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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Running From Sin to God"

Date published: 09/22/2014
1 John 3:6 “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” (NIV) 

   The concept of sin among Christians is often understood differently by Christians and non-Christians. Can you be a Christian and sin? Is assigning the label hypocrite to a sinner who is a Christian fair? Are there different levels of sin? If you have a new heart and a new spirit, why do you sin? The questions on sin are numerous and difficult unless interpreted in light of Christ’s sacrificial death that paid the price for your sin, so that you can not only be righteous, but you can also live righteously through the Holy Spirit. Your journey as a Christian begins as a new creation with a new heart that is empowered and led by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:54 says, “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’" (NIV) 

   More than anything else, God desires an intimate relationship with you. The phrase, “In Him,” is critical to understanding the featured verse. When you live your life out of your relationship with Christ, you do not continue willfully sinning. Your love and relationship with Christ produces a heart that desires the things of God and abhors evil. Repetitious sin should be a red flag that says one of two things: You do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or the intimacy of your relationship is so shallow that your experience with God can produce nothing. Romans 8:6-7 directs those who know Christ towards the work of the Holy Spirit for victory over sin, “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.” (NIV) 

   God did not save you to live life battling sin, but to allow you to experience freedom and victory over sin by the Holy Spirit. Our old man does have a continuing propensity to sin, but Christ in you gives you the capacity for victory! The key is more of Christ in you, so that your lower nature is consumed by Christ in you. Do not become fixated on sin; be fixated on Christ. That’s why Romans 13:12b says, “So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”(NIV) The armor of light is: Preaching the gospel to yourself on who Christ is and what He did (and does) for you; reading the Bible, holding to God’s promises; memorizing Scriptures in areas of challenge; prayer; fasting; strengthening yourself through fellowship with believers; confession; and any spiritual disciplines God has cultivated in your life.  

Romans 13:14 “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (NIV) 


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