Your New Christian Life: Three Truths for Breaking the Bondage of Sin (Part 3)

Are you ready to break free from the bondage of sin?  If so, you must now be prepared to answer the question, “What are you ready to serve?” Will your answer be that you will serve the Savior?  Perhaps the draw of sin is still very appealing and beckons for your attention? The next key action under inspection in Romans 6 will demonstrate the decision you’ve made. If you have reckoned yourself to be dead to sin, then you will yield yourself to God’s service. If you yield yourself to sin, you will become an instrument of disobedience…yet if you are going to walk in newness of life, there are some things you must YIELD.

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. – Romans 6:13

If you have thus far determined to know Christ and to experience Him daily, and if you have determined that you will reckon yourself to be unresponsive to sin in order to remain in fellowship with God, then others will see your godly walk because of your Christian “fruit.” That is, the actions you take and the attitudes you portray will reveal the decision you’ve made about your walk with God. Discerning people will be able to see that you are yielded to the Lord.  Likewise, others will also be able to see if you’ve made a decision to yield to your flesh.  You will notice that the results of each decision will be strikingly distinct!

The basis for any “fruit bearing” starts with your decision to yield. It is not so much the decision of whether or not you will yield, but more so the determination of the object to which you will yield. There are essentially two choices: to God or to sin.  No matter which one you choose, yielding will cause you to portray a submissive spirit to the object of your choice. Sin or the Savior will be to you as a King in your life, and you will present yourself to it or Him to fulfill the purpose that it has for you (note, if it is sin that you serve then the purpose will be death – James 1:15; if it is the Savior that you serve then the purpose will be the abundant life – John 10:10).

It is no mistake that the idea of kingship is brought up again – it first appeared in this passage of Romans 6 when it instructed Christians to “reckon” themselves to be dead to sin and not allow sin to “reign” like a king in their lives. This verse takes the illustration further and begins to depict the consequences of your decision.

Yielding to iniquity only brings about more iniquity (see also Romans 6:16 and 6:19). The secondary and tertiary effects of your sins can never be qualified or quantified in advance. You can control your actions, but you cannot control the consequences. Many Christians spend a lot of time doing “damage control” as they respond to the consequences of their sinful behavior. However, you must realize that the only way to remedy the problem is to cut right to its root. The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. Daily, the Christian should present himself before the Lord as a vessel that is ready to be sanctified and meet for the Master’s use (II Timothy 2:21).

Let’s get specific. Romans 6:13 targets specific parts of our composition by using the words “instruments” and “members.” In a manner of speaking, these include our head, our heart, and our hands. Spiritually, the verse targets our thought life, our motives, and our actions. These things can be used to inflict great hurt and harm (evil thinking, sinful desires, or ungodly conduct), or they can be used to affect help (a renewed mind, godly desires, and Christian conduct). Biblically, the word “instrument” is used throughout Scripture to identify a weapon that can bring about death or to describe “armor” such as the armor of light (Romans 13:12) and the armor of righteousness (II Corinthians 6:7). In this sense, it can be used to pull down “strongholds” of Satan (II Corinthians 10:4).

Again, this verse emphasizes that you have a choice to make. You can use your mind, heart, beliefs, words, attitudes, and actions for godly or ungodly purposes. If you become the servant of God (Romans 6:22), then you will bring forth “fruit” unto holiness (again, II Timothy 2:21). If you do not choose to serve God, then you will serve sin and establish “strongholds” for the flesh and Satan to destroy your life (II Corinthians 10:4).

Let’s do some inspection – fruit inspection to be precise. How does your life align with Christian conduct and character as explained in the Bible? Are you walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)? Are you portraying the love, joy, peace, and other fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)? Are you receiving answers to your prayers (I Peter 3:12)? Do you trust in the Lord when making decision (Proverbs 3:5-6)? Do you look to the Bible when you need direction (Psalm 119:105)?

Do you experience fear (II Timothy 1:7)? Do you harbor hurt from the past (Hebrews 12:15)? Do you doubt the Lord’s ability to help (Ephesians 3:20)? Are you easily tempted to do wrong (I John 2:1)? Do you experience worry (Philippians 4:6)? Do you have a sinful habit that you struggle to let go (Hebrews 12:1-2)? Do you often feel alone (Psalm 13)? Do you have anger toward others (Romans 12:19)?

Depending on your answer, the above aspects of your life can reflect that you are yielded to God or reveal that you have built up some sinful strongholds. We all have personal struggles, but we must remember that victory doesn’t come to those bearing the instruments of death. When we are yielded to God we can use our instruments to defeat the strongholds of sin in our life through the power of God’s grace. It is only when a Christian sees the fruit of his life that he will realize that a change may be necessary.

We must arm ourselves each morning with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-11) or apply the bandages to our worldly wounds in the evening.

Daily, the Christian should present himself before the Lord as a vessel that is ready to be sanctified and meet for the Master’s use (II Timothy 2:21)

What decisions do you need to make in order to be yielded to God and to become a servant of righteousness? Perhaps you need to get saved or clean up your life of sinful habits (I John 1:9). Perhaps you need to call a friend or loved one to share the Gospel with them. You may need to take the opportunity forgive someone who has hurt you or even apologize for hurting someone else. May be the Lord has been encouraging you to become more involved in your local church. Perhaps you realized that you need to make Scripture reading and prayer a daily part of your life.

Today you can renew your Christian life by breaking the bondage of sin. No matter what the Lord has laid upon your heart, don’t allow sin to have dominion over you. Become dead to sin and alive to God. Reckon yourself to be unresponsive to the call of sin, and rather yield yourself as an instrument of righteousness in the will and work of God. As the hymn writer asked, “Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Your heart does the spirit control? You can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest as you yield Him your body and soul.”

Today, claim the sweet rest that comes as you yield to the Lord Jesus Christ!

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