|“The moment you enlist in the army of God, you personally become a target. You need to remember that if you’re living for and walking with Jesus Christ, the powers of darkness are aligned against you.” Walter Martin
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:11
Earlier in this chapter Paul says that the believer is dead in Christ and free from sin. If you are indeed dead to sin, why do you need to “reckon” yourself dead? If you are dead physically, you don’t need to reckon yourself physically dead. The word “reckon” means to impute. When the righteousness of Christ was imputed to you and your sins were imputed to Christ,395 Paul says you imputed death to yourself and your life of sin. Life to self is spiritual death. Death to self is spiritual life. The two go together; you cannot have life without death any more than you can have salvation without the death of Christ. If you want to live for yourself you are guaranteed alienation from God.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”396 Union with Christ in His death and resurrection makes the believer’s serving sin a contradiction of terms. It is like saying, “Honest people are liars.” Paul does not argue for the eradication of sin, but rather that sin cannot reign in those in whom Christ lives. You may fight the presence of sin in your life, but that is different from inviting it into your life as your master. “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”397
395 cr. II Corinthians 5:21
Jeremiah 43-45 Hebrews 5 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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