|scripture reading:||1 John 1:8–2:2|
|key verse:||Romans 6:6|
Our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
As Christians, we often become discouraged when tempted by sinful habits we thought were eliminated at the point of our salvation. The truth is, we still live in a fallen world under the influence of Satan.
Because you are a child of God, the enemy no longer holds the title to your life. Spiritually you are seated in heaven with Christ (Col. 3:3). However, this does not free you from the strife of Satan’s disastrous intentions. Salvation only shifts his goal for your life from one of eternal death to one of ineffectiveness.
The enemy wants to render you useless in your witness and testimony for Jesus Christ. Sin is his favorite weapon because he knows it damages your relationship with God. However, the Cross eternally broke the power of sin. You no longer have to yield to its temptation. The only way to handle sin is to put it in subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ. The key to overcoming it lies in living daily in the light of God’s Word.
When temptations come, remember the enemy’s power has been broken. Jesus is your strong Advocate before the Father. Confess your sins, claim His forgiveness, and continue your life in the light of His grace.
Jesus, You are my Advocate before the Father. I confess my sin, claim Your forgiveness, and thank You that I can continue in the light of Your grace.