21 December 2023
God takes sin seriously. He saw it as such a huge problem, that He gave what He valued most, His only Son, to solve it. The Bible is clear. The sinful stuff we do is no longer an issue between God and us now because of what Jesus accomplished on our behalf through the cross and His resurrection. Even though sin is no longer blocking our access to God that we have through Jesus, sin can still be a huge problem in other ways for believers today. When we embrace the kinds of behavior that God calls sinful, we submit ourselves to that sin. What we submit to, we are controlled by. Sin serves Satan. Therefore, to the degree that we submit to sin in our own lives, we are also serving Satan too. Here is the good news. As believers, we can now choose not to sin. In Christ we have the power to reject that sinful behavior from our own lives. In this way we can resist the devil and submit to God instead. The enemy may come at us to test our resolve. But the Bible says that the enemy will flee from us when we continue to resist him. You will reap a harvest if you don't give up. Today you get to choose whom you will serve. Will you continue embracing that sin in your life and continue to serve Satan with it? Or will you choose God's ways and serve Him instead?
Don’t you know that when you present yourselves as servants and obey someone, you are the servants of whomever you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? — Romans 6:16 (WEB)