Lesson 7: Victory over sin
Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6: 14
Dominion: originates from the latin word dominus which means supreme authority.
Sin, shall not have supreme authority over you.
What dictates your actions?
What governs your motives?
Do you go to church because you have to or because you want to deepen your relationship with Christ?
Do you help a brother in need because it is required or because you are eager to share the blessings bestowed upon you with another?
Do you refrain from drinking alcohol and coffee because the Bible warns against mood altering substances or because you would prefer to be in health so that your body prospers and is able to spread the good news of Christ’s love?
for you are not under law but under grace
If your answers are the latter it is because you are living under grace and not the law. Is the law still being kept?
Yes it is but your motives are different and so in each mistake you make, you realize it is part of a bigger picture and journey and not a checklist that determines your standing with God.
This is profound. Read the 6th chapter in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome and think about this.
Does this mean that we never sin?
Of course not.
As any baptized Christian knows, sin doesn’t just automatically disappear from our lives once we come up out of the water. Not being ruled by sin isn’t the same as not having to struggle with it. We have a daily, moment-by-moment battle to keep reckoning ourselves dead to sin and alive unto Christ. Though the promises of victory are there, we must claim them—by faith. We always must remember, too, that God’s grace abounds, even when we sin.
(Quote from the lesson)
So how does one have victory over sin
1. Make a choice: Romans 6:12
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. KJV
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. NIV
That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Message Translation
It’s a decision.
It’s a matter of the will.
It’s a conscious choice made daily not just at the time of baptism.
The message translation says don’t even run sin little errands
How often do you find yourself opening the door just a little bit to sin?
Don’t you realize that service to one master is betrayal to the other?
(You might as well spit in the guy’s face, kill his children and set his house on fire)
Seriously, that is what your choice signifies in the context of the Great Controversy.
2. Acknowledge your choice and it’s consequences: Romans 6: 16
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? NIV
You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. Message Translation
I can go on and on and quote verse 23 which goes into the wages of sin but i think y’all get it at this point.
Victory over sin is only possible through a relationship with Christ. Each day we have to choose Christ and choose to surrender to His will and even when we fall, His grace is made perfect in our weakness. We do not measure our relationship with Him through the letters of the law by checking off a checklist of the things we have done or not done. Instead we put our trust and faith in the one who promised that the work He began He will bring it to completion in our lives.