GRACE BRINGS FREEDOM FROM SIN AND SINNING

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For sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under grace Romans 6:14.

 

Jesus came to give us complete victory over sin’s dominion in our life. Many know of the grace that saves or that takes us out of sin (its rule/authority/dominion) but know very little of the grace that sanctifies or that takes sin out of us (acts of sin after salvation). Grace isn’t a license to sin but freedom from it. Grace has power to keep us from sinning not just provide forgiveness when we do sin.

 

While we were “In Adam” we had our lifestyle dominated by spiritual death or our fallen nature, satan, and the lusts of our flesh Ephesians 2:1-3. But God who is rich in mercy and love when we receive His salvation everything changes and we are put in a superior position called “In Christ” Ephesians 2:4-6.

 

Salvation gives us a new position in the spirit from which to relate to sin and the Word of God helps us to grasp it by giving us different pictures of our relationship to sin (Romans 6:1-14 as a dead man; 6:15-23 as a freed slave from an old master; 7:1-6 as a wife who dies to her old wicked husband). These redemption facts are pictures that are true of the potential we have to keep us from sin.  They are ours by virtue of the position we now have by grace called “In Christ.” Sin always involves our will and the leverage it needs to choose not to sin is strengthened by the knowledge of what salvation made available to us in Christ by the grace of God. We don’t have to choose to sin and we can live up to the full potential available to us.

 

The power and potential of all of this is ours by grace and went into effect in our new creation spirit, though it is all unseen and unfelt by us when we got saved. We must gain knowledge of all that went into effect in the spirit, our spirit, and the spiritual side of redemption or what Jesus did for us. This position we have by grace is to affect our practice or our walk with the Lord. Spend time reading and meditating on these verses until your heart is assured that sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under grace. Yes, in practice, we may still yield to sin, but we don’t have to. What God did through Jesus is greater than what satan did in Adam.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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