Romans 6:12, 13 - WHATS CONTROLLING YOU?

Romans 6:12, 13 (NLT) Do not let sin control 
the way you live; do not give in to sinful 
desires  Instead, give yourselves completely to 
God, for you were dead, but now you have new 
life. So use your whole body as an instrument to 
do what is right for the glory of God. 


   Every day you are controlled by something.
   You may be controlled by your own ego or 
by the expectations of other people. You may be 
controlled by fear, guilt, resentment, or bitterness. 
You may be controlled by a substance or a habit. 
The bottom line is you are controlled by 
something every day. 
   Freedom comes when you choose whats 
going to control you. When you choose Jesus Christ 
to be in control of your life, when you are 
mastered by the Master, you can master everything 
else. If God is not number one in your life, 
something else is, and itll control you to a 
negative degree. When Christ is in control of your 
life, he always moves you in the right direction. 
   Romans 6:12-13 says, Do not let sin 
control the way you live; do not give in to sinful 
desires  Instead, give yourselves completely to 
God, for you were dead, but now you have new 
life. So use your whole body as an instrument to 
do what is right for the glory of God 
   Giving control over to Christ is a 
choice. Here are some steps to help you do this: 
      	Admit that youve been trying to 
play God. 
      	Admit that you cant change on 
your own. 
      	Humbly ask God to help you change.
      	Be honest with someone else about 
the things that need to change in 
        your life.
      	Give Jesus Christ total ownership 
of your life. 
   Do you really want to change? Are you 
willing to do these things? You say, Im so 
tired of trying and failing. Stop trying. 
Instead, start trusting. God gives you the option to 
either depend on him or depend on yourself. The 
result is either freedom or frustration. 
   Why not give it all to Christ? What do 
you have to lose? [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


How Do We Put Off The Old Life And Put On 
The New Life? 
   When people become believers in Christ, 
they are joined to Jesus Christ and begin to 
share in his experience and benefits, including 
his death and resurrection. Their old life dies 
with Christ, and they rise to new life by his 
power within them (Romans 6:3-14).  
   This is all the work of God, who 
transforms them by his Spirit. Their minds are renewed, 
their desires and actions change, and their lives 
begin to reflect the fruit of his Spirit (Romans 
12:2; Galatians 5:22-23). They become different 
people, gradually growing into the likeness of 
   Believers are also responsible for living 
out Christ's death and resurrection (see 
Philippians 3:10-14). They are to turn away from their 
old life that was full of darkness and embrace a 
new life full of light (Ephesians 4:17-5:20). 
Using the imagery of clothing, Paul calls 
believers to "throw off" the old, sinful life driven 
by the devil and to "put on" a new, pure life 
directed by the Holy Spirit. As they do so, they 
recognize their reliance on Gods grace and power.  
   Believers must actively turn from their 
old lives to live in a new way that pleases God. 
It is God's gracious working in their hearts 
that gives them the desire and power to do so 
(Philippians 2:13). [One Year NLT SB] 

Freedom does not mean I am able to do 
whatever I want to do. That's the worst kind of 
bondage. Freedom means I have been set free to become 
all that God wants me to be, to achieve all that 
God wants me to achieve, to enjoy all that God 
wants me to enjoy. Warren W. Wiersbe (b. 1929) 
[Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re Rom. 6:18] 

One day, the sin that still dwells in our 
unredeemed bodies will be eradicated. Until then, we 
are to draw on the power of the Spirit to put to 
death the sin that still wants to express itself, 
and obey God for His glory. [Life Principles SB 
By Charles Stanley] 


Gangster Mickey Cohen said he felt betrayed 
when he explored Christianity. No one had 
explained that God would require a change in his 
behavior. "Christian football players, Christian 
cowboys, Christian politicians; why not a Christian 
gangster?" he reasoned. When we accept Jesus as our 
Savior, obviously some things have to change. We 
give everything to God, and he makes us new. He 
gives plenty back to us - much in our lives is not 
contrary to his will - but we are no longer free to 
continue living as we did before. We are to consider 
ourselves dead to the old way of life and alive to 
God. As we live out that belief, our lives begin 
to be genuinely transformed. [NIV Once A Day 
Bible re Romans 6:1-14] 


We must inevitably be under the control of 
the one or the other of the two great powers 
that are contending for the supremacy of the 
world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to 
choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in 
order to come under its dominion. We have only to 
neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. 
If we do not co-operate with the heavenly 
agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and 
will make it his abiding place. The only defense 
against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the 
heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless 
we become vitally connected with God, we can 
never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, 
self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many 
bad habits, for the time we may part company 
with Satan; but without a vital connection with 
God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him 
moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a 
personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual 
communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall 
do his bidding in the end. DA324 

Every soul that refuses to give himself to 
God is under the control of another power. He is 
not his own. He may talk of freedom, but he is 
in the most abject slavery. He is not allowed 
to see the beauty of truth, for his mind is 
under the control of Satan. While he flatters 
himself that he is following the dictates of his own 
judgment, he obeys the will of the prince of darkness. 


Romans 6:12, 13: Being A Christian Is A 
Matter Of Life Or Death; part 1:  


Romans 6:12, 13: Being A Christian Is A 
Matter Of Life Or Death; part 2:  


Romans 6:12, 13: Being A Christian Is A 
Matter Of Life Or Death; part 3:  


Romans 6:12, 13: Being A Christian Is A 
Matter Of Life Or Death; part 4:  



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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