Summary: As believers we need to know & understand that we are not to be slaves of this world but rather slaves to God.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life (SOMEBODY SAY NEW LIFE). So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
I want to use for a topic today,
Who’s Yo’ Master?
Now, when I say that, I'm sure some of us that grew up in or were around in the 80's think of the classic line from the movie The last Dragon, in which Bruce Leroy’s enemy sho nuff, in an effort to prove he was the HNIC in the hood repeatedly asks Leroy the question, "Who's yo master". In other words, who’s running the show, who’s in control, who’s the greatest, who do you bow down & submit to.
And so on today beloved I want you to think of the life in which you are living day in & day out, consider the things in which you serve, the things that are most important to you, the decisions you make & ask yourself the question, Who's Yo’ Master".
In our text this morning the Apostle Paul reminds us that you are either serving sin or you're serving God & whichever of the two you choose to serve that is your master.
Paul reminds us here that when we we’re in the world, in the year 1900 & 97 BC, 1900 & 88 BC 2000 & 15 BC (Before you met Christ). You were a slave to sin.
In other words sin controlled your life.
Oh you can sit there & act all holy if you want to but trust me BooBoo you ain’t fooling nobody because every saint has a past.
for the bible teaches that all have sinned & come short of God’s glory.
So before you met Christ, before something got a hold of you, before you went down in the cooling water to be baptized you were a slave to a life of sin.
Truth be told satan made a fool out of each & everyone one of us back when we were in the world. Back when we were in love with the things of the world, the fast cars & money, drugs & alcohol. You were so in love with a life of sin.
Don’t trip, We’ve all been a fool in love.
Rather you were in love with Ray-Ray or Shanay-nay.
Rather you were in love with mad dog 20/20 or them dime bags on the corner, 2 for 20. You were a fool in love.
We’ve all been a fool for love.
The sins of the world & the lust of the flesh controlled you & told you what to do, when to doit , how to do it, how much of it to do & who to do it with with. SIN CONTROLLED YOU.
You were it’s servant.
Ah but I thank God today for salvation, thank God for deliverance.
Somebody in here ought to bless God for His Saving Grace.
And so Paul tells us here in V12
12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires.
See sin controlled the old me, sin controlled the old you. sin was yo’ master. But that’s why when I baptize I tell you it’s new day for you, it’s your spiritual birthday. We bury the old you & a new you emerges out of the water.
Paul says here DO NOT LET SIN……. See, when you gave your life to Christ, you took control back over your destiny. So now you have a choice as to wether or not you give in to the temptation of sin.
Understand Beloved that before Christ you were as good as dead, you had a death sentence, you were a dead man walking.
How you figure that Pastor D, because the wages of sin is DEATH!!!!!