Romans 8-11 (KJV)

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

One day the gospel made sense to you and you placed your faith in Jesus Christ to forgive you of all of your sins.

You felt thrilled with this new life and marveled that many of the ungodly things you once did had lost their attraction. Perhaps you even thought that you had conquered every sinful impulse. After all, Romans 8:2 promises, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

And then you stumbled—badly.

A new temptation or a new set of trials brought to light some area of your life that you thought you had whipped. You felt confused, ashamed, maybe even alarmed.

Perhaps you wondered, How could this happen? I thought I was supposed to be free from sin!

The truth is, Jesus has set us free from sin—but it is a kind of freedom that sets of free from ourselves.

When Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20), he means that God had broken his selfish individuality and united his spirit with his Lord. He truly became one with Jesus, and therefore he had many of the same resources available to him that Jesus enjoyed on this earth (see Rom. 8:10, 11).

If you have accepted Christ as your savior then you are one with Him. His likeness and holiness are present within your life. The very power that enabled Jesus to resist all temptation dwells within you.

Still, there remains within your mortal body an impulse to sin, a “sin nature” that must be surrendered to God. So Paul writes, “I know that in me,(that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells, (ROM. 7:18).

Yet we are not stranded in this barren place, for Paul also says, “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

Through faith we access God’s power to overcome our sinful impulses.

A little later in Galatians, the apostle explains it in different terms: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

We receive Jesus’s gift of freedom only by exercising faith in God. We must believe that He can remove ungodly strongholds within our hearts and that He continuously works to make us free from all sin and bondage.

Our responsibility is to say, “no” to sin an “yes” to God as we trust Him to provide the all-encompassing liberty that our souls crave.

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