Paul writes in Romans 6:6-7:
“We know that our old self was crucified with [Jesus] in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.”
Crucifixion is a slow painful death. My old self was crucified, not euthanized. Why then am I surprised when my sinful nature rears it’s head. Why am I surprised when overcoming my addiction becomes painful and a struggle. Why do I let it frustrate, discourage and anger me when it does? Even Jesus told us things we be difficult but we can find peace in him.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I need not let my addiction and setbacks take away my peace. It takes time and I should show myself grace. God does. Who am I not to?
I am free from sin because I was crucified with Christ. My sinful nature will try to take over again but it won’t and can’t because I am free from it. I am no longer a slave to it.
“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.” Romans 6:6-7
“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11
“And, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” Romans 6:18
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”Galatians 5:1
My sinful nature will only take over if I allow it to, if I submit to it. I am a slave of righteousness. If I remain that way I will not leave room for my sinful nature. If I do stumble it is just that a stumble. I am not yet fully what I am to become. People screw up. The rub lies in remaining a slave to righteousness. This world has many distractions.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14