Today and Friday I want to provide you with six practical steps for slaying sin. Remember, in the life of the believer, sin no longer reigns, but it still remains. Because of this truth, we must be serious about our role in slaying sin. Today we will look at the first three steps.
Step #1 – Know that your old self was crucified with Christ
We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6)
By nature we are all children of Adam. So the “old self” refers to our pre-conversion life in the flesh. But when Jesus shows up, everything changes! The apostle Paul is telling us to see the reign of sin in our old nature as “crucified” and nailed to the cross of Christ. Sin no longer reigns in the life of the redeemed. Keeping this Gospel truth in view is the first step in the process of slaying sin. We are no longer slaves to sin; rather, we are now slaves to our Savior.
Step #2 – Cultivate a hatred for sin
Let those who love the Lord hate evil [sin]. (Psalm 97:10)
Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other (Nehemiah 4:17-18). The trowel was for building; the sword was for his enemies. Our number one enemy is sin. We must take sword to that enemy, and that begins with a holy hatred for it. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God promised to put “enmity” between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Remember, sin [Satan] hated our Lord Jesus. We must hate sin—all sin—remembering what it has done to us, our world, and our Lord.
Step #3 – Confess your sin
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Because we are sinners, both by nature and habit, every day we are to rest in the rhythm of our redemption every day. And that rhythm is to daily repent of all known sin, knowing that our God is faithful to forgive. Never fear that God will reject you because of your sin! God the Father rejected God the Son in your place. The Father turned away from His beloved Son so that he might look on you with love for all eternity. We simply need to come, humbly and boldly, before the Throne of Grace, knowing that all our sins—past, present, and those still to come—have been nailed to the cross of Christ.
These are the first three steps every believer must take in the process of slaying sin; I’ll lay out the last three steps on Friday. I hope you’ll be back!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!