Victorious Life: Know, Reckon, Yield

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8/29/10

 

Victorious Life: Know, Reckon, Yield


As a new born Christian you quickly discover that you still have the same sinful habits that you had prior to believing on Christ as your Savior.

Out of ignorance and desperation many Christians turn to the pagan ways of the world to help them to deal with their sinful addictions i.e. habits.

 

However, the Father tells all of His children in Christ that He has provided everything that they need to overcome any and all of their sins through the victorious cross/work of Christ.

 

2Pe 1:3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

2Pe 1:4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

The reason that Christians turn to everything (AA, NLP, Psychology) but the Word of God to overcome their sinful habits is because they have not been taught

from Scripture that the cross/work of Christ alone defeated the source of all their sins i.e. their sinful nature- the nature they inherited from Adam.

 And that no other so-called spiritual source can help them. Almighty Christ needs no help with your sin problem.

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that every Christian can live a victorious Christian life by learning and applying what Christ cross/work

accomplished with reference to all their sinful problems.

  1. Satan wants Christians to turn to him to solve their sinful addictions so that God’s children will reject the Word of God as their sole authority and sufficiency for their impossible sinful habits.

 

Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to thetradition of men, according to the

basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

 

Col 2:21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”

Col 2:22 which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men?

Col 2:23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body,

but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

 

Pro 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

 

Either God’s way to handle your sin is true or not true. There is no such thing as partially valid or semi-honest.

The conclusion in a logical argument is either valid or invalid.

The pagan cannot say that their approach has some value on pain of contradiction. It is either valid, has Scriptural value-truth,

 or it is invalid, has no value, i.e. is not Scriptural and is therefore a deceptive lie from Satan.

 

Col 2:23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body,

but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

 

Isa 8:19 And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God?

Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?

Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is becausethere is no light in them.

 

 

  1. In Romans chapter 6 the Holy Spirit gives us three Scriptural words to enable us to live a victorious Christian life: Know, Reckon and Present. 

 

KNOW—There are Scriptural truths that you must know (Romans 6:3, 6, 9,) in order to have victory over your sinful habits.

Drinking, drugs, talking too much, shopping, sex, over eating, lying, greed, power lust, entertainment and prideful thinking these are just a few of the sinful

problems Christians deal with everyday. Knowledge is the first step to overcome your sin. Know that Christ has disempowered your sin nature.

 

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Rom 6:2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

 

(1)  

Rom 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

 

(2)      

Rom 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.

Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Rom 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

 

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Rom 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

 

These are the eternal facts about your identification with Christ cross/work with reference to your sin nature.

 

Col 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

Col 3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

 

  1. Reckon-The second Scriptural truth is that we must reckon or consider being true, counting it to be true what the

 Holy Spirit says about your sin nature. The death of Christ alone has permanently removed the habitual power of your sin nature from having dominion over you.

 

Rom 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Rom 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Reckon means that we are to believe that we are dead to our old sin nature and believe that we our new man in Christ is alive to God through Christ alone.

 

Eph 4:20 But you have not so learned Christ,

Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Eph 4:22  that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

Eph 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Eph 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

 

Rom 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

 

4. Present – We are commanded to present ourselves to God as those that are alive from the dead.

This presentation is a once for all act of giving the new man to the Father to glorify Him in all of our thoughts, words and deeds.

 

Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Rom 6:13  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead,

and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

 

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

 Rom 12:2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/romans/romans6.htm

Here we have another key command! “Don’t be yielding! Stop yielding!” The word “yield” means “present, put at someone’s disposal.”

Don’t put your bodily members at sin’s disposal (for sin’s use).

This word is used in the following passages:

Luke 2:22; Acts 1:3; 9:41 (as one who is alive from the dead!); Romans 12:1.

In the context of Romans 6:13 it has the idea of a slave standing beside his master ready to do whatever he wants (the word literally means “to stand beside”);

at his disposal, ready to do his bidding.  Lord, my members are at Your service!

 

Instruments“=tools, instruments, weapons. God wants our members as His tools. Our members are to be righteous tools for God’s glory.

See the hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be” by Francis Havergal. 

In this verse we have the third key word in this chapter that relates to the believer’s responsibility:

 1) KNOW (verses 3, 6, 9);  

2) RECKON (v.11);  

3) YIELD or PRESENT (v.13). We must know God’s facts about our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection.

 We must count on those facts by faith and appropriate them. We must present ourselves to God IN LIGHT OF THESE FACTS.

The key phrase in verse 13 is this: “but present yourselves unto God AS THOSE THAT ARE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD

(this brings us back to the great facts that we reckoned upon in verse 11). This is where many people err when it comes to consecration.

They present their old self to God. God cannot and God will not use the “old man.”

God will not change the old man and He will not reform the old man.

When we present ourselves to God, just who are we presenting? Are we presenting ourselves as those who are alive from the dead?

Lord, I thank You that in Christ old things are passed away and all things have become new. As a new creature (creation) in Christ I present myself to You,

 expecting You to work in me those good works which You have before ordained that I should walk in them (Eph. 2:10).

 As one who is dead to sin and alive to God I present myself to Thee.

This is the kind of consecration that is pleasing to God. For His holy service God only uses what we are in Christ, not what we are in Adam! What we are in Adam was rejected and condemned at the cross!

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