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Read Romans 6:1-14.

As believers in Christ, we are called to become more like Him with the help of His Spirit. This process, known as sanctification, requires our full attention. To continually grow in Christlikeness requires the commitment of our will, the dedication of our mind, and every ounce of intentionality we can muster.

There is a world of difference between struggling with our sin and deciding to live in sin as an accepted lifestyle. Deliberately living in sin is impossible for believers, for we are “dead to sin” and united to Christ (v. 11).

In Romans 6:1-14, Paul explains that we have been liberated from sin’s control and must not allow it to reign over us. Of course, this does not mean that we are incapable of sinning (see 1 John 1:8). Rather, we do not dutifully obey sin like we once did before we were saved. We can say ‘no’ to sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is purifying our hearts just as Christ is pure.

Christian, you are not under the dictatorship of sin and Satan anymore. Sin is a deposed dictator that no longer has the power to control you. Therefore, don’t give in to the destructive, sinful patterns in your life. Instead, fight them in the power of God!

Today and every day, count yourself “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11).

Prayer: Father, thank You that I am no longer a slave to sin. I am alive in Christ. Your Spirit empowers me to say ‘no’ to sin. May I draw on Your power today and every day to live for You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin” (Romans 6:6-7).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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