A Common Misconception

Many believe that the process of continued redemption results in individuals getting stronger and stronger in themselves to be able to say “no” to sin and do God’s will. Instead, it is the exact opposite. We are supposed to get stronger and stronger in learning to trust, rely and depend on God, and realize more and more how weak we are within ourselves to say “no” to sin. Most of my life, I evaluated what my desires were in order to see how they lined up with what I believed to be the right desires. Then, I set out to act according to what I thought was right, not realizing that without the help of the Holy Spirit I was powerless to do so. I did know I needed His help, but didn’t know HOW that worked. So, I would ask Him to help while striving in my own strength to live properly. Colossians 2:20-23 discusses the very way I have tried to serve God (Col. 2:22). How I was living and what I was doing had “a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body”, but “not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh” (Col. 2:23). This ascetic view of living, provided no deliverance and freedom from the sin nature. It was simply practicing behavior modification to act like a Christian, even though inside I still lusted and desired things of this world. Jesus Christ died in order to FIX the sin problem! That doesn’t mean a christian will ever be morally perfect on this side of heaven. That doesn’t mean I cannot be tempted to sin. Temptation will always be around us. What that does mean, is that the sin within us (evil desire) does not have to dominate our hearts and minds while we live here on earth (Rom 6:14). God’s plan of redemption allows a Believer to experience freedom and deliverance from the sin natures’ rule within our hearts. That is the GREATEST PART OF THE STORY OF THE BIBLE!!! We can live free from being a slave to sin, and instead live life in undivided devotion to our Redeemer! Our Redeemer died that He might live in us and through us, as long as we keep our Faith in His finished work (Gal. 3:19-21).