on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin
and yes to truth."
How much can I get away with?
Although... my legalism got it wrong too.
Two opposite ends of a spectrum.
(English Standard Version)
It is the same faith that brought us to Christ in the first place that we must rely on to separate us from sin. Every believer’s battle is won by relying on Christ and Christ alone by the indwelling of His Spirit. This is the yielding process and the beginning of sanctification....
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.
What does that mean? Too often we read a passage of Scripture and we believe it simply because it’s God’s Word, but we haven’t a clue what it really means. Right?
Well, when we come to the realization that within our human bodies lives an unrestrained flesh that seeks to influence us to sin, we make a choice to NOT allow the flesh control. That’s called salvation.
(*That thing could be gossip, unwholesome entertainment,
non-Christian friends who negatively influence us,
alcohol, television, pornography,
Instead of yielding ourselves to *that, instead of accommodating the flesh, Paul says accommodate God: Yield yourselves to God. That’s how He replaces our unrighteousness with His Righteousness.
Here's the neat part: That word “yield” is aorist active imperative. That means that -- grammatically speaking -- it's a command! The aorist tense means DO IT! Just do it!
If you’re saved – you need to train your senses to line up under Christ. Accommodate yourself to Christ. Put yourself where you can be influenced by the Spirit of God and not by the flesh.
What does that mean for you?
For this recovering legalist...
God's grace is not a game.
It is my teacher.
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously,
and godly, in this present world.