Tuesday December 6th, 2016
Romans 6:16 KJV
Know ye not, that TO WHOM YE YIELD yourselves servants to obey, HIS SERVANTS ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
The Grace of God is the divine ability impacting upon your human ability and enabling you to do what your ability otherwise cannot do by itself.
Righteousness, when understood as the ability to “stand right” (free of guilt) in the presence of God, becomes a powerful tool for Right living. Under the law and its oppressive demands, it was impossible to resist sin because of the inherent SIN nature but under the New Testament of Grace, Righteousness empowers you to say no to the lure of sin in the flesh.
Romans 6:14 KJV
For sin SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION over you: for ye ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, but under GRACE.
“Sin"cannot force itself upon you without your cooperation. The operative word in our devotional of today is the world “Yield”. That word in the Greek is translated as “to stand by, expose to or consent to”
Romans 6:13 KJV
Neither YIELD ye your members (body parts) as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but YIELD yourselves unto God, as THOSE THAT ARE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
The verse above is simply saying that even though you are a new creature in Christ, exposing yourself to temptation would eventually make your body an instrument or vehicle for carrying out unrighteous actions that cannot be praised as right living.
This puts the responsibility for how we live squarely on our shoulders. It then becomes a matter of decision or choice. If you chose to “stand by or expose” yourself to an atmosphere of God, your body will become influenced to manifest right actions only.
I don’t care how spiritual you become, as long as you are in this human body, temptations will surround you and daily clamour for your attention. The devil will tempt you in diverse ways and your flesh will be sorely tried. However the ultimate decision to fall or walk will be determined by who or what you are consistently YIELDING to.
The pull of the flesh is as a result of the presence of SIN in the body’s memories.
Romans 6:12 KJV
“Let not sin therefore reign IN your mortal BODY, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof”
The human spirit has been freed from SIN by virtue of the New Birth but the 5 senses of the body called “flesh” retains stored up memories from the former life of SIN.
The environment you consistently expose or YIELD yourself to then determines whether your body will respond in either Right or Wrong living.
Just as it would be near impossible to sip a bottle of beer comfortably in a Church service, praying in tongues will also not work on Delilah’s bed. They both represent actions carried out in contrary environments.
Yielding to the Holy Spirit will greatly influence and aid your living right but yielding to the persistent clamour of your flesh will produce death (Physical, financial or marital).
Romans 8:13 KJV
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Galatians 5:16 KJV
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust (desires) of the flesh.
A close relationship with the Holy Spirit is inevitable to living right. As you learn to hear, know and obey His voice, you will daily yield more to Him and less to the strident call of your flesh.
I am a Spirit, I possess a Soul and I live in my body. I am the recreated image of Yahweh my Father who is known as the Father of all spirits. There’s no SIN in my Spirit because there’s no SIN in my source. By the force of Righteousness in my Spirit, I exert godly influence over my soul and therefore rule over my flesh. I command my body and it responds to me because it’s mine. I refuse to allow SIN to reign in my mortal body by refusing to expose myself to environments of temptation. I deliberately create for myself and chose to dwell in an atmosphere of God by the Holy Spirit. I reckon myself dead INDEED to Sin but alive to God only. Amen.
Pastor Ken Okotcha