The Reality of Sin

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As much as we try to resist temptation, the fact is each one of us was born a sinner. Romans 3:23 states:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

The good news:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

God sent his Son into the world to overcome sin and, ultimately, death. Romans 5:8 states:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

At times, it may seem like we cannot resist the lure of sin. But we must remember that, as 1 Corinthians 10:13 states:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Sometimes it is so hard to overcome a particular sin. We may be tempted continually. We find ourselves asking, "Why does this keep coming back - even when I resist?" The Apostle Paul gives us some insight in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10:

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's  power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

No matter how much we are tormented by the devil, we must remember that God has an awesome plan for our lives - a plan we may not yet fully understand. As Romans 8:28 reminds us:

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

As Ephesians 6 states, we must put on the full armor of God - not just part of it. God's word is an awesome and powerful weapon, but it is only one of the resources he has provided for our battle against temptation. We should also pray, live in accountability with other believers,  and avoid the people, places, or situations that may tempt us. 

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." (1 Corinthians 15:33)

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20)

Last, but not least, never forget what the Bible tells us in Luke 18:27:

Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

Go fight the good fight. Never give up. And remember that this life is just the beginning - for one day the faithful will spend eternity in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. He will wipe every tear from your eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (1 Corinthians 2:9, Revelation 21:4)

Stay faithful. Look forward to the day when you will stand before our heavenly Father, seated at the throne of grace, where he will welcome you into his kingdom by saying,  "Well done, good and faithful servant!"