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 8 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 twenty-five with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, can be free from your sinful nature.
I Am Free From My Sinful Nature
“In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.“
Colossians 2:11-12 (NIV)
What are some things that you find yourself doing that you wish you didn’t do? Have you ever excused your own sinful actions by saying you just can’t help it? Are there areas where you feel you are a slave to your body, desires, or thoughts? What do you think it would take to break free from that slavery? How often do you think about being dead to your old way of life?
From the beginning, mankind has been quick to make excuses for sinful behavior. We have all had our own version of “I can’t help it, it’s not my fault.” From Adam blaming Eve, to Eve blaming the serpent, and eventually to both of them blaming God for making them the way He did. While the curse brought about by that initial sin left us with flesh bent toward sin, in Christ we are free from that curse! As you pray, ask God to help you make decisions that are not bound by the curse of sin. Pray that you would live as one who is free from your sinful flesh. Pray that the people around you would be found in Christ so they would know freedom from their sinful flesh.