Reigning In Life 2
Romans 5:17: For if by one man*s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Romans 6:11-12: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
If you want to reign in your life the way to do it is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ. When we didn*t have Christ reigning over us we had sin reigning over us. Sin therefore reigned over everything under us. When we trust Him He enables us to reign over some appropriate things. The choice is having sin reign over us or having Jesus reign over us. To put it another way, the choice is having sin reign over us or us reigning over sin. Sin is a cruel taskmaster and Jesus is a loving Master.
After we receive Jesus the first one we are better able to reign over is ourself. Those that submit themselves the most fully to Him will reign the most fully in their lives. He gives us a previously non-existent ability to defeat sin. When we have victory over sin we have victory over every issue in our lives. Sin causes every failure, every defeat. When we have victory over sin we have victory over everything that is important. Our flesh wants to be in control, but the reality is that without Jesus in control our flesh is out of our control. It is controlled by sin. With Jesus we have opportunity to get our flesh under as Paul did and to get our thoughts, tongues and actions under Jesus* control and ours. Reigning over ourselves (controlling ourselves) under Christ must come before we can reign over anything else. If you do that well Jesus might give you the privilege of reigning over some other things.
1 Corinthians 9:27: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Proverbs 25:28: He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Proverbs 16:32: He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Psalms 141:3: Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Daniel 11:32: And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.