You Can't Kill Me If I Am Already Dead

Romans 6:1-23 TPT
The Triumph of Grace over Sin

I am going to go through this passage of scripture verse by verse. There are other scriptures and thoughts in between the verses in this chapter.

Verse1-3. So what do we do, then? Do we persist in sin so that Godís kindness and grace will increase? 2 What a terrible thought! We have died to sin once and for all, as a dead man passes away from this life. So how could we live under sinís rule a moment longer? 3 Or have you forgotten that all of us who were immersed into union with Jesus, the Anointed One, were immersed into union with his death?

Jesus paid for us to have new life in him. If we are walking in that old life, and old ways...but expecting to reap the benefits of our new life in like thinking a person who has died can continue on with life. When we accept Jesus and his sacrifice we become dead to this world and alive in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 2-19-20 TPT
19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 My old identity has been co-crucified with Christ and no longer lives. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through meówe live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, dispensing his life into mine!

We need to be dead to this world and it's temptations. Only if we remain dead to our old life...will we be able to enjoy the new life.

Verse 4&5. Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we were co-buried with him, so that when the Fatherís glory raised Christ from the dead, we were also raised with him. We have been co-resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life. 5 For since we are permanently grafted into him to experience a death like his, then we are permanently grafted into him to experience a resurrection like his and the new life that it imparts.

Giving ourselves over to God...studying the word...spending time in prayer...and spending time in His presence through praise and worship and also quiet meditation...that is how we gain the strength to resist the devil and his plan to draw us back into our old ways.

Verse 6. Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sinís power.

Jesus took away sin's power over us. But we must walk in that...and stand strong...because Satan will do whatever he can to detour us from living the life that Jesus paid for.

1 Peter 5:8-9
8 Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour.

If he is looking for who he can devour...that means he can't just devour or destroy anyone he pleases. But it does say that he can devour you...if you let him.
We have to do what the next verse says...

9 Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith. For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure.

John 8:44b Speaking of Satan
Heís been a murderer right from the start! He never stood with the truth, for heís full of nothing but liesólying is his native tongue. He is a master of deception and the father of lies!

Verse 7 & 8. Obviously, a dead person is incapable of sinning. 8 And if we were co-crucified with the Anointed One, we know that we will also share in the fullness of his life.

We need to keep this in mind when the devil comes to tempt us. If I am dead to sin...then I will reap the rewards of new life and not walk in fear of what the devil will do to me. As long as we are living our lives according to scripture...he can't touch us.

This is not saying that every person that has been attacked by some kind of sickness, or disease was walking in sin. Jesus was attacked and we know that he never sinned

Satan will attack whoever he decides...but if that happens...we do need to check ourselves and repent of whatever sin may be in our life that we might not be aware of and then confess scriptures for whatever we are being attacked with and believe God for deliverance.

All attacks come because Satan comes to steal the word. Mark 4 explains that clearly. He could care less about you...he wants to steal the Word from are simply a casualty of war. If we have no Word in us...we are open prey to his devices. We have no defence against him.

Philippians 3:14-16
14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. 15 So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. 16 And let us all advance together to reach this victory-prize, following one path with one passion.

Be passionate about the Word and it will protect you. The more you read the Word, study it and ask for revelation...the more you are protecting yourself.

Verses 9-11. And we know that since the Anointed One has been raised from the dead to die no more, his resurrection life has vanquished death and its power over him is finished. 10 For by his sacrifice he died to sinís power once and for all, but he now lives continuously for the Fatherís pleasure. 11 So let it be the same way with you! Since you are now joined with him, you must continually view yourselves as dead and unresponsive to sinís appeal while living daily for Godís pleasure in union with Jesus, the Anointed One.

We have this power...through Jesus stand against whatever Satan throws at us. Jesus destroyed death and it's power over him...and he wants us to walk in that truth and live as he did...pleasing the Father.

Sinís Reign Is Over
Verses 12-14. Sin is a dethroned monarch; so you must no longer give it an opportunity to rule over your life, controlling how you live and compelling you to obey its desires and cravings. 13 So then, refuse to answer its call to surrender your body as a tool for wickedness. Instead, passionately answer Godís call to keep yielding your body to him as one who has now experienced resurrection life! You live now for his pleasure, ready to be used for his noble purpose. 14 Remember this: sin will not conquer you, for God already has! You are not governed by law but governed by the reign of the grace of God.

We cannot let sin reign in our any capacity. Even the smallest sin will open the door. Remember all sin, no matter how great as sin or how God's eyes it is all the same. So if you think that gossiping or complaining is not really bad enough to get over into the devil's territory...think again.

The devil will tempt you will all manner of evil...Satan will try to tell you that the Word of God doesn't work. But we know that he is a liar and the Father of lies. Don't believe anything contrary to the Word of God. But in order to do that...we need to know the Word. It is our defense against the evil's of this world. And quick repentance will bring up back to where we should be.

1 John 1:9
9 But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Grace Frees Us to Serve God
Verses 15-16. What are we to do, then? Should we sin to our heartsí content since thereís no law to condemn us anymore? What a terrible thought! 16 Donít you realize that grace frees you to choose your own master? But choose carefully, for you surrender yourself to become a servantóbound to the one you choose to obey. If you choose to love sin, it will become your master, and it will own you and reward you with death. But if you choose to love and obey God, he will lead you into perfect righteousness.

