As we study Romans, we notice in chapter 8, there are three things to put to death: sin, fear, and an orphan mindset. When circumstances arise that cloud your judgement or seem insurmountable, you can exercise your faith and self control.
Put to death – Sin
As a Christ follower, it is within your power to conquer sin. Romans 8:12-13 states, “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.” (NLT)
We need to actively fight war with sin. Declare sin to be the enemy. Sin is not something a believer should entertain in his life, nor is it something to be trivialized. Colossians 3:5 states, “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you…” (NLT). It is an important aspect of Christian maturity to actively put to death the sin in our lives.
Do Away with the Orphan Mindset
An orphan is one who is without parents. As a follower of Jesus, you are not an orphan, but you are a child of the King. An orphan is vulnerable, unprotected, and at risk. An orphan does not have a heritage to draw from or an inheritance to rely upon. As children of God, we have both a heritage and an interitance.
Romans 8:15-17a — “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…” (ESV). When we live like children of the King, we fully recognize the blessings and provision with which He showers His children. Further, we reject the mindset that we are in this life alone and vulnerable.
Put Fear to Death
Finally, if we are to truly live a victorious life, we have to stop believing the lies of the enemy that cause us to fear. If we are children of the King, we have been promised a great heritage. Once we have put to death the orphan mindset, we can live in the victory Christ has already provided.
2 Timothy 1:7 — “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (ESV) One of God’s greatest gifts to us is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Because of self-control, we can actively put to death fear. Fear crops up as a natural emotional response. Putting fear to death does not mean simply denying its existence. However, it does mean telling fear its place, fighting from victory.