A Few Good Men
|Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:11|
If I were to ask you “who would you call if needed a friend”? It’s amazing at the amount of selflessness a true friend will exhibit in times of need. I think about a big wooden chair I like to sit on in my back yard. There are storms that come and blow everything that is not held down all over the yard. But when the storm passes and all of the chairs on my deck can’t be found, I always see my big wooded chair, immovable and ready to comfort me.
The picture of the chair is one of those scenarios of when life’s storms come our way and when the dust settles our true friends are there to comfort. I can think of one of those guys up north who will be reading this. I’ll be getting a text soon full of encouragement, Hi John! One of the attributes of a good friend is someone who, when he gives you his word, he’s there. I shared in my last blog about our devotional time while away on our trip. The simplicity of Paul’s message of Romans 5-7 of the exchange of being slaves to sin (before salvation) and now being slaves to God (a choice). Romans 6:22 says “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life”. The teaching went on to say that although we have been set free we have a choice. The bottom line is this, ” Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Here’s what it’s telling me, when I get up in the morning I need to “present” my eyes, hands, feet, etc. to God. Getting back to “A Few Good Men” if I promise myself to God then when sin comes along to “borrow” me, I simply say “no way, I’m already spoken for”. And like a trust worthy friend, if I’ve given my word to God my members are no longer available, capeesh (kuh-peesh, Italian for understand). “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” 6:13 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” 6:12 Now I know it’s not easy, and it’s something we need to do daily but don’t discredit the power of God. When we sin, it’s because we want to, not because we have to, Ouch … Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 16-17 Think About This: Love is fundamentally a Person — a who, and not a what. —Winston Smith Verses to Memorize: The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you with his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17