I am referring to the recurrent habit of sinning against God even after one is saved. I used to tell myself, I would grow up and have this sufficient good will to live a life free of sin. But, the more I grew, the more I developed the tendency to sin. I constantly find myself moving from what we call petty lies (although nothing is petty before God) to great and grievous ones that can’t be mentioned on a paper. Even as a Christian, I still find myself going back and forth, asking myself, “how do I break free from the Power of Sin?” I find myself praying and praying over again for forgiveness. If forgiveness was offered as a voucher system, I guess I would have exhausted mine.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled on the song, “I am no longer a slave to sin”…and it got me thinking about “being a slave to sin”. This is my lesson summary. Hope you are blessed by it.
We struggle with sin
Countless believers struggle with sin in their lives. We do not sin because we are temporarily overwhelmed by a strong passion of the moment. We sin because we have a nature of sin, of self-centeredness; we hunger after things that are wrong and we easily yield to sin. We cannot help ourselves at times. Man is born unto sin (Job 5:7). We all are born to share that fallen nature.
Paul wrote in Romans 7:24, “…I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?”
There is a better path laid ahead for us in Christ: Grace
Christ has come to break us free from the power of sin within us. Although, it feels like the harder we try to break from the power of sin, the more we get entangled with sin. The perfect example would be somebody who's trying to lose weight and loves chocolate. The harder they think about losing weight, their ability to resist the chocolate becomes much stronger.
Paul wrote in Romans 8:2, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.”
We need to come to know and understand God's love for us if we are going to break free from the power of sin in our lives. As we grow in understanding of His great love for us, our human spirits will respond. We will begin to hate sin because of our love for God. To answer the question, “how do I break free from the Power of Sin?” We need to be firmly grounded in Christ Jesus. Just plunge in knowing Jesus Christ. Devote yourself to this and sin won’t seems to be a responsibility anymore. In simply terms, light comes, darkness disappears. We need no long effort to chase darkness away, just bring light into the room.
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