May 13, 2021

Bob Maas
“‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything—but I will not be mastered by anything.’”
1 Corinthians 6:12
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”
Romans 6:1-2

One of the benefits of becoming a believer in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is experiencing God’s grace. All of our sins are forgiven and we enter into a relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. Because of His mercy, we are liberated from the darkness in which we once lived. If we understand what happened to us, there will be a new desire in us to live for and please our Lord and Savior. The good news is that it’s not about being perfect; it’s about making progress. When we decide to follow Jesus, we bring along a lot of baggage from our former way of living. The effects of our old life still exist in our memory as hurts, habits, and hangups that have conditioned us to believe in lies and falsehoods. It is only by walking in the light of God’s word and in fellowship with other believers that we can deactivate the power these deceptive and crafty strongholds have over us. As we practice obedience to Christ’s commands, He reveals more of Himself to us and helps us abandon the baggage that we once treasured.