Updated: Feb 11, 2020
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." - Romans 6:6
Serve: perform duties or services for; work for; obey
Do we know that the work of the cross is completed? To be free from sin is something we can already walk in victoriously! The bible says that our old man (the one who served sin and walked in disobedience) IS crucified with Christ. The bible doesn't say that our old man should be crucified or that it will be crucified, it says that our old man IS crucified! This means that we are presently set free from service to sin! What an encouraging scripture to know that this promise is already available to us.
When temptations arise, we can boldly come against them in prayer and with the Word of God. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit. It is our weapon and just like we have to actually do something in order for a physical sword to be useful to us (we have to actually pick it up and fight!), the same is true for the sword of the Spirit! We can use the word by speaking it aloud when temptation to sin arises. Reminding ourselves and the enemy what the Word states, as Jesus did in the wilderness when He was tempted. We can also pray the Word over ourselves and others.
Sometimes, the temptation to sin is stronger than others, but this is where submission and surrender to the Holy Spirit is for! If we spend time in the Word and in prayer consistently, that makes it so much easier to resist temptation (example: again, Jesus in the wilderness). Also, when temptat