So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
We cannot live in sin under the excuse that God’s grace ignores it. We were baptised into Christ, into His death and into His resurrection. We have died with Him, and so our sinful nature has died, setting us free from sin.
Therefore we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God.
We struggle with sin in any different ways. People all have their own particular weak spot that satan zeroes in to target with temptations.
I cannot withstand temptation on my own will power. It is not in me to be perfect in my own strength. But God has the strength. In fact He has planted that strength in me in the person of the Holy Spirit.
I cannot be perfect. But He can be perfect in me.
We focus on being born again, but Paul says that we must die before we can be born again. Death must come before the resurrection.
In Christ I have died to sin. In Him my old nature was put to death and buried. Now I am alive in God.
This means my old sinful nature no longer has control over me. I have been set free from sin and death.
Of course satan is always there, denying that I am new, whispering lies of the attractiveness of sin, trying to draw me back to the old ways.
Paul says, Consider yourselves dead to sin.” This sin belongs to the old me, the one that is buried. It is no longer a part of who I am.
This is not mind over matter. It is not will power. It is me agreeing with God. The power of the Holy Spirit brings strength to my spirit to stand firm in the new reality in which I now live.
Yes, I will continue to fall. Yes there are some parts of my life that are still stained by sin. By the grace of God the old me is dead and I am free from the power of sin to hold me in bondage.
Hallelujah Jesus my Saviour! You are working your perfect will in my new nature. Help me to stand firm in you, considering myself dead to sin and alive in you. Amen.