This stretch of days in my devotional book seems to be addressing the need to surrender to God in order to defeat the power of sin in our lives. Each day is just awesome. I commend this devotional book to you if you don’t already have it. I’m sharing yesterday’s reading if not for you, than for my own edification. Typing it out and saving it here helps me. Blessings.
Call upon Me…I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. (Psalm 50:15)
Christian man, by grace – that is to say, by the Holy Spirit of God – you have believed, and live. You are a limb of Christ, who is your life. But you are a sinner still; always, actually and potentially. For whatever the presence of the Spirit in you has done, it has not so altered you that, if He should go, you would not instantly revert to unholiness. Do you, if I may put it so, use your regenerate self in an unregenerate way, meeting temptation and the tendency to sin by yourself alone, with only high resolves, and moral scorn of wrong, and discipline on body or mind?
God forbid we should call these things evil. They are good. But they are aspects, not the essence, of the secret. It is the Lord Himself dwelling in you who is your victory; and that victory is to be realized by a conscious and decisive appeal to Him. “Though Him you shall do valiantly; for He it is that shall tread down your enemies.” (Ps. 60:12).
And is this not proved true in your experience? When, in your regenerate state, you use the true regenerate way, is there not a better record to be given? When, realizing that the true principle is indeed a Person, you resolve and struggle less, and appeal and confide more – is not sin’s reign broken, and is not your foot, even yours, because you are in conscious union with the Conqueror, placed effectually on “all power of the Enemy”?
~ H.C.G Moule, The Epistle to the Romans