Today’s devotional time has been one which I want to make permanent and never leave as I live out each and every day. This is Easter Week where Christ is knowingly heading to the Cross. Yes, he’s trying to help his disciples understand its importance, but we all know the answer to this. Christ did two things this coming weekend which are to be forever remembered and understood–He destroyed sin’s dominion over man and He made it possible for each one of us to enter into a personal relationship with His Father–our Father as a clean, set free vessel.
One of our Celebrate Recovery men had relapsed into porn. I mentioned this a couple weeks ago. He is now seeking professional help and working diligently to break this bondage. As I’ve stayed in touch with him I see so much of my own struggle evidenced in his own. I also see the sense of hopelessness wondering if “I” can do this? We all know the answer to this question for I can do nothing within myself. But, how do I ever access the Power of Heaven so I am “free indeed”?
In Romans Paul is trying to help the Jews of Rome to believe just what this Savior has done. He has destroyed the effects of sin and He has given man an entrance to an eternal relationship with God the Father and the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. We do this by accepting Jesus and not by completing the laws of the past.
When Jesus went to the Cross, He took sin with Him–all of sin. By His raising from the dead on the third day He paved the pathway for our re-entrance into the possible relationship man had with God prior to sin–a one on one relationship which can start today when we accept Christ into our hearts. He cleansed this temple of ours (our body) when He did all of this and gave us His Gift–The Holy Spirit. My job is to keep this vessel (my body) in good shape for this Gift. I can’t do this by fighting with my own strength, I do this by letting go of all my old beliefs calling them out loud as lies. Isaiah 55:11 says: “So shall my word be that comes forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I desire….” I desire to be set free from the bondage of sin and it’s hold on what I believe about myself.
Satan tries to convince us that our sin is too great or it simply is a permanent part of us. These are the lies we are to say out loud in response to his temptations. Christ took sin to the Cross. He didn’t prioritize sin, He took it all. Don’t let man or Satan do anything to convince us otherwise.