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Today's Text

Romans 6:1-13 NASB

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master 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. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

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Introduction

(A) Christians sometimes give up fighting temptation because the just keep giving in (B) God's solution to the sin problem is death! -Ro. 6:6-8, 11 (C) Jesus' death on the cross provides a way for me to die to sin -Gal. 2:20

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Dominant Thought

When we die to ourselves and die with Christ we will have triumph over sin and become dead to sin and alive to Christ

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PT I

When We Die With Jesus We Are Saved from the PENALTY of Sin!

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(A)

In our baptism we are UNITED in Christ's death and He died almost 2000 years ago

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(A)

Romans 6:3-6 NASB

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

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(B)

So we are INNOCENT of any charges of sin against us

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(B)

Romans 8:1, Colossians 2:12-14 NASB

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

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(C)

As a result sin has no CONTROL over us

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(C)

Romans 6:7, Romans 6:14 NASB

for he who has died is freed from sin. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

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PT II

When We Die with Jesus We Are Saved from the POWER of Sin!

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(A)

I have the power to CHOOSE To be dead to sin

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(A)

Romans 6:11-12 NASB

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,

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(B)

My FLESH keeps trying to come back alive

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(B)

Romans 7:18-25 NASB

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

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(C)

I must BELIEVE that I am dead to sin just like I believe Christ died for sin

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(C)

Romans 6:1-2 NASB

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

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(D)

This is a DAILY choice

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(D)

Luke 9:23 NASB

And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

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(D1)

...CONVINCE your mind you died to a specific sin

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(D2)

...say NO quickly

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(D3)

...start your day with a PRAYER of being dead to sin

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(D3)

Colossians 3:2 NASB

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

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(E)

Replace the SINFUL thoughts with GOD thoughts

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(E)

Colossians 3:5-17 NASB

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him- a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

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(F)

Look for opportunities to PRACTICE righteousness

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(F)

Romans 6:13 NASB

and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

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(G)

Give God EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS to your body

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(G)

Romans 6:18, Romans 6:22-23, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB

and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

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