Date: July 17, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: "For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace." (Romans 6:14)
L - Listen for God's Word and pray: "Dear God, as I reflect on Romans 6:14, open my heart to receive Your Word. Help me to understand the depth of Your grace and how it sets me free from the power of sin. Guide me in applying this truth to my life. In Jesus' name, amen."
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The book of Romans was written by the apostle Paul. In this letter, Paul addresses various theological themes, including the concept of salvation, justification by faith, and the transforming power of God's grace. Today’s verse specifically highlights the freedom from sin's dominion that believers experience through the grace of God. This verse emphasizes a profound shift in our identity and relationship with sin. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are no longer under the dominion of sin as our master. Instead, we are under the reign of God's grace. The law, which highlighted our inability to achieve righteousness on our own, has been fulfilled by Christ's sacrifice. As a result, we are empowered to live in freedom, no longer held captive by sin's power.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
Sin shall no longer be your master: Highlights the transformative impact of God's grace, liberating believers from the control and authority of sin.
Not under the law, but under grace: Contrasts the old covenant under the law with the new covenant of grace in Christ, where salvation and righteousness are received through faith rather than by works.
S - Summarize and Share:
This verse is a game-changer! It's a reminder that when we belong to Jesus, sin doesn't call the shots in our lives anymore. We're no longer slaves to its power. Instead, we're living under the amazing grace of God.
Under the old system of the law, we were constantly reminded of our failures. It was like trying to win a race we could never finish. But Jesus came and changed the game. He brought grace into the picture, and now we can experience freedom like never before.
Being under grace means we're not defined by our past mistakes. We don't have to live in guilt and condemnation. Instead, we get to walk in the forgiveness and mercy of God. His grace empowers us to overcome sin, and it's a game-changer in our lives.
Let's embrace this truth and live like it's true. Sin has no power over us anymore. We can choose to walk in the freedom and grace that Jesus has given us. It's a daily decision to live in alignment with God's ways and let His grace guide us.
Let's remember that we're not on our own in this journey. God's grace is with us every step of the way. When we stumble, His grace picks us up. When we fall short, His grace covers us. It's an incredible gift that we don't deserve, but God freely gives it to us.
So, as we go about our day, let's be mindful of the grace we've received. Let's extend that same grace to others, forgiving them just as God has forgiven us. And let's keep reminding ourselves that we're no longer slaves to sin but recipients of God's amazing grace.
Bible Cross References
Galatians 5:1 - "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
John 8:36 - "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
2 Corinthians 3:17 - "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
Galatians 2:20 - "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."