This “coffee with the Lord” comment is for anyone who struggles with persistent, recurring sin in their life… A number of years ago I read this passage when I was struggling with a recurring sin in my life and it gave me great encouragement and led to victory. I believe it will be a blessing to you… I urge you to appropriate what it talks about and live out the reality of your baptism!
“Well then, shall we keep on sinning so that God can keep on showing us more and more kindness and forgiveness? Of course not! Should we keep on sinning when we don’t have to? For sin’s power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptized to become a part of Jesus Christ; through His death the power of your sinful nature was shattered. Your old sin-loving nature was buried with Him by baptism when He died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought Him back to life again, you were given His wonderful new life to enjoy!
“You have become a part of Him, and so you died with Him, so to speak, when He died; and now you share His new life and shall rise as He did. Your old evil desires were nailed to the cross with Him; that part of you that loves to sin was crushed and fatally wounded, so that your sin-loving body is no longer under sin’s control, no longer needs to be a slave to sin; for when you are deadened to sin you are freed from all its allure and its power over you. And since your old sin-loving nature “died” with Christ, we know that you will share His new life. Christ rose from the dead and will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. He died once for all to end sin’s power, but now He lives forever in unbroken fellowship with God. So look upon your old sin nature as dead and unresponsive to sin, and instead be alive to God, alert to Him, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“Do not let sin control your puny body any longer; do not give in to its sinful desires. Do not let any part of your bodies become tools of wickedness, to be used for sinning; but give yourselves completely to God-every part of you – for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for His good purposes. Sin need never again be your master … you are free under God’s favor and mercy!”
Romans 6. 1-14 from the “old” Living Bible paraphrase – the TLB
Praise the Lord!!!