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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Moral Decision About Sin"


April 10, 2012


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

Co-Crucifixion. Have I made this decision about sin - that it must be
killed right out in me? It takes a long time to come to a moral
decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my life when I do
decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so
sin must die out in me, not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted,
but crucified. No one can bring anyone else to this decision. We may
be earnestly convinced, and religiously convinced, but what we need
to do is to come to the decision which Paul forces here.

Haul yourself up, take a time alone with God, make the moral decision
and say - "Lord, identify me with Thy death until I know that sin is
dead in me." Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to

It was not a divine anticipation on the part of Paul, but a very
radical and definite experience. Am I prepared to let the Spirit of
God search me until I know what the disposition of sin is - the thing
that lusts against the Spirit of God in me? Then if so, will I agree
with God's verdict on that disposition of sin - that it should be
identified with the death of Jesus? I cannot reckon myself "dead
indeed unto sin" unless I have been through this radical issue of
will before God.

Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with
Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and
blood? "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me."

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