Today’s Scripture: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye 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. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:12‑14

Why it is that whenever we see a sign that says “No . . .,” we suddenly want to do what it says not to do? This happened at a waterfront hotel in Galveston, Texas, when signs were posted warning people not to fish from the hotel balconies. The hotel staff wanted to put an end to the damage the fishermen were causing on the building. But guess what happened when the fishermen saw the signs? They kept on fishing.

The hotel staff realized that the signs weren’t working, so they took them all down. They never had the problem again.

When there is a law of any kind, the rebellious sin nature inside each of us wants to go against it. (Think about the way we try to rationalize going over the speed limit in rush hour.) Before we trusted in Christ, we weren’t able to resist this nature. But once Jesus saved us, the power sin had over our wills was broken. Romans 6 says that we are dead to sin, because our sin natures were crucified with Christ on the cross. That means now we have the freedom to choose for ourselves who we want to obey — our sin natures or our Savior. We are given new natures which strengthen us against sin. We just have to let them reign by submitting daily to God and His will for us.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder