If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – Because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. – Romans 6:6
The only way to be freed from the slavery of sin is to die. Our only redemption is through death. Sin will quit reigning in our body when we die, but if it is still our master when we die physically then our death is eternal; but when we die to sin then our physical death is but a gateway to eternal life.
In this chapter of Romans Paul draws an analogy between the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and our death to sin, the burial of our dead nature of sin, and our resurrection to a new life. The release of the new life in us depends upon our ability to keep our old nature buried.
When I was just a child I remember watching a film made by a missionary of a Voodoo ceremony in Haiti. The film captured people worshipping the demon gods of Voodoo at a graveside. All at once the body buried in the grave rose up and began to dance. That scene scared me badly. I still shudder when I think of it.
Our old nature is very similar to that Voodoo Zombie. It is dead and buried, but when we mess around with evil that old nature begins to come alive again. The power of sin is resurrected when we begin to listen to the voice of our own sin desire that draws us away from the life of God.
How do we keep our old nature buried? By continuing to surrender control of our life to the Holy Spirit. We may call it self-control but in reality it is surrendering to Holy Spirit control. Keep the old nature buried; stay away from the graveyard of the past daily surrender your life to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit working in you.
Prayer, Meditation and Reflection:
Prayer: Lord, I need your grace to help me keep the old nature buried. I surrender to the control of your Spirit. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: The power of sin is resurrected when we begin to listen to the voice of our own sin desire that draws us away from the life of God. We keep our old nature buried by continuing to surrender control of our life to the Holy Spirit.
Affirmation: When I listen to the voice of the flesh my sin nature is awakened; when I listen to Holy Spirit, my Christ nature is strengthened. I choose to listen to Holy Spirit.
Reflection: When we come to Christ He deals with our sin nature. However, it is our responsibility to keep our sin nature hidden in Christ. Think about how you can do that.
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