December 26, 2014

Romans 7: 24-25: 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Why do we continue to sin? Why do we struggle and remain in the same cycle of sin? Why do we continue to live as if His submission to the Father’s Will to be our payment for sin is not enough to cover all of our sin, but only a few of them? Why do we cling to that secret sin in our lives believing it our area of refuge when times become difficult? Why do we blame our environment for our tendencies to commit the same sin over and over? Why do we allow ourselves to remain a victim of our circumstances and not trust in the Lord? Why do we not accept responsibility for our lack of faith and continue to point the finger of blame at everyone and everything but ourselves?

Read this account in Genesis 3:

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.  8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”  10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

We have been pointing the finger at all things since the beginning. We are not willing to take responsibility for our choosing to sin. We always have a choice, and we always have a way out of temptation. This is a promise from the Father. His Spirit is ever present within us, waiting to lend us the strength we need to overcome this world and the sinful flesh that still entraps us.

Christ’s death provided victory over our sin. This victory is not only available when we die or are called up when He returns, it is available to us now, today. His payment is sufficient for our past sins, present sins and future sins. Take hold of this truth and praise God that we do not have to sin anymore. This does not mean we won’t. This means we do not need to believe we are a victim of our circumstances anymore. He is the Lord of our circumstances. He is Lord of our lives. He is the Lord God Almighty who will give to us everything we need to overcome this world because Jesus has already defeated this world.

Turn to God and repent of our excuses and weakness, and let Him show us how to live a life of victory.

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