“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7 ESV
There’s no doubt each and every one of us struggles with sin. From the moment we were conceived we inherited our sinful, fallen nature. So as Christians, how do we fight the daily battle against sin? How can we be free from the torment due to our transgressions against God? The Gospel gives us hope that all sin, even the most unforgivable sins, can be both forgiven and subdued…but because of sin’s powerful grip on our lives, we must be vigilant in our struggle against it.
Our sole purpose in life as Christians is to glorify God in everything we do. We must hate the things he hates, and love the things he loves. If we do not understand the magnitude of our sin, if we are not disgusted by it’s grossness, if we continue to justify it time after time—we probably will never fully come to the point of destroying it. The first step in killing sin and fighting the daily battle is to grieve over the destruction it causes. Sin repels the light of truth and runs to the darkness of falsehood; it is appears to be enticing, but in the end, sin causes despair and a deep darkness that will never bring true joy.
In the Gospel, there is freedom from sin and shame. To truly kill our continued sin, we need to know God has not given up on us—He knows our deepest struggles and our darkest desires. And it’s in those moments where an abundance of grace is found. He gives us the power beyond ourselves with which to fight, and in his Son, we find the promise of a superior, everlasting joy—a joy that sin can never fully live up to.
Father, thank You for hope in Your Son… thank You that I no longer am a slave to sin, but a bondservant of Christ. Help me in my daily battle against sin, learning to hate the things you hate and love the things you love. Mold me into the woman you want me to be, and allow me to see the sins that consume my life.
What sins have been prevalent in your life lately? Pray that God would give you the strength to overcome them. Meditate on this quote from Charles Spurgeon: “As far as God is concerned your sin has ceased to be. He laid it on Jesus Christ your substitute, and he took it and bore the penalty of it — nay the thing itself; he as your scapegoat, carried your sin right away, and it is lost in the wilderness of forgetfulness.”