Sin and Us

Those who have not opened their lives to Christ are in slavery to sin. The degree of slavery may vary in people but it is definitely slavery. They cannot stop sinning altogether; mostly, they can’t keep from a lot of sinning. What about those of us who do know Jesus as Savior and Lord? I suspect that many think that they are unable to make much progress in overcoming sin. Christians tend to two extreme views on this matter. 1. We can and should know what has been called: “sinless perfection.” 2. It’s always going to be a battle between our old and new natures; sometimes, one winning; sometimes the other winning. What, then, did Paul mean when he was inspired to write Romans 6:2: “….How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” John, in I John 3:9, wrote: “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” Without going into all the theological ramifications involved, let me try to put it in basic terms. Being genuinely converted, sinning can no longer be the habit of our lives. Righteousness is now our way of life. So, do we coast along doing the best we can? Absolutely not! There should and can and must be progress in holiness of heart and life. How, then, can we experience this? Assuming an authentic conversion, we love God and are motivated to please and honor Him. Therefore we will pray, study, and obey and apply His Word. We will exercise our wills, depending on God’s strength, to resist evil and submit to God. We will refuse to give in to sinful desires, regardless of their emotional pull. Our wills are strengthened by ever increasing fellowship with God. Walking closely with God, we gain ground, Spiritually, from the day we are born again until we reach Heaven, Even with setbacks and failures, we will grow more and more victorious. Cyrus S. Nusbaum’s hymn: “His Way with Thee,” underscores this way of life:Would you have Him make you free, and follow at His call? Would you know the peace that comes by giving all?  Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall?  Let Him have His way with thee.” Selah! Increasing freedom from sin is realized as our lives become more and more deeply fixed on Him. This is wonderful freedom!  Ron

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