Struggling With Sin? Good News: You Can Be a Victor Rather Than Victim in This War!


Do you struggle with sin? Does sin sometimes get the upper hand? If so, you are not alone. In fact, if we say that we have no sin, “we deceive ourselves.” (1 John 1:8, WEB)

Every person struggles with sin, including Christians. This is due to our sin nature, our tendency to sin. When we know what we ought to do, we often do the thing we ought not to. The apostle Paul wrote about this very dilemma:

“I do not understand the things I do. I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate. And if I do not want to do the hated things I do, that means I agree that the law [of God] is good. But I am not really the one who is doing these hated things; it is sin living in me that does them. Yes, I know that nothing good lives in me – I mean nothing good lives in the part of me that is earthly and sinful. I want to do the things that are good, but I do not do them. I do not do the good things I want to do, but I do the bad things I do not want to do. So if I do things I do not want to do, then I am not the one doing them. It is sin living in me that does those things.

So I have learned this rule: When I want to do good, evil is there with me. In my mind, I am happy with God’s law. But I see another law working in my body, which makes war against the law that my mind accepts. That other law working in my body is the law of sin, and it makes me its prisoner.” (Romans 7:15-23, NCV)

Does this describe your struggle with sin? I know it sure describes mine! I echo Paul’s question: “Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24, WEB)

The answer is: Yahweh God through Jesus Christ!

Even though we will still face challenges with sin, we will definitely get the upper hand and eventually win the battle when we actively trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation. Once we put genuine faith in him, Yahweh will send His Holy Spirit to indwell us so its powers will help us fight off sin. With the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we no longer have to struggle with sin alone. Rather, it becomes teamwork: God giving us the power and we cooperating with that power to overcome sin and not commit the same sin again.

But exactly, how do we cooperate with God to fight off sin? In order to work together with Yahweh, we must:

1) Study the Holy Scriptures to learn what are actually sins. We cannot avoid something, like sin, if we do not know what it is in the first place, agree? As an example, we should avoid the poisonous black widow spider, but how can we avoid it if we don’t know what it looks like? We can’t simply avoid every spider we come across! Likewise, to avoid things that are truly sins, we need to know how to identify them, and the only way to know how is by studying the Bible, as Yahweh specifically laid out actual sins in it for us to shun, and provided us with principles that help us determine something as sinful (such as gambling) even if it’s not listed as a sin.

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