What Christ Has Done
Theme of the Week: Sin: What We Can't and Can Do About It
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. (Romans 3:25, 28)
Dig Deeper: Romans 3:21-28
If you fixate on what you do wrong and struggle to conquer the bad behavior, you always arrive at some sort of plan that involves your own willpower and determination. When that happens, you are setting yourself up to fail. Taking an approach that contradicts what the Bible says about your sins won't work, despite the fact that you are sincere and even ask for God's help. He will not help you. Instead he will let you fail until you come to the place where you are willing to accept his answer for your sinful actions.
The reality is we don't have to conquer our sins—because Jesus Christ already has defeated sin. When we try to do what he has already accomplished, we are denying the sufficiency of his grace and are substituting a self-glorifying legalistic method.
The only way to enjoy victory over sin is to rest in the victory that is already yours because of Christ's finished work. Transformation will come as you stop trying to do something that Christ has already done. Simply rest in his victory and direct your attention to him. As you do that, the sins that have wielded power over you will fall aside, powerless.
—Steve McVey in The Grace Walk Devotional
My Response: According to this reading, why can't I conquer my own sin?
Thought to Apply: Religion to me is almost like when God leaves—and the people devise a set of rules to fill the space.—Bono (Irish rock star)
Adapted from—The Grace Walk Devotional by Steve McVey (Harvest House, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, may I remember that I can't rid myself of sin by my own effort and that Christ died and rose again to free me from the power of sin and death.
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