Tuesday’s Grilled Talapia

*Tuesday 10.2.12 – Why do I have a Choice?*

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Before we get down to the practical issues of making or not making the right choice we need a little biblical understanding of the realities of our lives if we are true believers who have trusted Christ to be our Savior.

The reason I know every believer has a choice is not from our experiences. Many believers do not feel they have a choice. They have become convinced that there is no way for them to stop so they can use that as an excuse to keep doing what they want to do. I understand that there are issues with addiction, compulsiveness, even demonic influence and deep emotional wounding. However, here is what the Bible teaches us and we need to KNOW this.

If we are in Christ we have been set free. Now some want to over interpret this idea and say we should be free of everything. Christ has set us free … but free from what? We are not set free from temptation – because we still are tempted. We are not set free from the consequences of the bad choices we have made. Those consequences still remain. Someone in jail for sexual sin is not released because they are accepted Christ.

Here is what the Bible says in Romans 6:6-7…

“For 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– because *anyone who has died has been freed from sin*.”

Now there is a lot in these two verses … but here is what I want you to see and learn. “ … anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” You might think … gee I did not know that I have died. But here is the spiritual truth. When Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again from the dead … we were in Him. It is as if what happened to Him has happened to us. Therefore, in the real world of spiritual truth … we have died. The old “us” was crucified and a new “us” has been raised from the dead. So, since anyone who has died has been freed from sin … we have all been freed from sin.

That freedom is in two areas. One – we are freed from the PENALTY of our sin. It was placed on Jesus and He paid the penalty for all of them. Two – we have been freed from the grip or the monopoly that sin had on us. We had our flesh and our old sinful nature – and so sin was our master. That has been broken by the death of Christ and we are not free to choose our master.

More on this tomorrow … just remember every time you choose to sin you are going back and allowing sin to become your master again instead of Jesus. Choose your master carefully … what each brings could not be more different. One leads to life and the other leads to death.

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