Luke 6:45 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” We give lip service to the greatness of God – and how much He loves us and cares for us – but when the rubber meets the road, what we speak from the abundance of our hearts reveals what we really believe! What do you believe?
Romans 5:17 reads, For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.” Do we really believe that the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness is greater than sin? One version of this verse reads, If (spiritual) death saw the gap in one sin, and grabbed the opportunity to dominate mankind in Adam, how much more may we now seize the advantage to reign in righteousness in this life through that one act of Christ, who declared us innocent by His grace. Grace is out of all proportion in superiority to the transgression.
Here is the truth. Light is always greater than darkness. John 1:5 says, And the light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. If you are in a very dark room and light a match, light dispels the darkness. If you are walking anywhere with a light, darkness can never over power you. But, do we really believe that the light of God is greater than the darkness?
What would be your response to sin if you knew the light of God inside of you was really bigger than sin? Romans tells us For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [ as subjects of God’s favor and mercy]. Another version says it this way: Sin was your master while the law was your measure; now grace rules. (The law revealed your slavery to sin, now grace reveals your freedom from it.) We need to realize that grace reveals to us our freedom from sin! Sin is NOT bigger than grace! God’s grace empowers us to live free from sin!
For the past few years, we have been on a quest to stand in grace and walk free in every area of our lives. One of the biggest challenges we have faced is having a change of mind regarding sin. Before, sin always was quite ominous. It was bigger than me, and overpowered me. But when we begin to see that grace empowers us, sin doesn’t look so ominous…I understood the Apostle Paul in Romans 6:6, “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” Another version ends by saying, “Our slavery to sin has come to an end.” Grace brings our slavery to sin to an end. I praise God for His gift to us!