You Don’t Have A Right

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Christian Living, Culture, For The Guys, For the Ladies

In his book Every Man’s Challenge: How Far Are You Willing to Go for God?, co-author by Stephen Arterburn with Mike Yorkey, Fred Stoeker really puts in perspective. In the third chapter, Stoeker speaks a truth that we often misunderstand. I know it hit me head on. To quote, “You don’t have a right to stay the way you are.” (38) Think about it. When you gave your life to Jesus Christ, you handed over your rights of control to Him. He bought you with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20 tells us that, “For ye are bought with a price…” That price was Jesus’ very life. “…in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”  “..while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…” Romans 5:6 & 8, 2 Corinthians 5:21. Romans 3:25 says, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [appeasement] [for our sins] through faith in his blood…”

As a result of your faith, you now belong to Jesus Christ. That means you are “joint-heirs with Christ” and because of that, sin has no more power over you. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him…For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:6-9, 14. Did you see that? “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” “…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Romans 6:1-2, 5:20.

See you do not have to serve sin, because of what Christ did it no longer has power over you. God’s grace is greater than sin. Jesus bought you with a price so you can be with Him and not in sin any longer. He has set you free. When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you accepted the truth that who He is and His work done for you on the Cross was enough and handed your control over to Him. Therefore, “you don’t have a right to stay the way you are.” You do have a responsibility to be sanctified or to “work out” your salvation, i.e… Stop sinning and be like Christ. Remember what God said? “Be not conformed to this world” but “be conformed to the image of his Son”. Romans 12:2, 8:29.

Andy Catt

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