Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

Who's Our Master?

Today's Life Journal Bible reading1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles 9; Romans 6

"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires...sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace."
Romans 6:12, 14

We give sin authority in our lives through yielding to temptation. We would prefer not to think of sin as our master or our boss, but that is our condition if we yield to temptation and repetitive sin. When followers of Jesus live under the mastery of sin, they are divided in their loyalties and become double-minded. Jesus has set us free from the power of sin and the enemy of our souls knows that...but do we know it?
Do we know our authority in Christ and our capacity to resist temptation in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit?
If sin has become our master, we must stand up today and once again declare our allegiance to Jesus. We must give a report of all wickedness and sin, renouncing their authority over us, and declare that Jesus is our Master. We must once again offer the parts of our body to God to use as instruments of righteousness and our bodies as temples of his Spirit, for his glory.
Who is your master?

"Lord Jesus, you are my Master, my Lord, my Savior, and my Redeemer. My life comes from you and all I have is yours."