But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebels, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? Romans 7:21-24
Let’s not pretend like our sins are OK, because then we will cripple our relationship with God.
The bible says that Holy Spirit is the one who sanctifies, justifies and glorifies us. It is a divine work that God does in us, transforming us into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, which we had before the fall of man. The only requirement for this process to begin, and to become permanent in our lives is coming to God and giving Him constant access into each area of our lives.
The bible says that the power of sin is broken, and we can wonder what? how? It doesn’t feel like it. The power of sin is broken, because it loses it’s power over us: we are no longer slaves. We can always come to come and be cleansed. The Lord does not expect us to continue in deliberate sin, but a contrite and humble heart He will not turn away. Sin does not tear our connection with God, but most of us, lose our connection with God when we accept shame and guilt instead of accepting grace and mercy. Self-condemnation blocks grace from flowing in our lives. I have witnessed many people we stop coming back to God, no matter how many times they may, and fall away. Others return to God after sinning, but pretend like their sins are OK, and even find ways to justify their wrongs. Can we abuse grace? Yes, by living in pride or lack of forgiveness.
Jesus teaches us that we need to forgive others as many times as they needed forgiveness… if they messed up 7 times 70, then we would forgive them 7 times 70. If we were not able to forgive them XX amount of times, then God could not forgive us, XX amount of times. The word also says that if we confess our sins TO GOD, then He is faithful to forgive us. If we need to restored from sin, the book of James tells us to confess to a brother/sister in the faith, a man or woman of fervent prayer so that we may be healed.
Yes, God intends us to stop sinning, but some sin comes from pride in the hearts, aka self love: pretension, falsehood, rebellion, bitterness, rejection.. and in order for these sins to cease, the heart must be transformed (by process). And there are circumstances when addressing sin is not immediate and may take some time, like: addictions, serious and long term relationships, financial relationships in contractual terms, and even those sins that involve others who may disagree with the decision to change courses. Ofcourse, the first step is admitting sin, and deciding to get help: FROM GOD! And even while in sin, remember to come to God’s throne of grace and mercy because He wants to help you.
In one way or another we all continue sinning! And nobody has the self sufficient power to overcome sin, we can only manage sin. I’m glad Paul wrote about the war that all of us live with on a daily basis. Even when we decide to do good, we are not able to do so, simply by will. We may be pretty strong-willed individuals, and even be able to discipline ourselves in many ways but there will always be certain areas or certain times in our lives where we need the supernatural power of God.
Jehovah Jireh, thank you for descending from heaven to become one of us. I thank you that the word became flesh, and that even though we are guilty by association to Adam: you have provided ways for us to remain close to you, in you and with you despite of our shortcomings. I thank you for the book of Romans, and for Romans 7:25 where Paul says that You, Jesus, the wonderful God with us, did the right things before God the father so that we may be justified in His sight. I thank you that as contradictory as we may feel, think or live you are setting things right as long as we continue to present ourselves before you. May your mercy and grace reach us, and may you fight against any and all self condemnation that will cause us to feel unworthy of your love or help. I thank you that grace is never ending, or able to be exhausted: and I pray for everyone struggling with guilt to receive a fresh and complete revelation of grace. I also thank you for the counsel of your Holy Spirit and the counsel of your word. In Jesus name, Amen.