Sin is no longer your master, what a promise! Our lives are full of choices, some are small and don’t mean too much and some other choices can affect the rest of our lives. I have come to believe that even though the big choices we face are indeed big and deserve alot of thought and prayer, it’s the small choices that can affect us, spiritually at least, the most.
The Problem of Sin
The problem of sin (and the temptation to sin), is that it’s everywhere. Now, we have more at our fingertips than any other generation before us. Through the internet, we can spend all day fulfilling our desires. Whether it be looking at porn or watching a church sermon. We each have the daily choices of what we do and do not look at, think about, and say. It’s those small choices, made everyday, several times each day, in the comfort of our homes or when we think no one is looking, that shapes who we are.
How does something we do in secret shape who we are? I have first hand experience with this. Before I came to Christ, I used to look at porn on the internet, several times a week. Looking at those women in that way, shaped my view on each and every woman I would see in public. I viewed them as sexual creatures and usually nothing more. My mind was twisted into this perversion of never looking at a woman’s heart or personality, but always at her body. This of course, spilled out into every relationship I had with women, whether it be a friend or something more. I kept thinking about all women in the same way. God was faithful and continues to be faithful to my prayers for His help. He can help you from sinning against Him.
At some point, sin goes from a daily decision to something that stays with you and begins to take root in your heart. In Matthew 15:19, we see that everything sinful comes from your heart. Your desire for something, hatred, lying, stealing, even your own thoughts about those things can take a hold of you.
In the Light or in the Dark?
We all have a tendency to hide our sins from each other and as foolish as it sounds, from God. In John 3:19 we see that the Light (Jesus) has come into the world but people prefer the darkness because it hides their sins. Light exposes our sins and lays it all out for us to see. We should take a spotlight to our hearts (Psalm 139:23-24) and expose our sins to God, asking Him to help us and forgive us. He is faithful to do so. In 1 John 1:7, it says that if we walk in the light, where Christ is, we are cleansed from every sin.
The good news is that through Christ, we can overcome temptation and sin. Jesus Christ came to take away our sin (John 1:29). The Bible mentions how Christians are no longer slaves to sin in several different ways. Why? Because God knows that we each face daily decisions and a temptations. It’s a constant battle. Even though it’s a battle, it’s easily won if we place our trust in Christ.
The truth is, if you believe in Jesus Christ, you are dead to sin (Romans 6:2, Romans 6:11, 1 Peter 2:24). It no longer has a hold on you like it did before. You have the power to say no and make a conscious decision to not give in to temptation and sin. In Romans 6:14, 18 we see that sin is no longer your master. Instead, we are set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Through Christ, we now have the authority to stop sinning and start living in righteousness!
How can we avoid sin? (Sin is no longer your master!)
First, God and God alone can forgive us of our sins. (Mark 2:7, Luke 7:48, Micah 7:18, Daniel 9:9, Exodus 34:7) Because He is the only one who can forgive us our sins, He is also the only one who can help us with our sins.
- - Christians should pray for God to help us with our temptations and sin. God is very interested in helping us with our sins because it creates a barrier between us and Him. It is important to mention that God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16-19), not the sinner. Because God desires a relationship with each person, we can pray for Him to deliver us from sin (Matthew 6:13), to forgive our sins (Luke 11:4), to keep us from sin (Psalm 19:13), and for us to know what sins we have (Job 13:23).
- - Reading the Bible on a daily basis can help us stay away from sin. When we immerse ourselves with His Word, we are filling our minds with the right things. We are called to keep our minds clear of sin and focus on things that are good and pleasing to God (Philippians 4:8)
- - Keep away from the temptations in your life. Again, you have to make a conscious decision and stay away from the things you know are your weakness. We all know the major things we have a hard time with. Stay away!
- - Practice, practice, practice! While God helps us, we have to make the decision to stop whatever it is that we keep doing. God’s grace is renewed every single day for us. So while we are trying to make the correct choices each day we know that God’s grace covers up our occasional mistake.
God’s desire is to shape you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ. It happens throughout your life and usually not a quick fix. God is with you and continually working on His masterpiece, YOU! And remember, sin is no longer your master!