What we know from God is that He is our protector. No matter what the enemy thinks he can do to us, we will never bow down to him or do what he says. There may be temptations galore and we may fall victim to some of these unknowingly, but after we realize what we have done, we immediately repent and come back to God. Why would we stay and continue in willful sin, when we know that there are consequences to these actions? As Paul said, 1“what then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 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. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:15-23) What you just read is true in the life of every believer.
As believers of Jesus Christ, we know that this belief comes from our active faith and obedience to Him and not sin. That is how God protects us. It is because we are for Him and not against Him. Through baptism, we died to the flesh and rose up into newness of life in Christ. This is where Jesus began to dwell in us, from here on out. I know this to be true, for the Lord Jesus is in me as I write this message. Praise God. It is also written, 2“for ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26,27) And what happens in baptism is spoken perfectly by Paul here. He said, 1“what shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” (Romans 6:1-8) So if you are a believer in Christ also, then you have been baptized and He is now your protector. God is for those who allow Him to be with them, in order to do His will.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will make a choice today to follow You. To not allow sin to wreck their lives any longer, but to begin to hate sin and run to You instead. I know that pornography, adultery, and fornication almost destroyed my life. I was dead in my sins until the day that You rescued me. This is when I didn’t even want the appearance of sin in my life anymore. I hated how it made me feel inside, which was filthy and very shameful. I knew that these feelings came from You, helping me know what was wrong with my life. So I called upon Your Name and You found me in all my brokenness. I was wrecked because of the stains of this world, but you saw me and had compassion. I needed You and You came and lifted me up on Your shoulders. I wanted out of the life I was in, and You took me away into Your presence and made me the person I am today. There was a lot of changing that had to happen, but the more I read the Bible and prayed, this all came to me naturally. I didn’t even have to think twice about giving up certain things anymore, for it was better to serve You then the world. You have cleansed me of all my sins through the blood that You have shed for us on the cross, so I am set free. I would never want You to leave me now. I am so much happier to have You as my protector at all times and in all places. My goal is to not find joy in the things of this world but to find the joy that lasts in Your kingdom. Where You are, there I will be also. My end goal is to be with You forever. In the new heaven and earth is where I hope to dwell. Lead me in Your ways, and I know that I will safely return to You, being found worthy come death. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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