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HOW to Gain Victory over Sin
HOW do we gain the victory over sin? If you are a TRUE Christian, you are determined that you want to win over sin so that your life will glorify your Saviour, because He loved you SO much that He went to the cross for you . . . but you know that you are still a rebellious sinner. Sin always dishonors the Lord Jesus! It always has and always will! But, on the other hand . . . a holy life glorifies Him.
Have you ever felt very close to the Lord at some particular time? Then the next time you go to Him in prayer, that closeness seems GONE. What happened? SIN, my dear friend! Sin will ALWAYS disrupt our fellowship with the Lord, while a holy life allows us to enjoy sweet fellowship with Him. Since the ultimate goal of all TRUE Christians is to glorify God and enjoy His Presence forever, the desire of all Christians is to win over sin, to have victory over sin!
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Romans 6:19-23 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
The question is, HOW do we gain a constant victory over the sin that so easily trips us up? This Passage gives us some good answers to this critical question, although it is not an ample answer, because Paul does not mention the role of the Holy Spirit here. He will get to that in chapter 8. For a complete answer, read, meditate and pray over Romans chapters 6-8.
The point of Romans 6 is to show that justification by grace through faith alone does not result in continued sin, as Paul’s critics say, but results in sanctification.
To win over sin, give yourself as a servant to righteousness (6:19).
Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. (KJV) . . . Paul was speaking in human terms because of the weakness of our flesh. For just as you presented your members as servants to impurity and lawlessness, which resulted in more lawlessness, he says that we must now present our members as servants to righteousness, which shall result in sanctification. God has freed us from sin, so we can become servants of righteousness. Paul uses the illustration of slaves and masters, because it is easier to understand. Before, we let ourselves be slaves to impurity and wickedness. But now we must choose to be slaves of righteousness so that we will become holy. We once practiced sin but now we yield to righteousness. We once went to great lengths to sin, now we go to great lengths to avoid sin. Our fruit of holiness is sanctification . . . being set aside for God’s use. If we obey God, we will live a holy life, and those lives will please God. We must keep in mind that Paul is describing a process, NOT a once and for all decision that launches you into a state of total sanctification, where sin no longer tempts you. That will NOT happen while we are in these bodies we now possess. That is in the future (1 Cor.15:44-58).
Some people wrongly teach that you should seek a dramatic spiritual experience that will transport you beyond sin and temptation. BEWARE! They promise that those who experience this spiritual “secret” will be free from the battles with the flesh that the rest of us unenlightened Christians struggle with. Do NOT believe this hog-wash! This teaching is of the devil. BEWARE, my dear friend, sanctification is a lifelong process that is a daily battle against sin and temptation.
Romans 6:19 shows that the sanctification process works in both directions. You can either turn at the junction in the road marked “servants to uncleanness and to iniquity,” which shall lead you into more and more impurity and lawlessness . . . OR . . . you turn on the road marked “servants of righteousness,” which will cause you to grow to be more and more like Christ Jesus as you obey Him as your new Master. To be honest, neither path is a smooth, paved highway. You could look at them both more like rough, four-wheel-drive mountain roads. One thing you must remember is, that the road marked “servants to uncleanness and to iniquity” will NOT get you where you want to go! It leads to eternal death in Hell. The road marked “servants of righteousness” will get you to Heaven.
Are you moving in the direction of holiness? Are you truly saved? Do you love God more today than you did yesterday? Do you really hate your sin, and are truly disgusted with it? Do you see the fruit of the Spirit more in your daily life? Test yourself to see if you are in the faith. 2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (KJV)
To win over sin, remember your shameful past as a servant of sin (6:20-21).
Romans 6:20-21 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (KJV) . . .
WHY?? Should we present yourself as a servant of righteousness? Paul reminds us of the other option, which we all were following at one time, and the outcome of sin is always death . . . eternal death! I don’t care how good a Christian you think that you are . . . there was a time in your life when you were a servant of sin (Eph.2:2-3). Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the entire human race is born being slaves to sin. They are conceived in sin (Ps.51:5), and as soon as they are born they speak lies (Ps.58:3).
But, even though you were born as a slave to sin, you do NOT have to stay there. Unbelievers sin because they WANT to sin. They like to sin! Even when they know that they are addicted to drugs, alcohol, immorality, pornography, homosexuality, or whatever . . . and even though they know that these sins cause big problems, they keep on doing them because they like it!
There is only ONE way to be delivered from sin, and that is that God has to give you a new nature through the new birth. A person must be born again (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8). Only if a new nature is given, they will just keep doing what they always liked doing, SIN!
