WHY CHRISTIANS STILL SIN

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8

 

While some might like to deny it, others try to silence it and sweep it under the rug, the truth is, Christians do sin. There’s no other way around this truth. The fact is, if we say we have no sin (no issue with sin or our sin nature) we lie! Since the moment of Adam’s entry into disobedience in the garden, man has come to know sin. More importantly, man has grown within himself a sin nature that continues unto death, even if that individual comes under the cross, the fact is, that very same sin nature will remain present throughout their life, which is why to this day, many good men and women who are saved, filled with the spirit and living for God still succumbs, at some point, with sin.

Now, before many throw dirt in the air and call me a defender, or promoter of sin in the life of a believer, let me just say this to those who would throw their first stone – I do not, nor cannot condone sin in any believers life, even my own. But if we are going to ever come to the place where we can examine ourselves completely in the eyes of the spirit of God and subject ourselves to the word, which breaks the yoke of sin, then we must not only be honest with ourselves, but we must equally be honest with others as well, and that means to confess the truth – Christians, not matter how good they might be, or anointed they might be, still sin.

So why do people still find themselves at times dealing with sin? Let’s look at a few reasons why Christians still deal with sin:

1. We were all born into sin (Isaiah 53:6)

2. The heart of man is evil (Jeremiah 17:9)

3. No such thing as perfection (Romans 3:23)

4. Our bodies are corruptible (1 Corinthians 15:54)

 

No matter how you want to argue over the facts, the truth is, we were all born with a propensity toward sin. So what is the answer for the believer who is finding themselves struggling in areas of their life with something they know is wrong, but is trying to overcome it? The answer is the cross. The moment Christ died and atoned for the sin of the world, something happened, something wonderful, God wiped the slate clean for all those who would believe upon Jesus Christ and his redemptive work on the cross and introduced the world to grace. It is by grace we are now saved, and it is by grace that we now can obtain mercy. “For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.” Romans 6:10

The struggles we have while in this flesh are a direct result of the fall, no question about it. When Christians, believers in Christ, find themselves struggling in personal areas which produce sin, it is because they have not grasped the notion of grace, but not just grace, but how to live in grace! We are saved by faith. Faith which is based on the act of Christ’ work on the cross, faith which yields forgiveness, allows the full work of the atonement to begin to take place in our lives. When a Christian, any Christian finds themselves struggling with sin, it’s because they have not allowed the complete work of grace to access their life and they are living by another means, that is, they are trying to serve the Lord by personal guilt, condemnation or penance. Meaning, they realize they struggle with sin, even a “pet” sin but they do not or have not learned to simply ask for forgiveness and resort to walking in grace and allowing Christ, through the working of the Holy Spirit full access to their life and more importantly, access to those areas which they are struggling in. There is a simple truth to self reliance and relying on our own strength when we deal with sin or any area of our life which is not measuring up to God’s prescribed order for living, and it’s this; Our own strength with sin will yield one of two things, a complete rejection of the cross, OR, a complete regeneration BY the cross.

When we allow our faith, which allows us access to the throne room of God, that same saving faith, justifies us, it sanctifies us, and so while realizing this fact, that none of us are perfect, nor will we ever be perfect. It is then we realize that Christ not only has forgiven us, but he is interceding for us before the throne room of God. When we confess our sins when we fail (1 John 1:9) God is merciful and just to then forgive us, even if it’s something done over and over again, that is the mercy of God and the full work of the cross operating in our life. So how could this be possible? Because it’s the love of Christ who is willing, even when we don’t deserve it, he forgives us, time and time again. (Matthew 18:21-24) Jesus refer this as the 70x 7 rule.

So how does this help the believer struggling with sin in their life? By placing the object of faith (the cross) actively in their life and understanding that their faith has already produced their justification before God, meaning, they, because of their faith in Christ, they are now justified before God, and that same saving grace (thru faith) produces it’s long term goal – sanctification. Sanctification is a life time process, it’s not a one time deal. When Peter was confirmed by our Lord, he (Peter) failed Christ, not once, not twice, but three times, not in just one event (the denial) but when Peter tried to stop Christ from seeking the cross to die, Christ rebuked him, then Peter was rebuked yet again because of his sharp criticism of John the beloved. The point is, Christ died once to sin and for our sins.

When we succumb to a shortcoming in our lives, whatever it is, we can do one of two things, either labor over it and succumb to works which yield nothing to our overcoming it, OR, we can do something simple as what Peter did the moment the cock crowed – repent. That’s it. It’s that simple, plain simple repentance. Then what we do after that is we keep our faith in Christ and what he did on the cross and allow him, his Holy Spirit to begin the process of helping us overcome that area of our life. Make no mistake, God hates sin, he deplores it, rejects it, yet, the saving nature of the cross intercedes for us continually, if not, NONE of us would make it, and I mean none of us!

When a believer walks in Christ, they begin to read and study the word, they pray, they sometimes fast, but it is faith alone which produces all we need to overcome those areas (sin) in our lives. That is the answer to sin in the life of a believer, not ignoring it, not brushing it aside, and most certainly not ignoring it. But confronting it by placing it at the foot of the cross and then walking by faith knowing that while we do not deserve forgiveness, Christ died for us (John 3:16). That in itself is the reason why we can make it, even when we do sin, though we do not want to, knowing that at some point we need to grow and mature in our walk, leaving those weights (sin) that easily beset us in our walk, when we ask God to forgive us, truly repenting, then that’s when our faith allows the full benefit of the cross, the atonement, will then change us and mature us along the way. Don’t get hung up on your failures and shortcomings, but rise above it knowing that your faith in Christ and what he did on the cross, has already paid for your sins, just ask him to forgive you and then help you overcome and he will, it’s that simple.

 

Christopher

 

 

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