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Help, I Keep Sinning

Have you been struggling with sin and the guilt that results from it despite numerous attempts at setting things right with God? If yes, be encouraged because you are not alone. Many people who struggle with habitual sins believe that they are the only Christians struggling and that their continuous failures mean they are not worthy to be called children of God.  

These are false beliefs meant to derail you from diligently seeking God. The truth is that every Christian fights against sin, and most of us have at least one sin that presents a lifelong struggle, a flaw that causes us to learn the same tired and sometimes painful lessons over and over again. 

Wonderful Counselor

Come to think of it, would an unbeliever have such fears? Probably not. If you love God and wish to be with Him, you will definitely find Him despite the dark cloud of your failures. He is a merciful God, a wonderful counselor, and a loving Father who does not bring judgment down on those who believe and trust in Him.

The Gospel of John states: 

“For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

John 3:17-18 

A Glass Filled with Mud

Think of a glass filled with mud. If you try to wipe the mud out of the glass with your hand, a lot of mud will be left behind. However, if you put the glass under a running tap, all the mud will eventually be cleared away. Your mind is like that glass. When you try to scoop sin out with your own hands, you’ll fail. 

As soon as you place your mind under the clear flowing water of the scripture, the mud gradually gets washed away. Paul sums this up very well when he says, 

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 

In your battle to overcome sin, fear looms as your biggest enemy. Sin produces fear when you do not fully trust that Jesus Christ’s righteousness is enough to save you. On the cross, our Lord declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30)—by that declaration, you are free and free indeed.  

When You Surrender to Christ 

The beauty of it all is that when you surrender to Christ, the desire to sin decreases. He gradually cleans out all the mud and replaces it with His grace, as well as His word, promises, guidance, and self-control. Simply put, when you let Jesus take charge, He raises you to new and higher standards through which you will have authority over sin.  

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, he writes:

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

Romans 6:14

Going forward, always remember that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price to redeem you from every sin. Forget about the times you’ve slipped, and refocus your mind on Him. Let the water of His Spirit fill you, flow through you, and make you whole again. Remember that your life and spirituality are His work, and trust Him—because He is trustworthy, and will not let you fall.

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