34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Have you experienced what it means to be enslaved by sin?
Jesus is explicitly clear since we are set free from sin, we are to act as a true child of God and be unquestionably free. It is through the Cross that we are no longer in bondage to sin—but instead we are bonded to Christ and to what He has done for us and in us.
God desires true freedom for your life; one that is lived to the full.
While we no longer have a sin nature, we still have sinful habits. We can conquer and overcome those sinful habits and defeat temptations by staying strong in the Lord and staying so close to Him. Don’t give excuses. Don’t believe the thought that sin gets the upper hand in your life. Don’t try to redefine sin and think you didn’t do anything wrong.
Sin destroys but God gives grace to the sinner.
Whenever you feel tempted, surrender your thoughts to Jesus and renew your mind again. Believe and take hold of the truth that you are the righteous of God in Christ. You have not been saved in order for you to continue sinning. Rather, you are saved and placed in Christ. Jesus has overcome sin and its oppressive powers in whatever forms they present themselves, and in Him, we too have the victory and power over sin. Whether it is personal sin, systemic sin and societal sin, Christ empowers you to experience His decisive victory and freedom so as to defend and defeat them.
In Christ, we have power to overcome and be victorious over sin.
Even when you fail again and again, there is no condemnation or fear of judgment because Jesus has imputed to us His righteousness. This is our blood bought covenant with God guaranteed by the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even though you are pressed on every side, the victory is still yours. Nothing changes how God sees you, because He has placed you in His Son. And moreover, knowing our sins have been forgiven gives us the grace and faith to walk boldly in freedom and trust God to sustain us during those times of trials.
Your sin does not define you. Your faith in Him does.
Your sin does not give you your identity. It is God who defines you with an extraordinary identity in Christ. Instead of feeling discouraged or frustrated, it is most helpful to press forward with unwavering faithfulness and not lose hope. In His perfect grace, Jesus makes you a child of righteousness for you to dwell in God’s house forever.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? Are you consciously walking in the truth of your identity in Christ?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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