“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.”
Today’s verse encourages us to put our sinful nature to death and live. Not only live but have life in its fullness and live for all that God has for you! Yet why do we stumble and why do we sin? The truth is, is that in and of ourselves we can do nothing. When we try and defeat the enemy in our strength we fail. When we try to fight against the lures of sin in our strength we fail. All victory comes only from the finished work of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit in us.
Notice what it says in verse 13, “but if through the power of the Spirit…”. It doesn’t say you should try to defeat sin and temptation in your own strength. It says it is by and through the power of the SPIRIT in us. Yes that same POWER that raised Jesus from the dead, the POWER that lives in you, is the POWER by which sin is defeated in your life. Not only is it defeated its put to death… The outcome….LIFE.
We do not have to live by our sinful natures urges and dictates. We have victory. We are on the winning side. We don’t have to give in. All we must do is lean on the POWER of the SPIRIT in us and walk in His victory and liberty. Simples….