Lesson 6 - Introduction


To begin Principle 10, we need to review the process we have already completed or at least have begun. We have come through the first four principles of accepting our responsibilities in all of our actions and because of the grace, mercy, and forgiveness working in our hearts, we now know our need to forgive and be as merciful, in as much as we have been given mercy. Our new zeal has given us the desire to make amends and reconcile with others as much as depends upon us. Now we have grown to the place of maturity in our lives that causes us to keep our personal relationship accounts in a clean and orderly manner with God. Principle 10 helps us to do just that. The first verse that makes this point for us comes from the letter to the Romans.

Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The word reckon means to count, compute, calculate; to reckon inward, weigh the reasons, to deliberate; meditate on; to suppose, deem, judge; to determine (OLB). This word deals with reality. If I reckon that my bankbook has $25 in it, it has $25 in it. Otherwise, I am deceiving myself. This word refers to facts, not suppositions.

We are to reckon ourselves dead to sin. This is a fact, not a rumor or theory. It is the reality of the matter, not a feeling. We are to place a zero in the personal cost column, the ledger column of debt, which keeps the total wage of our sins as zero. It has been paid by the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. In our behalf, our heavenly Father has accounted the cost of our sins to the ledger of His Son. Our debt to God is now zero, nadda, nothing, zip. Jesus paid it all for us.

By doing this on a daily basis, we are able to keep our conscience clean, alert, and sensitive to the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are to be filled with and kept under the control of the Holy Spirit. This enables us to walk in the Spirit. If God’s attributes are ours, we will be more sensitive to the love of the Father and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. He will be able to correct us and lead us into righteousness.

Principle 10 continues to establish the foundation that we have been endeavoring to build. Thus far, we have established God’s perspective when it comes to our sin. He has shown us the reasons for our hope because of the promises of forgiveness and redemption. In doing so, we now have the directions for our God-given change. In the remaining three principles, we will look at the last of the directives that God gives us, and hopefully, these will become our daily practice.

The first practice of this last phase is to take a daily inventory. This will help us to remain sensitive to the will of God and will help us to practice holiness. Because of this practice, we will then be able to surrender to the desires of God and will be able to discern His will. We will become more sensitive to His voice and our relationship with Him and others will be alive, enhanced, and active. The final two phases will concentrate on prayer and service, but before we get to those principles we have to make sure that our relationship is clean before God. The way we will accomplish this is to do a daily inventory and prepare our hearts for seeking the face of God through prayer and then being sent out according to His will, to accomplish His tasks by grace through faith.

Copyright © 2004, 2007 Randall Nurmi

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