Thursday, May 2, 2019
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:….” (Romans 5:12 KJV).
Behold, how sin creeps in!
Ephesians chapter 4 tells us how sin operates as well as how Father God has designed us in Christ to overcome it: “ This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
“ But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Romans chapter 12 also speaks of this “renewed mind:” “ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The flesh—our sin nature—is “greedy” (see Ephesians 4:19). If we Christians do not deny it access to our lives (Titus 2:11,12), it will eventually consume us. We have been created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Ephesians 2:10): those good works are enumerated throughout Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon. If sin has dominated us, and we find ourselves living like the world, that is our fault (and not God’s)! He gave us a complete identity in Christ, and a completed Bible in hand. If we fail to apply them to life by faith, then sin will creep in… and ultimately master us!