You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master. - Genesis 4:7
"Master of sin" is not a title I would have ever thought I would strive for or desire to have in my life. Manager, Vice-President, President, maybe one day Owner, these all seem so much more worthy and appealing.
More than ever, I am aware that on my journey to becoming one with Christ, I must subdue sin and master it.
Even though sin has been defeated, my sinful nature remains. Before I focus on my role as a husband and father, I must become someone that understands sin and its implications - the cause of sin - and recognizes where sin lurks, waiting patiently to control me and bring pain and suffering into my life.
If I can't master sin, then sin will master me, the LORD says. I've been down that road before. I recognize that all to well and the havoc it causes in my pursuit of living and leading with purpose.
I know that I cannot hope to be a strong husband for my wife - a man that leads her and cherishes her when I allow sin to have a foothold in my life.
I know that my children need me to be a father they can count on for protection and guidance. When I fail to master sin, I fail them and I put my selfish desires ahead of their development and growth.
Every relationship, dream, and plan I have will fail if I do not become a master of sin. I alone do not have the power to do this. Left on my own, I am powerless. Thankfully God does not leave me alone or powerless. He has equipped me with:
- The Power of Christ: I must remember that a decisive blow was dealt to sin and death when Christ died on the cross. Because of this I am able to have victory over sin and death in my life. (I Corinthians 15:57)
- The Power of The Spirit: The presence of the Holy Spirit in my life allows me to live in the Spirit and not the sinful nature. I am able to have a transformed mind and heart that help me produce the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-17)
- The Power of God's Word: God's Word is a guide for me to live my life, make decisions, and teach me when I struggle through experiences that might cause me to give into my sinful nature. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- The Power of Fellowship: Authentic and transparent fellowship allows others to confront me, lead me back to the LORD when I wander, and provides a safe place for me to confess my sins - rendering them powerless over me. (James 5:19-20)
- The Power of Prayer: Prayer is my opportunity to pour out my heart to the LORD and ask for his help in my fight against sin. He alone has the power to help me master my sinful nature. (Psalm 141:3-4)
Jesus, thank you for conquering sin and death. Help me to rely on you as I fight my sinful nature each day. Holy Spirit, give me the courage to confront the areas of my life that are infected by sin. Father, open my eyes to what is right, help me to lean not on my own power and understanding. Give me the strength to subdue and master sin. Amen
Questions To Consider
- Is there an area of your life where sin is the master and you are the slave?
- How have you been able to master sin and live life in the Spirit?
Make it a great day!