“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14
Sin is the problem in the church today and there is but one answer to the problem of sin – the Cross of Christ. Not the wooden beam but what Jesus Christ afforded to whosoever will believe in His finished work on that wooden beam. Jesus is the source and the Cross the means by which the power of sin is broken in the Believer’s life.
Due to Adam’s fall we are all born with a sin nature. The sin nature rules and reigns in our heart until we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Once we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes into our heart to reign and the sin nature is isolated…sin no longer has dominion.
Then comes the various religious Christians with good intentions and much zeal. They begin to show us different methods, some of them Scriptural (ie. fasting, praying, reading our Bible, etc.), to overthrow a bondage. When I say bondage, I mean anything caused by sin…it may not even be your sin. For example sickness. Sickness is in the world due to Adam’s original sin, not necessarily the person’s sin. Although, don’t misunderstand, a person can certainly bring on sickness due to their own sin as well.
So the religious, who indeed love God, come and give us a particular method to overcome our bondage and we eagerly partake in this method. We hate our bondage as well. However, that method doesn’t work. So we try another idea (40 days of purpose, 100 ways, etc., etc.) and this sin continues to have dominion over us. In desperation we cry out….WHY???? We have done everything our “religious mentors” have instructed us to do. We have tried with our self efforts to overcome. We have prayed, we have fasted but we’re still dominated by the sin that so easily besets us. WHY???
The answer is so simple. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so simple if the Believer would just believe. An unbeliever always looks at the circumstance but a Believer looks to the Cross of Christ for victory. The Scripture says that “…sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are NOT under the Law, but under Grace.” (Romans 6:14; emphasis added).
You see friend, when we started looking to the various methods given to us by man to overcome sin, we put ourself back under law. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to isolated our sin nature and give us dominion over sin when we are under law. Law causes our faith to shift from the finished work of Jesus on Calvary’s Cross to “our part”…whatever our part may be.
Our part is faith; faith in the Son of God, Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay our sin debt and break the power of sin in the Believer’s life.
Sin is the problem in the world today and the Cross of Christ is the answer…there is no other.
“18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:18-21
The works of the flesh have indeed manifested in the modern church and the Lord is outside the door knocking. He that has an ear to hear, let him hear.
-Donna Clark Warren