The sinful nature is like a pair of handcuffs that keeps people enslaved to sin, not just in deed but in desire and thought.
Paul describes this slavery as one of helplessly "gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature" and following its desires and thoughts". So, the sinful nature has cravings, cravings that manifest themselves in:
- Unrighteous sensual pleasure (impurity, fornication, pornography, adultery, drunkenness and orgies, etc.)
- Unhealthy social interaction (hatred, discord, jealousy, anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy)
- Unwholesome quest for spiritual power (idolatry, witchcraft, horoscope, physic healers and readers, etc.)
Believers are released from sin and shame; they are shackled no more to sin and bondage. Those with the new nature have power over the cravings of the sinful nature, can find real pleasure in Christ, develop wholesome relationships, and experience the power of the resurrected Christ.
A sin-shackled Christian poorly reflects on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to free man from the penalty of sin and the power of sin. He gives life - abundant life!
Take a few moments and listen to the song in the following link. You will be blessed.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- Describe Paul's jail activity. How does Paul view his internment?
- What does Paul's jail time allow him time to do?
- List the spiritual blessings believers have "in Christ".
- What are the contents of Paul's prayer on behalf of the Ephesian believers?
- The same power that raised Christ from the dead raises the believer from the dead. How does Paul describe that death from which we are delivered?
- How does he describe the life we are raised up to experience?
- Why is the gospel such good news for believing Gentiles?
- Why does Paul ask the Lord to give believers power?
- What does this prayer tell us about God's desire for His people?
- Upon what does he base his confident prayer?
Ask the glorious Father for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better, that He would enlighten your eyes in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, that you may know the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and his incomparable power.