We need to "Choose Wisely" and the only wise choice is God's Word. Never side with the devil and his matter how he tries to convince you that "It wasn't really were justified to respond that way...or any such lie he would try to feed you.

Verses 17 & 18 And thanks be to God, for in the past you were servants of sin, but now your obedience is heart deep, and your life is being molded by truth through the teaching you are devoted to. 18 And now you celebrate your freedom from your former masterósin. Youíve left its bondage, and now Godís perfect righteousness holds power over you as his loving servants.

Don't live in bondage to matter how "Small" the sin may's still sin and will be the seed to have something bigger grow. Sometimes things happen...and we start to dwell on it...and the more you think about it...the bigger it gets and we start to "Imagine" things that actually are not true.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
For although we live in the natural realm, we donít wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. 5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 6 Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.

King James Version
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

The devil will present you with an idea...thought or imagination...if we dwell on will become a stronghold. We need to stop it in the first stage. Recognize it for what it is...and get rid of it. How do we recognize it? If it is contrary to what God's Word it not God. But in order to be able to do that...we need to know God's Word.

Verses 19&20. Iíve used the familiar terms of a ďservantĒ and a ďmasterĒ to compensate for your weakness to understand. For just as you surrendered your bodies and souls to impurity and lawlessness, which only brought more lawlessness into your lives, so now surrender yourselves as servants of righteousness, which brings you deeper into true holiness. 20 For when you were bound as servants to sin, you lived your lives free from any obligation to righteousness.

Choose whether you want to be bound to sin or bound to righteousness.

Verses 21-23. So tell me, what benefit ensued from doing those things that youíre now ashamed of? It left you with nothing but a legacy of shame and death. 22 But now, as Godís loving servants, you live in joyous freedom from the power of sin. So consider the benefits you now enjoyóyou are brought deeper into the experience of true holiness that ends with eternal life! 23 For sinís meager wages is death, but Godís lavish gift is life eternal, found in your union with our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.

I want to live in the joyous freedom from the power of sin. Weigh the consequences of sin. Is any time that you have strayed from the Word of God worth any moment of false satisfaction...that can lead to death? Yes this life is a struggle sometimes...but God is always there to turn to. Keep short accounts with God. If you sin, repent and get back in right standing with Him. Don't beat yourself over the head with it. Don't wallow in self pity because you "Failed". Everyone fails...but it is how you handle failure that counts.

1 Corinthians 15:54-56
54 And when that which is mortal puts on immortality, and what now decays is exchanged for what will never decay, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says: Death is swallowed up by a triumphant victory! 55 So death, tell me, where is your victory? Tell me death, where is your sting? 56 It is sin that gives death its sting and the law that gives sin its power.

John 14:23
The Passion Translation
"Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place."

It's always a good day to die to self. Never turn down an opportunity to self or sin. To reject an opportunity to die is to reject and opportunity for a miracle. We have to die to self to live for Christ. It is a relational journey of trust

If a fruit tree remains connected to will bear fruit. If you cut off the life will quickly stop bearing fruit and will eventually die.
Abiding in a relationship to God causes answers to prayer.
We will bear fruit. If we stop abiding...we stop being a disciple.
If you say no to what you want to gives God the ability to do what he wants to do in you.

The beauty of choosing to represent the dying to what you would naturally do, He will step in and handle whatever you need for you.

When I struggle to make things happen in my life...when I try to take God's place and say...I can handle becomes difficult to discern what He brought into my life and what I brought in, and it becomes blurry to see when He is directing and I am directing my life. And that is a bad and dangerous place to be. You begin to get over confident and boastful. Your conversation will be all about what "I" did and not what God did. When I hear someone always talking about what they did and not what God did...warning signs start flashing. Without God's Grace...all of us would be doomed. So never take credit for what God has done in your life. It needs to be total dependence on bring things to pass as they should be. Sometimes it may look like we are having victory...but if it is not based on the Word of God it will fall.

We need to live the Resurrection Life so the enemy can't attack us. As soon as we start to compromise or fall back into our old ways...we open ourselves up for the enemy to attack. Remain Dead to Sin and he will have no power over you. Remember...he can't hurt you if you are sin.

If things aren't working out the way you expected...check your "Dead to Sin" statis. Eliminate gossip, complaining, anger, un-forgiveness, bitterness, offence, resentment and so on...from your life because they are sin and God can't protect us if we are operating in the realm of sin. It opens the door to sickness and disease and death. Be diligent to not allow these things in your life...and if you do fall into the "Sin Trap" repent immediately. Give no place to sin!

The devil has a goal.
John 10:10
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

If he can distract you long enough that he can pull you away from the Word of God and enter back into the world of "Death by Sin" that is his mission. I am not talking about physical death...that will happen to us all...but I am talking about something far worse...Spiritual death. He wants to rob you of your salvation. And yes this can has happened before.

Jesus has a goal as well.
John 10:10 But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expectólife in its fullness until you overflow!

You Choose...and choose wisely. Stay dead to sin...And live and walk in the abundant Resurrection Life

Filled With The Fullness Of God

The Holy Spirit