Walk By The Spirit To Overcome Sin
“ I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
One of the biggest misconceptions of non-believers, and even Christians who just don’t know any better, is that none of us have the ability to remove sin from ourselves–no matter how hard we try. Sin is a parasite in our flesh–like a splinter. It’s not us, but it is in us, in our physical bodies. This is why Paul said:
“but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.” (Romans 7:23, my emphasis added).
Paul’s members are his hands, feet, and lips–his body. The law he is referring to is the power of sin, not the Mosaic Law. Just like gravity is a law that keeps us connected to this planet, sin is a law that is connected to our flesh. You can’t see gravity and you can’t see sin, but both effect us humans every second of our fleshy lives.
However, we, as Christians, are not of the flesh but of the Spirit. Paul tried to explain this epiphany to the Romans when he said:
“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit…” (See Romans 8:9, my emphasis added)
So until we shed this shell and get a new body–one which is not effected by this law of sin–sin will always be an option that is ready and available for us to choose from. This is why you can be sitting in a room all by yourself and have a sinful thought; nobody even tempted you or said anything, yet, there it is: sin.
Like gravity, the law of sin is not the problem. Someone who commits suicide can’t blame gravity for jumping off a bridge and killing themselves. They chose that–gravity didn’t. So sin, when it presents itself to us, we must simply not act on it. When we choose to act on the power of sin, we bring it to life. Again, like gravity is a power, sin is a power as well because it is pushing at you at all times. The power of sin was introduced in the very first book of the Bible:
“…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (see Genesis 4:7)
Do you see that? Do you see that sin is an it? Do you see that it is an entity in itself? It is crouching, ready to pounce. And do you also see what we must do?…RULE OVER IT! How do we rule over it since it is a part of our physical being, like a tumor in our bodies which won’t go away while we are still alive?
First, we must accept Christ as our Savior so we can receive our new spirits (see Romans 6:6, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20); afterwards, we must walk by our perfect, sin-free spirits. Our focus shouldn’t be on continually knocking off the barnacle of sin, but instead, on being ourselves.
Christ in us has defeated the power of sin, and now we must simply be our true selves–a branch connected to Jesus who is the vine! (See John 15:5). This is the only way! After listing off what our lives will look like as we choose to walk by our flesh, or by the Spirit of Christ in us, Paul tells the Galatians:
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16, my emphasis added)
As you can see, our focus shouldn’t be on constantly battling sin–which is in the members of our flesh–but instead, our focus should be on being who we really are inside: Children of God! (See John 1:12).
So today, my friends, know this: Refocus on who you are in spirit! You are sinless! You are holy, blameless, and blemish free! (See Colossians 1:22). Over time, as you realize this truth, you will see that the power of sin has no part of your true identity! So be you today, and sin won’t stand a chance!
A prayer for you: Good morning Lord! What a beautiful day you’ve given me! I want to thank you for the sound of singing, excited birds outside my window! How wonderful it is to hear their enthusiasm for this brand new day. Give me that same enthusiasm to spread your good news as I walk out my identity today. Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who have been lied to about what Jesus has done for them in their spirits–which is make them brand new–I ask that you renew their minds with your grace. Help them to focus on their spiritual perfection so they will be able to overcome the sin of this world. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
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