The Lord Jesus came to save us from sin and free us from its consequences (sickness, poverty and death). Christ was able to accomplish this feat having fought and won an all-time battle with the prince of this world. Freedom from sin therefore becomes our heritage if we have accepted this finished work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary and as Paul put it in our text this morning; we have been freed from sin (v6). However, this reality will remain a mirage and latent until we do something. Paul said: “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (v11). The word 'reckon' is an active word that means to think. In other words, Paul was saying we should allow our minds to align with who we have become in the spirit and live out the reality of the freedom we have received from the power of sin. It is only then that we can say we are free indeed. Confession: - I reckon this morning that I am dead unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. My mind aligns with this and my body acts out the reality. Amen.Evening verse : Exodus 16:2-8
The Jews left Egypt freed from slavery, bodily but remained enslaved, mentally. Mental slavery makes one to long for the trappings of a task master being oblivious of the hurt it will have on life's purpose. Love for the things of the world will leave us enslaved to the task master, the devil, even after we have accepted Christ's redemptive package. Let us submit our minds therefore for renewal so that we may freely enjoy the freedom Christ has brought to us. Our spiritual rebirth happened in the spirit. Our total emancipation requires the renewal of our minds so as to be free from the remnants of the flesh stuck into our minds. We are not free indeed if we still go around with the baggage of the flesh in our minds. The Word of God is a cleanser. Let us apply it always for thorough washing leaving us with dirt-free minds." To Study Through The Bible This Year, Study Today Ezekiel 11 - 14 "