Complete and Effective Decision About Sin

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Complete and Effective Decision

About Sin

Oswald Chambers

our old man was crucified with Him,‭ ‬that the body of sin might be done away with,‭ ‬that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  ROMANS‭ ‬6:6
Co-Crucifixion. Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you‭? ‬It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin.‭ ‬It is,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you‭– ‬not simply be restrained,‭ ‬suppressed,‭ ‬or counteracted,‭ ‬but crucified‭— ‬just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world.‭
No one can bring anyone else to this decision.‭ ‬We may be mentally and spiritually convinced,‭ ‬but what we need to do is actually make the decision that Paul urged us to do in this passage.
Pull yourself up,‭ ‬take some time alone with God,‭ ‬and make this important decision,‭ ‬saying,‭ “‬Lord,‭ ‬identify me with Your death until I know that sin is dead in me.‭” ‬Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death.
This was not some divine future expectation on the part of Paul,‭ ‬but was a very radical and definite experience in his life.‭ ‬Are you prepared to let the Spirit of God search you until you know what the level and nature of sin is in your life‭— ‬to see the very things that struggle against God’s Spirit in you‭? ‬If so,‭ ‬will you then agree with God’s verdict on the nature of sin‭— ‬that it should be identified with the death of Jesus‭?
You cannot‭ “‬reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin‭” (‬Romans‭ ‬6:11‭) ‬unless you have radically dealt with the issue of your will before God.
Have you entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ,‭ ‬until all that remains in your flesh and blood is His life‭? “‬I have been crucified with Christ‭; ‬it is no longer I who live,‭ ‬but Christ lives in me‭…” (‬Galatians‭ ‬2:20‭)‬. 

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