For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under
law but under grace. (Romans 6:14 NKJV).
How is it possible that sin’s dominion shall no longer be over us? The word dominion means, “power of controlling and governing”. It carries the idea of “right to rule”. Sin can control, govern and rule over us if we allow. But the good news is the Bible declares “sin shall not have dominion over you”. How is that possible for a believer?
Naturally when there is no law, it leads to anarchy or lawlessness. The absence of law leads to a life without order. “You are not under law” – meaning law is not the one in control. If there is no law, it’s chaos and anarchy time. But contrary to the natural outcome, the Scripture promises that because we are not under law, we have freedom from the dominance of sin. So if we are not under law, what then is the governing rule over us? Grace! (Romans 6:14).
Grace does wonders. When we allow our lives to come under grace – God’s unmerited favor, we see the difference in struggle against sin. Grace does only what grace can do – break us free from the power and governing rule of sin. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts…” (Titus 2:11, 12 NKJV).
You and I cannot stop sin, but grace can! So stop using your will power to fight and stop sin. You will be miserable trying because you will not see the results of your efforts. But let grace do it. Simply tell the Lord how much you need His grace to help you. How? By looking, meditating, listening about and knowing Jesus. Because Jesus is the gateway to God’s grace – “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17 NKJV). The more you know Jesus and depend on Him to supply grace, you will see another added blessing which is grace and peace will grow in increasing measure in you – Grace is multiplied! Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (II Peter 1:2 NKJV). The more grace is in you, the more of sin’s dominance is weakened.
So why try on your own when grace is here. Call on the grace of God and see yourself growing and multiply in grace and sin will lose its grip in you!