WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.
Romans 6:10 (NLT2)
HIS PARDON MUST BE ACCEPTED
When Jesus declared, “It is finished!” He proclaimed victory over the power of sin. The Greek word Tetelestai was an ancient battle cry shouted by the victor when the enemy was defeated. In Romans 5:17, the Apostle Paul said that because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we “will live in triumph over sin” (NLT2). As a follower of Jesus, you have the power to defeat the pull of sin in your life. The following story pictures this new reality.
A pirate ship ruled by a ruthless captain was defeated in battle by a British ship. Unlike the pirate ship, the British ship was under the leadership of a benevolent commander. When the battle was over, the commander told some of his trustworthy lieutenants to sail the pirate ship back to England. The pirate captain and his cronies were locked in a cage on the deck of the pirate ship. The remainder of the more agreeable pirates enlisted as British sailors. As these former pirates sailed back to England, they grew accustomed to a new kind of leadership. They gained a new sense of identity due to the kind and respectful treatment they received from their new officers. At one point, however, the caged pirate captain began shouting curses at his former crew, trying to intimidate them into submission once again. At first, the former pirates were visibly shaken, and a few of them even obeyed some of his orders. Eventually, however, they regained their composure as they realized that their former captain had no true power over them. He could only attempt to intimidate them, but he was no longer their true master.
When Jesus becomes your new Commander, He enables you to say no to the power that sin had over you. What habit(s) has God helped you change since becoming a follower of Christ? What are some areas in your life where you need the power of God to help you obey? Lift up these areas to the Lord in prayer and ask for His wisdom and guidance.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT2), the Apostle Paul wrote: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” Thank God for being faithful to give you power to overcome sin. Thank Him that you can say no to every sin that knocks at your door.