Are you tired of holding your breath, hoping your choices won’t catch up with you – or fearing someone will find out about your messed up life?
When everything feels as if it’s coming apart, do you find yourself wondering, “Why did I let it go this far?”
Sometimes we’re able to change course in time to avoid being found out or experiencing dire consequences. Other times, we don’t change course quickly enough. Our sin causes too much damage, and we can’t hide anymore. We often say, “Better late than never.” What happens if time runs out before “late” arrives? What if “never” comes first?
How often must we experience the devastating effects of our sins, both to ourselves and to others, because we “never” got the chance to make amends because we were too “late”? How often must we repeat our sinful behavior before we’ve finally had enough? Or before those we share life with have had enough?
Romans 6:6 (ESV) offers lots of hope.
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
If we pray and ask God to help us fully understand the meaning of this verse, our lives will be changed.
Jesus’ death and resurrection not only paid the penalty for our sins, they freed us from sin’s control. Because we are no longer slaves to sin, we don’t have to live holding our breath, hoping our choices won’t catch up with us.
If you meditate on Romans 6 every day this week, you’ll find yourself believing its liberating message more and more. Even if you spend just a little time each day meditating on this and other verses, you’ll reap marvelous benefits.
I’m not implying there’s some kind of instant deliverance involved when we meditate on Bible verses. Personal experience, however, has taught me that we can experience victory over sin – even sin that seems to cling to us – when we continually surrender our will to the One Who surrendered His life for us.
The alternative is to arrive at a moment of choice, then decide we’re going to hold our breath for the next week, month, year or for the rest of our lives, hoping the damage won’t be too great or we won’t be found out.
Is this really the way we want to live our Christian walk?
What about you?
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- Are you ready to stop holding your breath because of the choices you’ve made?
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