In Christ: I Am Dead To Sin

It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion.  Over the next 31 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”.  Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.

Here is day two with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, have died to sin.

I Am Dead To Sin

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:1-3 (NIV)

What temptation is your greatest struggle?  Is there any element of sin in your life that you have accepted as normal — something you can’t win against?  Why do you think it still has some form of control over you?  How would seeing yourself dead to that particular sin help you in your struggle to overcome it?  What power does sin have over someone who is dead?

God says that all who have been immersed into Christ have been immersed into His death!  Through Christ we have become dead to sin so that it no longer has power, or authority, over us.  As you consider your identity in Christ, pray that you would overcome temptation through a recognition that you are dead to sin.  Pray that you would be free from the grip of sin and its desire to lay hold of your life.  Pray that you would continue to grow in a life that is dead to sin.  Pray that the people around you would recognize you as one not controlled by sin.  Pray that others would know a life that is dead to sin.

In prayer,

Tom  

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