defending your case – Jesus Christ is His name.

Colossians 1:21 ” Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.”

Left on our own, the human thought process is very self-centered.  We’re always looking out for ourselves, our comfort, and well-being before thinking of others.  This self-indulgent reasoning though separates us  from God’s love.  But where we were once an enemy of God, we can now be reconciled to Him through the death of His Son Jesus. (Romans 5:10)   Once we were foes of  God, but now we’re friends…once we were alienated, but now united by His Son, Jesus.

Romans 5:8 ” But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

To move towards loving one another…we must move away from false definitions of love and let love be defined by the death of Christ.  Human love is selfish…it desires something in return and has strings attached.  But if we look at this verse, we see that we had nothing to do with the unconditional love God showed to us by sending Jesus to die for our sins.  In fact,  it says that God loved us before we even knew anything about Him…while we were still rebelling against anything Godly, it says,  He still loved us.  So to love one another as Christ loved us, our love must be as limitless and absolute as His…as selfless and merciful as the Cross.

I Chronicles 16:23 ” Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.”

If you had never heard the Good News of Jesus…where would you be today?  It’s a very sobering thought, and for many of us, we’d probably be dead.  Now whether it was spiritual or physical death, we’d all be doomed to spend eternity in hell.  But instead, someone brought us the Good News…proclaiming deliverance and victory over the guilt and punishment of sin.  And so we stand here today, forgiven and set free.  So why wouldn’t we want to proclaim His salvation to others?

Ezekiel 18: 1-2 ” The Word of the Lord came to me: ‘What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: The father’s eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ “

In this passage God is doing away with this well-known proverb and giving His people a new one.  For in the next verse He exclaims, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.  For every living soul belongs to Me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to Me.  The soul who sins is the one who will die.”  Here God gives us a declaration of individual responsibility for our sins…for only us are accountable for our sins…and some day, we will be the only person that will answer for them.

Psalm 97: 10 ” Let those who love the Lord hate evil for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

It tells us here, if you love God – you hate sin.  There’s no middle ground or compromise for this statement either.  If Jesus is living inside of you, sin and wickedness should evoke within you a strong aversion and loathing.  If sin of any type is still enticing, tempting, and luring you…even if you don’t act on it…I pray that you confess this captivation and ask for forgiveness.  For our God is not only able to rescue you from the hand of the oppressor, but give you peace.