Why do I keep struggling with the same old sins?
January 13, 2011
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If God has the power to create me, why He doesn’t have the power to remake me? Why do I keep struggling with the same sin? Why can’t God change me so I don’t want to do this?
Let’s begin with three simple words and how they relate to sin in a follower of Jesus. (I am in debt to my mentor, Keith Drury, for these concepts.)
- CAPACITY – every human being has a moral responsibility to choose obedience to God over sin. As long as you and I live in this world we will have the ability to sin. That’s why the recovering addict must constantly fight to remain sober. (Addicts are not the only ones who fight against sin. However, their struggles with addictive behaviors reveal sin’s power to control and to destroy a person’s life.)
- INCLINATION – each individual has a unique mix of sins that he or she is prone to do. God’s grace is strong enough to help us overcome even “the sin that so easily entangles” us (Hebrews 12:1 NIV). That’s why an addict who’s been sober for a long time does not want to go back to his or her addiction.
- PRACTICE – it’s the doing of sin that disrupts our relationships with God and each other. God’s grace is strong enough to forgive our sins and to deliver us from the practice of sin. That’s why an addict can recover and remain sober for years.
What do these three words have to do with your struggle with the old sins? I’m glad you asked. You will always struggle against temptation in this life. God will not release you from that battle until you follow Jesus into heaven. Your struggle against the sins you are prone to do will be even more intense. But you can win with God’s help. He can make you so sick of the sin it loses its appeal. Finally, God’s grace can keep you from sinning. His grace can help you keep on choosing to obey God.
Victory over sin and temptation is not instantaneous or automatic. It takes time and hard work on your part, just ask a recovering addict. So, confess your sins, your frustrations and your need for God’s help. Keep fighting and never give up. God’s grace is sufficient. You will overcome.