Master Your Sin

“I WILL NOT BE MASTERED BY ANYTHING.”

One of the great benefits of fasting is that you really discover just how much you are or are not in control your body. So many things tempt our flesh and can potentially exercise control over us. Isn’t that the nature of addictions? It’s something you indulge your flesh in which begins to control you and the more you give in to it the more you are being controlled or mastered by it. Anything our flesh enjoys has the potential to become an addiction–eating, drinking, sleeping, working etc. These things are not evil in and of themselves, but when we allow them to control us they become sin.

Read Genesis 4 and you will see how Cain allowed anger and jealousy to overcome him when God praised his brother Abel instead of him. Cain could have controlled his anger and humbled himself to his brother so he could learn what it was that pleased the Lord and do it too! God knew what Cain was doing and he told him, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, SIN IS CROUCHING AT YOUR DOOR: IT DESIRES TO HAVE YOU, BUT YOU MUST MASTER IT.” (Genesis 4:6-7) Sadly, Cain did not heed the Lord’s rebuke and his invitation to do what is right. Instead, he let sin master him and he killed his brother.

You and I are now in the same position. Sin is crouching at our door and it desires to have us. “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body (flesh) so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life: and offer your body as instruments of righteousness. FOR SIN SHALL NOT BE YOUR MASTER, because you are not under law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:12-14).

What is it that your flesh wants to indulge in–will you let it master you or will you heed the Lord’s rebuke and master it? There really is no choice in this matter. If we are to call Jesus our Lord, which means Master, it is only a true statement if we do what He says (Luke 6:46-ff). If Jesus is our Lord then we are commanded to master sin. Take note of Paul’s attitude in 1 Corinthians 9:24-ff.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I BEAT MY BODY AND MAKE IT MY SLAVE so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

This is our time to go into strict training and to master our bodies through the strength and power of our Lord. Remember 1 John 5:5, “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” J


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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 30:7-9. Most of us at one time or another struggle with feeling dissatisfied with what we have. We want to indulge our flesh–we want to have more stuff. Write down the two things that Agur (who wrote these proverbs) asks the Lord for in these verses and take note of why. Pray for yourself in the same way.

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 15:16-17, 16:8. These verses emphasize three things that are better than wealth. Write these things down on the lines below and meditate on these verses.

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 23:19-35. As you read these verses you will notice that the outcome for those who overindulge the flesh (i.e. drinking or eating too much) is not positive. In verse 26 our Father gives us the key to overcoming the things that we may be tempted to overindulge in. Write this verse on the lines below.

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THURSDAY: Read Romans 6 and 1Cor. 9:24-27 As you read these scriptures keep these questions in mind and answer them for yourself. Why does the Lord call me to master sin in my body? How am I doing in my personal battle with sin? Who is my master? How can I succeed in overcoming sin?

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FRIDAY: Read Phi. 4:1-13. Rewrite v.12 on the lines below and wherever you see the word “I”, replace it with your own name. Keeping v.13 in mind, fulfill this verse in your life.

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  1. Read Proverbs 17:1 together and discuss it with your family. Give each member of the family a chance to share some of the things your family has been blessed with that they are thankful for. Close out in prayer and give thanks for all the things that were shared in your devotional.

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