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Why do I still sin?

I was looking at my blog stats this morning.  Someone out there searched for:

“accepted christ why do i still sin?”

I thought it would be good to talk about this a little bit this morning.  I suppose the short answer is because you are still human.  Beyond that, satan wants you back.  I don’t know a single believer in Christ who doesn’t struggle with sin on a daily basis.  Simply accepting Christ as your personal Savior isn’t enough.  It’s not like some magic pill that magically takes away your desire to keep sinning.  (It does take away your sin…washes you white as snow).  Part of following Christ is literally following him.  It’s about learning to be like him, even though you never can be exactly like him.  He was/is perfect, but you are sinful by nature.   

You will continue to sin.  God doesn’t want you to, but he looks at your heart.  He knows that you struggle with it.  He knows if you have a repentant heart.  He knows if your sin troubles you, or if you still secretly want to live in it and with it. 

So, how do you move on?

Pray.  Pray for forgiveness from your past sins, and pray that God will deliver you from situations where you will be tempted.  Pray for wisdom and discernment. Pray for strength in every situation. 

Decide.  Decide that you want to live for God.  This means you have to exercise self control and discipline.  If you know you are struggling with a particular sin, make sure you don’t put yourself in situations where you likely sin.  Frankly, this has to be an all consuming process, because satan wants to creep in when you least expect it. 

Choose. Choose to live by the fruits of the Spirit.  You can choose hatred or love.  You can choose to be forceful and demanding or you choose to be gentle and kind.  You can choose to complain or you can choose to be patient.  You can choose to be angry or you can choose joy.  You can choose to live in your sin or you can choose to turn from it and live for God.  You have to make this choice every day.

One Response

  1. I haven’t been here in a while – really busy these days. I heard Paul Washer (I am pretty sure) say that although we have a new nature, it resides in a ‘sin trained’ body of flesh.

    However, as believers, we are no longer under bondage to sin. As you say – we have a choice.

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