Rick and I were able to go attend the Wednesday morning Bible study this week and I am hoping we will be able to attend each week during Lent. The scripture lesson was well suited for Lent.
Romans 6:10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
We often do not see ourselves as sinners because we are ‘good’ people and we aren’t hurting anyone. Eve never thought about her action as evil. She did ‘what was right in her own eyes’. She did as one famous singer…”I did it my way”! It never occurred to her that her disobedience to God’s command would condemn the whole future of mankind to a battle that the majority cannot win. Carnality/sin is nothing more than ‘doing it my way’.
Doing what is right in the sight of the Lord…
2 Kings 22:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
Solomon started out pretty good, but then he began to ‘look around’, pleasing himself and doing exactly what God specifically told him not to do.
1 Kings 11:1 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, 2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. 4 For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
Conforming to the Word of God should be our focus. If you are in a choir, you do what the director says. If you don’t, the sound will not be right. If in corporate worship, you sing the hymn to suit yourself, you mar the worship of those around you. If you participate in the Lord’s Prayer and double time it, you lose the power of unity. We cannot do what we want the way we want whenever however. We are a body as believers. Our hand does not say, ‘I want to go this way’ and just take off doing it’s own thing, it can’t, it should be attached and working with the body. I see this daily in Rick’s situation. The stroke he had in 2014, and the surgery plus complications in 2015, took his bodies ability to function in unity with his members. If our spirit man, the eternal soul God has given each of us is not pliant, malleable and functioning in submission to God’s Word, and working within the body in which we have been placed, we have a problem…
We are either slaves to sin and serve ourselves or we are slaves to God and obedient to His will. One is death and destruction, the other is life and health…guess which is which!