When anyone receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior God immediately does two things concerning sin. First, God forgives all of their sins. Second, God frees them from the power of sin.
Today we will focus on the fact that God has freed us from the power of sin. Romans chapter six talks about this freedom more than once. Here is one verse from Romans 6:14
14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
We as believers, don't always comprehend that we are really free from the power of sin. But, instead our minds are still conditioned from past failure. Our mind still acts like we are slaves of sin when in reality we are free. To illustrate this point, and also a solution, I am going tell a short story.
There was a dog who for 12 years had worn an electric collar in a yard with an electric fence. He learned repeatedly that he could not go past a fixed point in the yard. Each day when the mailman came he would angrily run up to just short of where his collar would shock him. He would tell the mailman what he really thought about him. But he always stayed back a few feet from where his collar activated.
One day the owner put the dog out without his collar. Then the mailman came. But, the mailman didn't get bit. Why? The dog stopped at the boundary he thought was still there. He was actually free but didn't act on his freedom because he thought he was still limited by the same boundaries.
Do we ever think like this dog in our Christian walk? Are we thinking that we are trapped when in reality we are free? We need to reprogram our mind to agree with the truth. We don't have a sin collar anymore. We are not stuck within sins boundaries. We are free. What we couldn't do before we came to Christ we can do now. We can defeat sin because it no longer has power over us.
Scripture quotations taken from the "NASB" (www.lockman.org)
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