In January and February, we are doing an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.
The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.
Reading: Romans 6:9-18
9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Not Alone in the Daily Struggle | Becky Newman
It is a daily struggle with the sin nature. Paul gives instructions here for dealing with that after we are born again in Christ. The language he uses indicates it’s a matter of will — offer, let, obey. But it is not only will, because God gives strength to obey and not sin and grace when we slip up and sin.
You help me in the daily struggle. On our snow day last week, I heard the kids bickering first thing, with my littlest getting worked up quite quickly, letting hangriness take over. Then I heard a mighty crash. When I went to investigate, I found our ping pong table completely destroyed in several pieces, and my little guy hiding, like Adam and Even did in the garden after disobeying God. In response, I amazingly did not have a temper explosion but, instead, felt compassion for him, seeing myself in him at that moment and understanding that he has the same daily struggle I do with sin. When I realized my temper was an issue I needed to address, I added a few things to my daily putting on the Armor of God first thing in the morning, and these are confirmed in these verses — praying to seek to do what is right in God’s eyes, to be used by Him for good, asking for strength to resist temptation, and surrendering my sin issues at the foot of the cross. Every day. Through putting in that effort to work on my will, You have helped me, giving me strength to obey and always grace when I choose to sin. Every time I stray, You put me back on Your holy highway of righteousness. I’m not in this struggle alone.
Lord, You are always with me and always faithful to help me. Thank You. I need it. And my kids need it too. Make me Your instrument of righteousness. And thank You for Your grace.
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