Daily Devotional

Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspirational daily devotionals are biblical insights that will enrich,
enlighten, and encourage you in your walk with Christ Jesus.

Dead to Sin... Alive to God

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” –Romans 6:1-2

I can hear you saying, “But that’s impossible. We may be Christians, but we’re still human beings and sin is a fact of life.” Yes, I agree that sin is a fact of life. We are free of its power, but sin’s presence is still everywhere, tempting and enticing us. But does sin have to be our master? No! Never!

Romans 6:14 is your emancipation proclamation: “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”

Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones shares a wonderful illustration of this in one of his commentaries. He describes the kingdom of Satan and the kingdom of God as two fields. When we become Christians, Jesus rescues us out of the Devil’s dry, rocky pasture and places us in His green fields. But that old master, the Devil, yells at us from his side of the fence. We hear him cracking his whip and telling us to get back into his field where we belong. Fear and intimidation make us listen to his lies, and before you know it, we climb back over the fence. What’s amazing is that we don’t have to!  The Devil is not our master!

“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18).

Close your ears to the Devil’s lies. Understand that fear and intimidation are a part of his strategy to force you back into his territory. You died to sin and it is no longer your master. Grace is all you need to say, “No, Satan, my master is Jesus, and I wouldn’t dare set a foot outside His kingdom.”

Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530.

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