Sugar Coated Sin Part V: No Victory
Romans 7:21-24 New International Version (NIV)
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin. This is probably the most crippling lie we believe about sin. As we all are sinners, it is not surprising that we may use this same argument to justify or excuse our wrong doings. For there is something that Satan wants any God fearing person to forget.
That once we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we have been given the nature to desire to obey God!
Yes, that is right. Once we have given our lives to Jesus and the Holy Spirit comes into us, we feel conviction. That feeling of guilt you get when you have acted in a way that you know is wrong, that is your desire to do right by our Lord. Why is it so hard then?
This, to me, is because we are in the midst of an ongoing war in which we have to decide whose side we are on. Are we with God, or are we going to insist on doing things our way and fighting against Him?
Nancy Leigh Demoss illustrates the war between our fleshly desires and the Holy Spirit:
The Spirit Says – Forgive
The Flesh Says – Hold A Grudge
The Spirit Says – Spend Some Time in the Word and in Prayer
The Flesh Says – You have had a long day, take time out for yourself.
The Spirit Says – Hold Your Tongue. What you are about to say is Not Kind or Necessary
The Flesh Says – Tell it how it is!
Tug Of War
It is an endless tug of war. On one end we have God’s will, on the other, we have our desires. What we do not always see, is at the end of each side there is a driving force. For every time we give in to the ways of the flesh we are becoming slaves to sin. We are inching closer and closer to our own demise. We walk the ways of death. At the same time, every time we choose God’s ways over our own ways we are placing our trust in God whose wishes for us are those of joy, love, peace, and prosperity.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
So when we decide to do things our way instead of God’s ways we are:
- We are giving in to temptation
- We are not trusting in God and His promises
- We are setting ourselves up to sin again
- We are falling prey to the Devil’s lies
In short, brothers and sisters we start to believe we are never going to be any different. We start to see ourselves from the Deceiver’s point of view. We cave in to the lies in which we are being fed and forget the truth.
What We Believe Determines The Way We Live!!!
- If we believe we have no value in God’s eyes and that we are worthless sinners, we are going to distance ourselves from God’s church, His word, and give in to our temptations.
- If we believe our sins are less than our brothers or sisters, we are going to make a record of their wrong doings, justify our own, and make a habit of holding grudges instead of forgiving and loving them.
- If we believe that we are not going to get caught, that somehow Christ’s sacrifice makes it okay for us to sin as it has been already pardoned, we will do wrong unto our brothers and sisters. We will live in sin and forget the need for repentance. More importantly, we forget the price in which our sins cost and the great sum in which Christ paid so that we might be free.
We cannot do this alone.
John 15:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Good News For We Sinners
- Jesus Christ, one and only Son of God, came to this earth and took it upon Himself to pay the ultimate price.
- Through His sacrifice, we are forgiven of our sins, are reconciled to God, and have the ability to live holy lives.
- In Christ, we have the promise of Eternal Salvation.
We are the children of God. We do not have to sin.
Romans 6:14New International Version (NIV)
14 For sin shall no longer be your master because you are not under the law, but under grace.
We are not slaves to sin. Through Christ, we have been set free.
Romans 6:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
By God’s Grace, we can experience victory over sin.
Galatians 2:20 New International Version (NIV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.