Month: March 2011

Why Sin Wins

WHY SIN WINS For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Romans 7:15 If someone asked me the question, “Would you like to be like Jesus today?” I would … Continue reading Why Sin Wins

Falls Like A Sword, Then Saves

FALLS LIKE A SWORD, THEN SAVES It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.  Roman 7:13 Scriptures, without application, do nothing for me.  … Continue reading Falls Like A Sword, Then Saves

Living At Arms Length

LIVING AT ARMS LENGTH But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.  Romans 7:6 “Your mother … Continue reading Living At Arms Length

After All Is Said And Done, It’s Beautiful!

AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE – IT’S BEAUTIFUL! Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may … Continue reading After All Is Said And Done, It’s Beautiful!

What Happened To Passion?

WHAT HAPPENED TO PASSION? For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.  Romans 7:5 Passion can be evil.  It can also be good.  It is a neutral … Continue reading What Happened To Passion?

Death To The Law

DEATH TO THE LAW Or do you not know, brothers ~ for I am speaking to those who know the law ~ that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives?  You have died to the law through the body … Continue reading Death To The Law

Striving

STRIVING For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23 I learned this verse as a small child.  Did you?  I was taught that this was the Gospel in a nutshell, … Continue reading Striving

The Other Side of Regret

THE OTHER SIDE OF REGRET But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.  Romans 6:22 Yesterday’s devotional prompted a lot of you to write to … Continue reading The Other Side of Regret

If Only I Could Go Back

IF ONLY I COULD GO BACK But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed?  For the end of those things is death.  Romans 6:20 What are the things you regret?  Regret is a powerful emotion … Continue reading If Only I Could Go Back

When I Don’t Want To

WHEN I DON’T WANT TO For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  Romans 6:14 For years, I numbed out to Christian realities like sin and grace.  I knew how they were both defined and I … Continue reading When I Don’t Want To