Romans 6 v 5 – 8
5 For if we have been united with Him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. (ESV)
Only one thing can cure addiction – spiritual transformation!
Enslavement highjacks all you pleasure powers and holds you captive. That is what sin does.
In our daily walk as Christians we may be tempted to think that we can continue sinning so that grace may abound. But there is something better in life than to be enslaved to sin.
You will stay trapped in sin for the rest of your life if you don’t embark on the hero’s walk.
The fact is that we are not heroes, but we have the Hero of Calvary, who walked the hero’s walk – the Via Dolorosa. He lived among us and died, but rose again.
For you to walk the hero’s walk is to realise your desperate condition and trust Him who has all the light and all the virtues, who is heaven’s Hero.
If you belong to Christ, you are on the hero’s walk to Calvary. When He walked that walk on the Via Dolorosa, all who are in Christ walked it with Him. If your old self was crucified with Him, it is just logical that you walked with Him there to die to self. Why then would you want to keep on sinning?
The body of sin was brought to nothing, so why do you want to resuscitate it again? Having had a spiritual transformation, you are not enslaved to sin anymore!
Whoever owns your heart owns all of you. As you are in your heart, so you are. The Holy Spirit makes the Gospel alive in your heart through faith – knowing the Truth, assenting (agreeing) to it and trusting it. That is why Paul said: “If we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”
If not Christ, then who? If you died with Him, you will know, assent to and trust Him.