DAY 48: Still a Slave?

Read: Romans 6:1-23

Think: Paul is giving very simple, but serious advice on how to be set free from sin. Here it is: Those who have been slaves to someone or something only need to exchange their master! In Romans 6:18-22, he says, “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.”

Act: As an addict, I know this experience well. When you are chained to something or someone (a substance or a person), you can’t stop thinking about them/it, your mind cannot focus on anyone or anything else. You are consumed with your cravings. You are held hostage by them—they control your emotions, your schedule, your expenditures…everything. Paul makes it simple. Give yourself over to God. Become a slave to righteous living. Chase after God like you chased after ungodly or immoral things and He will free you from the power of sin! Today, identify one thing to which you consider yourself a slave.

Pray: Lord, I admit that I am incapable of overcoming sin without You. I ask for Your power to work in me. Please give me freedom from ______________. I need You. Amen.

Be full of faith today!