I’M DEAD TO SIN, I RECKON!
This is not a line from a new Veggie Tales cowboy western! This is a reference to a quote from Romans 6:11 (KJV). “Likewise reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord”. When I inquired about the word reckon, it started to percolate inside of me and hope began to rise up in my heart. From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary it says, “to count, estimate, compute. It further stated in the ‘intransitive verb’ section: 1. to settle accounts 2. to make a calculation 3. to accept something as certain.”
I personally always thought of the word ‘reckon’ as almost like imagining yourself in a certain way, and then it would somehow,magicallyturn into a reality. It is like closing your eyes and wishing with your fingers crossed. (YUCK!) When the light opened up the truth to me about this passage, I felt strongly to share it with all of you. This issue of sin is a major stumbling block for many Christians. Such an important topic and yet, very few are even mentioning the word “sin” anymore. I believe many people are so frustrated with the whole concept of sin that the modern way to deal with it is just to avoid talking about it.
In most other translations other than the King James, the word ‘reckon’ is replaced by the word ‘consider’. Now I don’t know about you but ‘consider’ is a word that basically meant ‘ponder’ or ‘wonder’ to me. This is not a strong action word! This is why we need to study words out and find their root meanings, and in our case, to study out the Greek and Hebrew roots from the original languages. You will see how enlightening this can be.
In the New American Standard Bible (NASB) the word ‘consider’ is used in Romans 6:11, but when I looked up the Greek root it was amazing! The Strongs number is 3049. The word is “Logizomai” and this is a very strong decisive action word in deed! It means: to take an inventory, estimate, conclude, count, judge, and to put to one’s account. Now these words above are not some dreamy-eyed wanderings; they are actions such as an accountant would use as he or she calculates the final tally or balance on a balance sheet. God is telling us that we are to calculate the final conclusion according to His Word which is the only TRUTH!
Sin is the cause of every aberration of the human condition and it is very, very important that we TALK ABOUT IT! Wouldn’t it be wonderful news if hope exists that we can actually overcome this wicked tendency inherited from our ancestors Adam and Eve? I believe there is hope to overcome sin in the lives of each and every one of us who belong to Jesus. It says in Romans 8:3-4, “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature . So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins . He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature, but instead follow the Spirit.” (New Living Translation)
To break this down a little more, it is clear that before we came to Christ, we had no choice, as everything we did was controlled by the sinful nature inherited from Adam. We were dead to God and alive to sin! Now the good news is bursting forth from the Word of God to let us know that we are now designed to have victory over sin, every single day! Does this good news cause hope to rise up in your spirit, or do you resort to fear that the end result of this will be more frustration and discouragement, because this will end in another pile of ‘more stuff’ that “does not work”? The devil is working overtime to convince Christians that sin is for now, and it will always be a stumbling block for all of us, so we may as well just “get used to it”! This is a LIE! The Word of God promises us freedom, and God cannot LIE! So now we are faced with standing in the place of intense battle for our minds! This is the place where the flesh meets the spirit. One of these things is true and one is a lie. Which is which? Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free ”! WOW! This is good news!
Let’s state that Scripture again, “…..God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins….”.Now we can bring back the word “reckon” or “consider” into this Epistle… “to count, estimate, compute, 1. to settle accounts 2. to make a calculation 3. to accept something as certain.” Now we can come to the truth and accept it as “ certain ”, that sin no longer has us at its mercy. If we believe that it does, we will behave as if it is true. It says in Proverbs, “As a man thinks, so is he”. So, what we consider or calculate to be true, is true from our own personal perspective. I have heard it said that “perception is reality”, as it relates to the individual. If you have abnormal fears that control you, it is most likely that you have swallowed a lie, and that lie is perceived by you to be “the truth” and acted upon accordingly. We need to have our minds renewed by the washing of the Word of God to replace the lies with the one and only truth. There is only “one truth” and not “many truths”. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life!
I Pray that the Lord will bring light to your understanding and you will start to accept that you will no longer abide with the lie, “The Devil made me do it!” He cannot make you do ANYTHING! You must give him control by falling for one of his well-placed bait traps especially designed to trip you up! You are free, but if you do not accept this freedom, you will continue to walk according to your own perception. If that perception is a lie implanted by the enemy, you will continue to flip-flop back and forth between victory and failure, and discouragement and eventually defeat. I am sure that you do not want this! Am I right?
YOU ARE FREE! YOU CANNOT BE MADE TO COMMIT SIN! IT IS YOUR CHOICE! Start to “Reckon yourself dead to sin, but alive unto God”! As you allow this truth to permeate into your hearts, you will begin to see how the Lord will direct you to more and more freedom and more and more victory! “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance”. (Ephesians 1:18) NLT