Read: Psalm 119:129-136
Consider: How would you know when you have allowed a particular sin to ‘rule’ over you? We all have a spiritual battle going on in us which results in us often failing to resist temptation. As our conscience, through the action of the Holy Spirit, tells us this is wrong, this in itself cannot mean that a particular sin rules over us. Allowing a sin to rule over us must be when we have given in to the same temptation so often, that we have become anaesthetised to it being a sin. This might come about because we accept the norms of the society in which we live, or we excuse ourselves because in our view ‘everyone else is doing it’. Whatever the sin, the result is the same in that it adversely affects our spiritual walk with God.
To avoid sin we must be watchful, being aware that the devil will try to catch us out in our area of weakness. Peter calls the devil our ‘enemy’ and describes him as a ‘roaring lion’. He tells us to: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5:8-9).
To avoid sin ruling over us we need to submit to God, as well as resist the devil. As James says: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
In his letter to the church at Colossae, Paul writes in Colossians 3:1-17 about how the believers should live out their faith day-by-day (the NIV heads this section ‘Living as those made alive in Christ’). We can either allow Christ to rule over us, or we can allow sin to do so. Paul encourages the believers to: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace (Colossians 3:15).
Pray: Father, help us to be watchful of sin, not allowing it to rule over us. May we live in submission to you, as those who have been made alive in Christ. Amen