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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Romans 6:1-13 Monday - Shall we then live in sin? God forbid! What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein (Romans 6:1-2 KJV)? This chapter should be fully digested, maybe even memorized by all Christians. It helps us in the battle against sinful lust and addictions.  It reminds us that even as we are free in Christ, forgiven in Christ, treated  just as if we had not sinned because of Christ's death in our place, we are under obligation to stop sinning. Paul asks, should we continue in sin so that grace may abound?  Should we go on sinning so that God's grace may be even more abundantly needed and illustrated in our lives?  His answer? Certainly not!  Don't you realize you died to sin when you were baptized?   “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3). Have you died to sin?  Have I died to sin? Paul’s question is important for us today: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Tuesday - Buried and raised with Christ. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection (Romans 6:3-5 KJV). You were baptized! Don't you know that your baptism represented dying the death to sin Jesus died in your place? When we were baptized, we were buried together with Him.  Baptism represents dying to sin, burying the old man of sin, and rising to walk in newness of life! Paul wrote: “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death. . . .”  When tempted to sin, stop and remember.  Imagine yourself dying with Christ there on that cross on Mount Calvary.  Realize you were united with Him in that death.  No wonder Paul answered his question with such vigor! Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?  Certainly not!  And the good news for us all is that “if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” God wants you to walk in the newness of new life, filled with His Spirit and living for righteousness and holiness! Wednesday  - Slaves no longer.  He who has died has been freed from sin. [K]nowing this, that 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. For he who has died has been freed from sin (Romans 6:6-7). We are slaves, either of Satan and sin or of God and righteousness. In the previous verses of Romans 6, Paul explains that baptism symbolized dying to sin and rising, or being resurrected to a new life. Now in Romans 6:6 Paul exclaims, "Our old man was crucified with [Jesus]."  Why? So "that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin" (KJV). What a blessing!  We need to hold this in front of us every moment of every day, we are dead to sin!  We are freed from Satan’s slavery.  When we died to sin we received our freedom!  You can prop a corpse up in a chair and parade his or her most alluring temptation by in tantalizingly slow motion and the corpse has no response. Why?  A dead body has no more response.  That is where God is taking us in our Christian walk.  God wants us to die to sin, to no longer, from our hearts, have any response to sin. And that is good news!  “For he who has died has been freed from sin.”  No longer slaves to lust and sinful passion we can walk away free today! Thursday  - If we died with Him, we believe we shall also live with Him. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:8-11). More good news.  When we were baptized, we died with Christ.  We died to the old ways of sin (previous verses), but we live the new life with Christ.  Like Christ we died to sin once for all and now we live for God. Verses 9,10 Notice the key words in these verses:  Believe and reckon.  Reckon is an accounting term that means to take an inventory of (See Strongs G3049). “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. . . .” (Verse 8).  “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:11).  Want to be dead to sin and alive to God?  Believe it is so!  Give up your life of sin, believe you died to sin with Christ there on the cross.  Believe Christ now lives in you.  Believe the life you now live is a new life, lived as Christ lives in you. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). God wants to change us from the inside out. God wants to make us dead to sin and alive to to Him in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Today you can be free from the old ways of sin.  Today, as you surrender, as you believe, you can die to sin and your life can now be lived hand in hand with Christ. Friday/Weekend - While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God (Romans 6:12-13). Every day we have choices to make.  We can either feed the carnal, evil desires inside us, or we can feed the the godly.  Whichever we feed and nurture, that will be the one which grows and flourishes in our lives.  The one we feed and nurture will determine which sits on the thrones of our lives. Today’s devotional text speaks to this issue. Don’t let sin reign in your mortal body.  Don’t yield or present your members as instruments of evil, rather present yourselves as instruments of righteousness to God. When we devote every part of our body, every talent, skill, strength, even our weaknesses to God, He will bring peace, joy, and holiness into our lives and the evil lusts and passions which so plague us will gradually fade into the background.  As this happens moment by moment, day by day, “you will have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).  So. . . what are we waiting for?  Let’s do it! . 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