Posted On April 18, 2019
Let’s be honest. The management of sin is a big focus of human life. To be aware of sin operating in our life is uncomfortable.
As a believer, I am dead to sin. The bible says,
For we know that our self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6.
So what’s my natural reaction when I find sin operating in my life? Sin that I know shouldn’t be there because I am dead to sin. Sin that I know shouldn’t be there because his perfect law says tells me it’s wrong?
My natural reaction is to eliminate the sin of course. What’s the saying? Where there’s a will, there’s a way? Let me tell you, I’ve learned from trial and error how wrong this statement can be. I’ve found attempting to will myself not sin without the pursuit of God to be impossible.
What is Sin
My pastor provides this definition of sin: To get your needs met independently of God. Otherwise stated, sin is a symptom of distance from God.
Therefore, the answer to a sin problem isn’t resolving to stop sinning. The answer to sin is drawing close to God. Yes! That’s right! The exact opposite of my natural response.
Trying not to sin without God is like trying to stop your stomach from growling without food. You can’t simply will yourself to do it. The stomach growls (aka sin) are evidence that we aren’t full. Get full and your stomach growls (sin) are replaced with joy.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13