Who owns the house you live in: sin or God? Who is able to convince you more easily? Who do you invite into your study, reading, quiet, watching, conversing, playing, entertaining…time? Whose power do you invite into where you live?
Today’s information chart answers these questions.
|DEAD TO SIN||ALIVE IN CHRIST|
|Shall we sin more so God can show us more grace? NO! (1)||Because we are joined with Christ through faith, the same glorious power of God that raised Jesus from the dead will also live a new life in the new country of grace (4-5)|
|When we joined with Christ, our sin died and was buried with Him. We can no longer live in sin’s house. (2-4)||Rather than being slaves to sin, we are set free to live with Christ. (6-8)|
|Because Christ defeated sin, and we are joined with Him, we are no longer slaves to sin. (6)||When Jsus died, He took sin down to hell with Him. Alive, He brings God down to us. (8-11)|
|Refused to gant any power back to sin by obeying its desire and cravings. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time into God’s was of doing things. (12-14)|
AND YOU ARE GOVERNED BY THE GRACE OF GOD!
God took me to task in these verses. Whose house was I living in anyway, and if it is God’s, I’d better change my attitude.
Somehow in the challenges of moving, sharing a house with extended family, and social distancing due the COVID-19, I let sin enter into my attitude toward my husband. I have spent the last week cringing at the anger, impatience, and frustration I’ve been feeling, and even more upset about how it has been evident in my words and actions.
Verse 13 says, So then, refuse to answer its call to surrender your body as a tool for wickedness. Instead, passionately answer God’s call to keep yielding your body to him as one who has now experienced resurrection life! (TPT).
Well, I let “I want it my way” into my attitude, which meant I had to fight my husband to be the King of the Hill. That is not the kind of marriage I want to live in, and when I allowed that seemingly-innocent “my way” thought in during one decision-making session, it gave sin inroads into my attitude until it became me against him.
Sin, I reject your power over me. I am united with Christ, as is my husband, and we vowed to be as one with God as our head. Help me to return my attitude to your grace so it will be one of love and care for him, for myself, for each other, and for the extended family in our home.
The picture for this week flowed out of the change God was asking me to make inside myself.
We (my husband and I) are in this together, joined in Christ and to each other. Sin has been defeated with God’s power, and we live under His grace. I will live for Him.