Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:13-18)
Today's Morsel: If someone were to ask you what your church's doctrine is, could you tell them? What about the doctrine of Jesus and the apostles? Doctrine serves two purposes. First, to ensure you are in compliance with higher instructions, and second, to ensure you are enforcing the standard. Paul told the church at Rome that they were like all of us, sinners. But because they had obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered them; and being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Notice, they had obeyed the doctrine and were now no longer sinners, but saints of the most high God. What doctrine did they obey? The gospel. What gospel? The gospel of Jesus Christ. The death, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-5). They had repented of their sins, been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and they were risen to walk in newness of life. "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:1-4). If you really want to know the doctrine of Jesus Christ and the apostles, read the book of Acts, and then you can determine if you are in compliance and enforcing the standard in your own life.
Sing: It's real! It's' real! I know it's real, its this Pentecostal blessing and I know, I know, it's real; It's real! It's' real! I know it's real, its this Pentecostal blessing and I know, I know, it's real.
Thought for Today: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple" (Romans 16:17-18)