Galatians 2:20 (ESV): I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 Corinthians 15:31 (ESV): I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day.
We learned last week that sin originates in us. We have the desires for sin and when that desire is fully developed it brings about sin and death. So what should we do? First, we must believe the Gospel. Before becoming a Christian the fight against sin is futile. As unbelievers, we are in bondage to sin and death. We are by nature children of wrath. So, to fight sin as an unbeliever is to try to earn God’s favor which will never happen because we have fallen so short.
After that we must fight sin every day. John Owen once said, “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.” Why is that the case? The Christian begins to hate his/her sin. He hates that his sin is why Jesus had to die on the cross. He hates that it is against his God. He hates everything about it. But before the Christian can develop this hate towards sin, he must have more of God.
Psalm 34:8 (ESV): Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
We need new spiritual taste buds. We need to love God more and more and that happens when we know the Word. We begin to hate sin and love God when we spend more time reading, studying, memorizing, meditating, and praying the Word of God. Paul wrote that he died with Christ and the life he lived by faith in Jesus who loved him and gave Himself up for Him. He also said he died daily! Everyday, we need to read the Word and die to our fleshly desires. “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.”
Do you die daily?
What sins have you been feeding behind closed doors that you need to cut off?
What can you do to know the Bible more?
How can you use the Bible to fight your sin?
Memorize: Memorize verses as a family that will help you combat sin together.
Pray: God would change your spiritual taste buds.
Activity: Place reminders around your home for your family to see and help remember that they are in a spiritual war.
Parents: Interested in learning more about spiritual warfare? We recommend reading "Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis.
A Family Devotion Guide similar to this one will be provided on our website under Fellowship Church Resources and social media every Friday for you to use at home. Then, visit our Facebook page, Friday night's at 6:00pm, to hear Pastor Armando Yzaguirre Jr. chat about this devotional.