If you are struggling with sin, you are not alone.
Whether you are a Christ follower or you are not yet following Him, you can still struggle with sin. Whether it be lust or gossip, un-forgiveness or lying, or any number of sins, God’s Word gives us hope that we can overcome that sin that weighs us down. Paul gives us an account in Romans that is so familiar to us about sin in our lives. He says in Romans 15: I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate. I know there are some of you who are doing what they hate, not doing what you know to be right.
Maybe you’re still feeding that addiction. Maybe you’re still holding that grudge. Maybe you are still telling little white lies. The Bible tells us in James 4:17 that whoever knows the right thing to do but yet does not do it, for them it is sin. We know from Paul’s writing in Romans that nothing good lives in us, in our sinful nature.
He wants to do what’s right but can’t He wants to do what is good but doesn’t. He doesn’t want to do what is wrong but does it anyway. How many times have you felt this way? Who is feeling like Paul in Roman 8:24 when he says: Oh what a miserable person that I am! If you are held captive in a sin, whatever sin it may be, however big or small you may perceive it, however harmful or innocent you think it is, there is an answer to how you can be set free from that sin.
Paul says in Romans 8:25: Thank God the answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Now if you are feeling the power of Christ reaching out to you, telling you that in Him there is freedom, that believing in Him can give you the power you need to overcome that sin, but Satan is in your other ear telling you that you are not god enough to come to the open arms of Jesus or that as a believer in Christ already that you shouldn’t even be struggling with sin, remind your enemy that he is a liar!
Paul tells us in Romans 8:1: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Praise God! He goes on in verse 8:2 to say: and because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. That verse does not say it will free you. That verse says it has freed you. Right now, believing in God’s Word and promises you are living freed from the power of sin. There is a stronger power than that sin living with in you, and that is the Holy Spirit, given to you when you believed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 8:6 says that letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. And verse 8:12 says: therefore we have no obligation to do what our sinful nature urges us to do.
Take God’s Word and believe it. Apply it. It is the truth! If you don’t yet believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can start your journey with Him today. No matter where you are at in that journey, if you are caught up in any kind of sin, if you are held captive by things you do but don’t want to do, just remember, the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.
Cindy Witt 2016
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