Devotions for September 8, 2017

ROMANS 6:1-12

Sin’s Power Is Broken
6 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires.

NO LONGER SLAVES

We are to think of ourselves as dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus Christ. Baptism symbolizes this as we go into the water to die to sin and our old way of life and rise up from the water to NEW LIFE In Jesus’ power!

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What did Jesus die to break (verse 10)?
Q: What has more control over the way you live daily, sin or the power of God through the Holy Spirit?
Q: Now that you have new life in Jesus Christ, how can you serve your neighbor, classmate, co-worker and church? What changes will they see in your life transformation?

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