We have a choice of whether or not to let negativity reign in our lives. This is not because we did something to stop it, but because God has done something to stop it. God went to the cross, where he absorbed all the evil we have to offer. He stopped it on the cross. It goes no further.
Unless, of course, we allow it.
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey its passions” (Romans 6:12).
Yes, yes, we know we’re weak and frail, being “mortal” as the writer Paul says. But even our mortality, our weakness, has been made stronger than sin. Even our mortality doesn’t have to obey the passions of sin, for the cross breaks its power. So it is up to us: are we going to allow evil to reign in our lives? It doesn’t have to, you know. Unless, of course, you want it to.
We have a choice to make today. Either we allow our self to be ruled by death and all his friends, or we allow ourselves to be God’s. The next verse says,
“Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life” (Romans 6:13).
Give yourself to wickedness or give yourself to God. The power is yours to choose.
Nothing is standing in your way. God has made a way and the path is clear. You’re going to have to allow yourself to be free. As you writhe in the emotional pain of your life–the deep and real pain–there is an exit in view. You must allow yourself to see it, to go for it, to be released. You must allow yourself to be God’s, to be loved, to be his beloved. You must allow yourself to be empowered, healed, beautified, and ravished with unconditional love. You must allow yourself to refuse to hear the lies, to halt the feelings of rejection, to step off of the platform of inferiority. You must allow God to pull you out of the pit, clean you up, and turn you into his precious bride, his courageous man.
There is nothing in heaven or on earth stopping you.
© Samuel Kee, 2012