Romans 6, verse 11: “Likewise you also must reckon yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but grace.”
Apostle Paul here gives insight and a challenging point about gaining victory over sin. He opens the eye of his readers that there are three things that we must do;
Foremost, what they need to know and learn is to hunger for holiness and to hate their besetting sin! This means that we must remind ourselves every waking moment that God hates our sin. It is due to what sin does to us, it pollutes the stream of holiness in us, it weakens and makes us a coward which makes us vulnerable to the attacks of the enemies. We can’t likewise be vessels of honor to do His bidding here on earth.
If we choose our sins over God then we are opening up ourselves to a reprobate kind of mind.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom which sets us free. God cannot behold sin, He does not condone it. Let’s be factual about it, what is wrong is wrong! Don’t expect to be given special preferences or privileges.
Therefore, it must be hated, confessed and forsaken.
Secondly, there is a manner of faith we need to adopt. We must recognize the love of God for us despite our sin. God loves us but He hates sin. He holds on to his sinning child with a plan to recover him back. Our motive must never be fear of God’s anger against our sin, but a willingness to accept His love that seeks to save us.
Let’s look at it! God pities Us! He knows our frame and the agony of our battles. He is never far from us, He is always right there with us, and keep comforting us that nothing can ever separate us from His love. He knows our battles is enough burden without forcing us to carry on with the added fear of wrath and judgment. I want us to make this confession that “Lord, I know your love for me will cause you to withhold the rod while the battle is being fought. God, you never hurt me, strike me or abandon me while I am in the process of hating my sin and seeking help and deliverance. Amen.”
What we need to know to be victorious over our besetting sin is that sin has already been conquered! You have died with Christ Jesus to the power of sin and you are alive again to serve Him.
Third, there is a contention that we need to carry on. Sin can crush out one’s life. It starts gradually, from little to big sins. We gain victory over it by warring against it, combat with a battle plan in place and under God’s guidance through His word.
At this point, there is a need for an infilling of the Holy-Spirit to give us direction on how to fight certain besetting sins. Note that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers. It is a war against the devil and this puts us in the position of a soldier fighting in a war with all alertness; we may get discouraged, weary, wounded but yet we must keep fighting, knowing that He will order our steps to give us victory at the end. At these times we are to trust God and act on what we know about Him or what He instructs us to do. Listen to Paul: First, “let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies. Secondly, do not yield your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness.” This means since you have died with Christ to sin’s power, act in Christ to the power of sin. Don’t obey it anymore. Fight it! Don’t yield yourself up to its service. Don’t obey its demands.
The righteous are as bold as a lion. There is nothing like having a clear mind and conscience and that is a fortress that the enemies cannot overrun.
Do you want victory over all your enemies? Then go at it the right way by dealing strictly with your besetting sin. You have a responsibility to play by removing the accursed thing in your life and you will become mighty in God.
Remember how it was with the children of Israel when they were about to enter the Promised land. God told Joshua, that he was giving them this land for their inheritance.
That was his promise. They could believe in it. It was theirs to own. But listen to what followed: “Everywhere that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you.” But they had to go in and take it. They had to plant their feet on their inheritance. And that would take quite a fight.
There is more to faith than knowing what God has said and affirming it to be true. Faith is also a commitment.
Conclusively, to encourage us further in our warfare, there’s a great promise: “Sin will have no dominion over you since we are not under the law but under grace” (Romans 6:14). Our struggle of faith won’t be in vain. Amen. Paul the Apostle makes it plain in his texts that we have to struggle against the evil within us all our days. But there is an assurance that we will never again be left alone under the power of sins. We’re free now, free to fight and able to prevail.
So, always remember, that the battle is the Lord’s. It is when we know what God has done for us in Christ Jesus that we can take our stand upon it through the word, that we can face and conquer any besetting sin. The victory that overcomes the world is our faith in Jesus!!!
“Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Hebrews 1 2:1).