Do you find yourself struggling with sin , bad habits , or falling for the same devices of the enemy over and over again?
Nevertheless, you know what you are doing is wrong, but it’s hard to stop. So maybe you have given over yourself to that habit. The enemy is telling you there is no hope for you. You will never stop doing that “thing”.
Apostle Paul explains in Romans 7:15-18 what is the cause of the sins we struggle with today.
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”
We are made of Spirit and flesh. It is the spirit of God that dwells in us. God breathed life into us. Then there is our flesh the body that houses the spirit man. So our flesh and spirit are at war every day. Each day we wake up, we have a choice to decide who we listen to.
My Pastor once said, “whichever one you want to win (spirit or flesh), that is the one you feed.”
Paul struggled with doing what was right in the sight of God. It’s not that he did not desire to do good. He wanted to do good. I’m sure you along with every child of God want to live a life of Holiness and Righteousness.
I believe every child of God desires to please God. However, our flesh sometimes wins the battle. Sin is something that has to be suppressed. We are from the genealogy of Adam and Eve. It’s in our Adamic nature. But there is HOPE for us.
Our hope lies in Christ Jesus. He is very much aware of the trials we go through. The Lord understands how our flesh works. But Jesus died daily to His flesh. Satan tempted Him. Jesus faced everything we are facing today. But He overcame them… and so can we!
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Jesus came to undo the sin that was committed in the Garden between Adam and Eve.
He left us a comforter the (Holy Spirit) who enables us to do the things our flesh cannot do. The Holy Spirit dwells in us, and we must rely on it to guide us.
The Holy Spirit helps us to maintain our salvation. We don’t have to backslide every second because we’re struggling with the same sins. The Holy Spirit will keep us; He is our sustainer.
We often struggle because we don’t listen or rely on the Holy Spirit. We fall victim to our flesh. But our flesh must die daily. The stronger the spirit is, less room there will be for our flesh to get in the way.
If you feel weak, remember the Lord said in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
You can overcome every sin with the help of Christ. He is there to strengthen us when we are weak.