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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Yielded and Submitted”
It’s not that we are to just avoid sin, but rather what the Apostle Paul commands is that we are to resist it, that is, no longer allow ourselves to be at its disposal.
Therefore, let’s be careful not to allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies, that we should obey it and its lusts. And we’re also not present the members of our bodies as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but rather we are to present ourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and our members as instruments of righteousness to God (Romans 6:12-13).
The language is that of a command; saying that we are to no longer allow sin to reign or have authority and rule over our bodies. To yield our bodies to sin means that we put ourselves at sin’s disposal turning our bodies over to its passionate pull.
Now, our bodies don’t sin, rather sin uses them as instruments, which include our eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, and even our minds. So, Paul is saying don’t allow sin to have dominion over our lives, and don’t submit ourselves to its control.
Instead, we are to yield and submit ourselves as instruments of righteousness unto God.
We see such submission by the prophet Isaiah.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.” (Isaiah 52:7a)
Therefore, we have a choice. We can either yield and submit ourselves to sin and the unrighteousness of Satan, or we can yield and submit ourselves to the righteousness of the Lord.
In his advice to young Timothy, Paul said, “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
The Apostle James said, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
When we yield and submit ourselves to God, then we’ve got a leg up on Satan and sin.
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