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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Learning To Let God Take Control

In review of Romans 6:12-13 it says, “12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”

Bottom Line:
Don’t let sin and the desires it creates control any part of your body. Instead give yourself to God and use your life to do what is right, bringing glory for God.

What this means to me:
I am to not let sin control the way I live. I should not give in to its sinful desires. I should not allow any part of my body to become an instrument that serves sin, instead I should devote myself to God. He has taken me from death to life, so I should use my body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.

Every day I’m being controlled by something. It may be by my ego or by the expectations of others. I can even be controlled by fear, guilt, resentment or bitterness. I may even be controlled by a habit.

Freedom comes when I choose what’s going to control me. When I choose Jesus Christ to be in control, mastered by the Master, I can master everything else. If God is not number one in my life, then something else is, and can control me to a negative degree. When I allow Christ to be in control of my life, he will always move me in the right direction.

Romans 6:12-13 says, “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires …. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God” (NLT, second edition).

Here are some steps I’ve come across that will help me in this choice to let Christ have control:

Admit that I’ve been trying to play God.
Admit that I can’t change on my own.
Humbly ask God to help me change.
Be honest with someone else about the things that need to change in my life.
Give Jesus Christ total ownership of my life.

The key is to stop trying and instead to start trusting. God gives me the option to either depend on him or depend on myself. The end result is either freedom or frustration.

In summary, I shouldn’t let sin and the desires it creates control any part of my body. Instead I am to give myself to God and then use my life to do what is right, ultimately bringing glory to God. Today I can either take matters into my own hands or let you control them. I can’t have both. Your word and my experience with you tells me you can always be trusted, so why do I still try to control my life. God you give me the option to either depend on you or depend on myself. Things go so much better when I let you run things. I believe the key will be to stop trying and instead start practicing trust. Today I give it all to you.

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