I was late and rushing to get in to an important meeting when the doorman told me, “You can’t come in.” I expressed my frustration openly. Realizing that I had not responded appropriately, I apologized.

Apart from personal faith in Christ, every human being is controlled by sin (Romans 3:9, 23; 5:12). Humanism says that man is basically good, but God’s word declares the exact opposite. Our rebellion against God brings about separation from Him and results in His just condemnation of us (Romans 5:18). We need rescued.

Because we are helpless and hopeless to escape sin’s powerful control and painful consequences, God in His great love graciously provided a remedy. He demonstrated His love for unworthy and undeserving rebels by sending His divine Son to suffer in our place (Romans 5:8). Christ took upon Himself God’s wrath that we deserve for our sins. All who personally and genuinely trust in His payment for and victory over their sin are delivered from sin’s penalty and power (Romans 3:21-24; 6:4; 1 Corinthians 15:55-58).

Remarkably, all who are united with Christ through personal faith in Him have actually “died to sin” (Romans 6:2) in that we are no longer enslaved to it (Romans 6:6-7). As a follower of Christ, I approached that meeting free from sin’s dominance in my life. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, I gave way to sin’s influence. Paul shares the secret for believers to practically reign in sin because it does not actually reign over them.

Believing and then behaving like those liberated from, not dominated by, sin is our only hope of upright living. Jesus’ followers must believe without reservation that we are “dead to sin, but alive to God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11) We behave like the “new creations” we are (2 Corinthians 5:17) by resisting sin as a personal choice and by rejecting sin’s reign in “our mortal bodies.” (Romans 6:12)

Stop serving up our mind, eyes, ears, mouths, feet, and hands to knowingly engage in evil behavior like idolatry, jealousy, pornography, gossip, and lying. Surrender our bodies fully and finally to God for obedient and sacrificial service that brings Him glory (Romans 12:1).

After his NFC championship game, NFL quarterback Brock Purdy said that when his team was down 24-7, his thought at halftime was, “Alright God, you’ve taken me here, win or lose I’m going to glorify You.” Purdy was “alive to God”.

No Christ follower, Brock Purdy included, lives sinlessly. But we can live victoriously by consciously allowing our identity to govern our daily activity.

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