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness . . . There are those who refuse to submit to God (Jam.4:7), and they claim that they are free now. They do NOT want to give up their freedom. They do NOT want any religion taking away their fun and telling them how to live! Yes, these people are free from righteousness all right. When anyone is a slave to sin, they are free from the obligation to do what is right. But, dear one, they are NOT free! They are SLAVES of sin, and Judgment Day will make it quite clear!
When anyone gives themselves over to impurity and lawlessness, it will NOT satisfy their needs. It will only make you crave more, so that you commit worse and worse sins. To feed your lust with a little bit of porn or sex is like pouring gas on a raging fire. It does NOT lessen your lust; it only burns stronger. Servants of sin will eventually dominate and destroy themselves.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. . . . What good did you gain from doing the things that you are now ashamed of? Paul tells us that BEFORE we yield to sin, stop and think about it. There are absolutely NO spiritual benefits we can get by sinning against God! Do NOT allow sin (the devil) be your master!
What should you do when temptations pop into your mind?
First, let the memory of past sins humble you, for you know there is a better way. You were once a slave of sin (been there, done that), please do not be self-righteous and judgmental toward those who are still slaves of sin. Try to point them to the abundant grace of God in Christ for sinners. And always thank God for loving you in spite of your sin and for sending Christ to die for you. And last but not least, always be on guard against falling back into your old sins. We ALL are weak and vulnerable! Sin will always be a powerful attraction, even to the best of saints, and even when you are enjoying fellowship with Christ. Be on guard!
Thus to win over sin, present yourself to God as a servant to righteousness. Remember your shameful past as a slave of sin.
To win over sin, keep in mind your blessed spiritual present as a servant of God
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (KJV) . . . Your spiritual Gift is due to a great change that God has made in your life. . . . But now . . . you WERE a servant of sin, BUT NOW you have been freed from sin. Paul often draws a sharp contrast between our former life and what God has done for us in Christ.
Eph. 2:12-13 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (KJV) . . . Paul describes the sad former predicament of the Gentiles: They were excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Verse 13 shows the great change: But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. He does the same thing in: Eph. 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (KJV)
Comment: We are not yet what God wants us to be. We are not what we shall one day be. But thank You Jesus, we are not what we used to be!
We are promised many wonderful benefits of sanctification.
Satan often tries to make us believe that a life of sin is one of freedom and pleasure, while a life of holiness is slavery and misery. Do NOT believe him! He lies! Sin destroys fellowship with our gracious, kind and loving Heavenly Father. Sin destroys loving human relationships. Sin tears family members apart, who need each other. Sinful parents abuse their children, depriving them of the tender love they need. Rebellious children cast off the wise guidance and experience of their parents. Selfish and greedy family members fight over the inheritance, tearing apart relationships for the sake of worldly things that will soon perish. Sinful people abuse their bodies with alcohol, tobacco, drugs and venereal disease. Sin destroys! Sin brings on the wrath of God!
But what about holiness? A holy lifestyle blesses those who walk in it, and ALL those around them. Righteous people enjoy fellowship with the living God. Holy husbands love their wives, just as Christ loved the church. They tenderly seek the blessing and benefit of their wives. Holy fathers show the grace and kindness of the Lord to their children, teaching them to love and follow the Lord. Holy young people walk in the ways of the Lord, avoiding the terrible scars that come from sexual immorality, drugs, alcohol, and abusive relationships. Holy church members care for one another, encouraging the fainthearted, helping the weak, being patient, kind and loving toward one another (1 Thes. 5:14-15). When you are tempted to sin, remember the benefits of a holy life.
To win over sin, look forward to your glorious spiritual future: eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (6:23).
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . .The result of a present life of holiness is eternal life . . . Paul repeats this in here, contrasting it greatly with the outcome of a life of sin: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Working for wages versus receiving a free gift . . . serving sin versus serving God. The final outcome of eternal death versus eternal life. My dear friend, God’s free gift comes to us ONLY through Jesus Christ our Lord!
This verse is often (and rightly) used in evangelism, but in the context here, Paul uses it to show why being under grace does not lead believers to sin. TRUE believers know that sin pays a terrible wage: death. But receiving God’s free, gracious gift results in eternal life “through Christ Jesus our Lord.” We shall spend all of eternity in the Presence of our loving Lord Jesus, who gave Himself to save us from Hell. So why would we want to sin?
Do you want to go on being a slave of sin, with the final paycheck of eternal death? Or do you want to receive God’s free gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus the Lord? YOUR CHOICE!
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