365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book I wrote that is available in print by contacting me at 843-338-2219 or via lara@GoodNews.love.
“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” Romans 6:10-13
Jesus the Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead! Glory be to the Lord! We are to be dead to sin and alive to Jesus! Glory be to the Lord who enables us to do this! Who gives us the power day by day to turn away from our sins and to live utterly for Him! Who gives us love, grace, peace, hope, mercy, compassion, comfort, power, wisdom, and all we need day by day to live for Him and no longer for this world, for ourselves, and for the devil!
Sin is no longer to be on the throne of our lives! Jesus is to be our forever Lord! Forever King! Forever God! Forever Father! We are no longer to be instruments of sin. No longer to be vessels of sin. No longer to be containers of sin. No longer to be in bondage to sin. No longer to bow down to sin and the devil. No longer to bow down to our flesh. We are to be “INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS”.
To what? To whom? TO GOD! For what? For whom? FOR GOD! We are to live righteously! We are to live in a manner that brings love, praise, joy, honor, adoration, worship, and glory to the Lord! God gives us the ability to be so transformed that we are now such instruments of His righteousness. That we learn to no longer bear the fruit of ungodliness. That we learn now day in and day out to bear the fruit of righteous living. Of right living. Of godly living. So we bring joy to the Lord!
What a transformation to which the Lord calls us! What a transformation enabled by the Lord! What a blessing that we can live well, and abundantly, in humble, loving, obedient devotion to the Lord, AMEN!