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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Sin, You're Dead to Me!



“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2 King James Version).


How can we go on sinning if we are dead to sin? Ever heard someone say, “You’re dead to me!” Whether in a movie or real life? It means I don’t mess with you anymore. You mean nothing to me. We’re done. Don’t speak to me. Don’t look at me. Don’t even breathe around me. Matter of fact, don’t even be around me. If you see me, go the other way.


Whatever attracted us to sin, that switch has been turned off. “24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Galatians 5:24 KJV). Once we accepted Christ, that same ole sinful stuff just doesn't appeal to us anymore. We really are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).


Paul is reminding believers, and has been for the previous five chapters in Romans, that after coming to know GOD, there should be a change in our behavior, that we should look less like the world and more like Jesus.


“3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 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.” (Romans 6:3-4 KJV).


Our old selves died with Christ. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so should we live as a new person with a new life. The old person we were before we met Christ, and the life we lived is gone, over with, dead to rise no more.


“5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” (Romans 6:5 KJV).


Those words planted together mean united, at one with. It symbolizes oneness with Christ in the likeness of His death! This means that just as Christ died on that cross, we died to our old way of living. Just like He was raised from the dead, so have we been raised to a new life, totally different from the old, a life where we live to serve GOD.

“6 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.” (Romans 6:6 KJV).


Also,


“12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:12-14 KJV).


We are not robots. It is a choice. Sin is still there to tempt us, just like the person we said was dead to us. Therefore it is on us to choose to live for GOD and not go back to the sinful life we were freed from. A life where we didn’t know any better, and for those of us who did know better, but were powerless to do anything about it.


When we make the decision to choose to live for GOD, that is the moment Christ can and did what we could not. He defeated sin in our life. He fought that fight for us. The bully of sin came looking for us at that three o’ clock bell on the playground, but Christ showed up in our place and gave sin the business. “15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15 KJV). Jesus took everything from the evil spirits opposing us. He stripped them of all power and weaponry in front of everyone. His death and resurrection was His triumph.


Jesus rose from the dead and showed Himself to many. And to those who didn’t see Him, He told the disciples to spread the message about His victory to the world (Acts 1:8). They were charged with letting everyone else know that they had also been freed (Matthew 28:18-20). This is also our assignment; and once this is done, He will return (Matthew 24:14).


Today, let’s tell someone about a Savior named Jesus. It’s the reason we were rescued and changed. Not just so that we could have eternal life, but so that we could offer it to as many people as possible by spreading the good news. We have been equipped. Time to work. GOD is with us always. Be blessed in your obedience, Family.


“16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 KJV). Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).




How to be Saved


Romans 10: 9-13


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).


Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)


8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:


“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”


You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.










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