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OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SATURDAY 13TH JUNE 2020: POWER OVER SIN

THEME: POWER OVER SIN (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 26:28

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 
BIBLE READING: GALATIANS 3:20-26


20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.

21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 

22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, [a]kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

24 Therefore the law was our [b]tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus



#MESSAGE





Many Christians think the law (the Old Testament) is no longer of any effect and thus behave carelessly, claiming that, because they are born again, grace covers all their sins. Paul clarifies this in the following Scripture:

“But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law l was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:23-26”

The old covenant protected the people against temporal death, poverty, all forms of suffering and bondage but the new delivers eternally (Matthew 1:21 ;Matthew 26:28).

Your ability to overcome sin is proof that you are a child of God. John the Beloved corroborated this when he said in 1 John 3:9 that whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. Are we really children of God?

If we still wallow in sin, we remain in the old dispensation and the letter of the law will punish us here and in the afterlife. The superiority of the new covenant over the old however is that, while the latter puts constraints to prevent sin, the new gives power over it.

Romans 6:14 says: For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. We therefore have the assurance that grace will work for us.

Romans 6:1 however cautions that we cannot remain in sin, expecting grace to abound. Rather, grace empowers us to conquer sin. You do not have any excuse to abide in sin.

KEY POINT

Tap into the power of the new covenant to overcome sin.


HYMNAL

WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD

1. When we walk with the Lord

In the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our way,

While we do His good will,

He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.




CHORUS

Trust and obey,

For there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus,

But to trust and obey.




2. Not a shadow can rise,

Not a cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it away,

Not a doubt or a fear,

Not a sigh or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and obey.




3. Not a burden we bear,

Not a sorrow we share,

But our toil He doth richly repay,

Not a grief nor a loss,

Not a frown nor a cross,

But is blest if we trust and obey.




4. But we never can prove

The delights of His love,

Until all on the altar we lay,

For the favour He shows,

And the joy He bestows,

Are for them who will trust and obey.




5. Then in fellowship sweet

We will sit at His feet,

Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,

What He says we will do,

Where He sends, we will go,

Never fear, only trust and obey.




***BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: 2 CHRONICLES 6:1-42 , 2 CHRONICLES 7:1-22, PSALMS 136:1-26

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