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SIN, but….Victory in Christ

April 29, 2008
I will pray for you and I ask you to pray for me as well.

If you continue to fight sin in your own power, you will fail ! Worse, you will give Satan victory in your life, because while you are paralyzed with your struggle, your eyes are off of Jesus Christ and your opportunities to be a living witness to others will be diminished. Rather than living in victory, you will live in shame and defeat. You will be embarrassed to admit to anyone that you are a Christian or if you do, you’ll be quick to add, “but I’m not a very good Christian,” because you are a prisoner to sin and the guilt of the law. Ultimately, we fail because we deny the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and truly do not understand what it is that he has done for us.

Humankind has already fought the struggle against sin and we have failed. Romans tells us that all have fallen short of the glory of God. All have sinned and that sin seperated us from God. Galatians tells us however, that when Jesus died for us on the cross as the perfect sacrifice, and when we accept that sacrifice, we die with Christ and also share in his resurrection. We become dead to sin and to the law, living instead under the grace of Jesus Christ, and as heirs to God.

There is a common misconception in the Christian church that when we become Christians and we accept Jesus’ sacrifice, that he regenerates our body, that somehow we should be able to live perfect and sinless lives from that point onward. This is untrue. Jesus Christ only regenerates the inward man, not the outward. Our flesh is still infected with sin and will be until we return to the earth as dust. Only in the final resurrection will we receive new and perfect bodies. Great men, both in the Bible and in our Church history struggled with sin until the day they died. The most notable is Paul, who wrote many of the books in the New Testament. We have his famous words in Romans where he speaks of the inward man and the outward and that while his mind wishes to do one thing, his body does another. That even as an Apostle, his flesh was still filled with sin. Paul prayed for God to remove the “thorn in his side,” and there is much debate among religious scholars on what exactly that thorn was, but God’s answer is clear and telling. He told Paul that, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” And that is the answer for all of us as Christians.

The only power that sin has in your life is the power that you give it. We will never be free from our sinful flesh while we live here on this earth. When we try to fight the battle on our own, we will fail and be discouraged. Instead we must realize that the battle has already been won by Jesus Christ. Let us put our eyes and our minds on He who has given us victory. When we trust in our own strength, we will fail, but when we put our trust and faith Him, we will be able to live a victorious life. Not a sinless life, but a victorious one.

Over time, we will discover that many of our desires are changing. That as we grow in our relationship with God, we will give in to temptation less often. This is the by product and not the end result. The problem with many Christians is that they try to make a “sinless life” their end result and it is no wonder they fail. Our goal, our “end result” is to grow closer to God and to align ourselves with His will, and that when we see sin in a distance we like Joseph should run, flee do not give inIf you do get caught up in sin you have an advocate. Jesus paid it all. Admitt your sin and repent. As Donnie Mcklerkin says we fall down but we get back up again. Surround yourself with Christien friends, indulge yourself with Christien activities. Pray , Fast and pray some more. Join a church (this is important, you need to be with God’s people and in a place where you can share your troubles, fears and battles. You need to be in a place where you can serve and learn more about the Lord). Read the living Word of God “that is your weapon in this spiritual battle that we are in” Ephesians 6 tells us that we are in a spiritual battle so put on the full Armour of God

 
 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  

 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

I do not know if I can say it any more simpler or clearer than that.So I will pray for you and you all do likewise for me, but I will pray not that you overcome the lust that is in your flesh, as it is in the flesh of all men, but that you will surrender your will to God and put your faith and trust in Him. Because that is the only path to victory.

God be with you.

Bro. Nixon
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