If you are a Christian, then the old you, your old self, has been crucified with Christ. That means he is gone, finished, obliterated, and obsolete (Rom. 6:3, 6, 11, 18, 22; Gal. 2:20). If you are a Christian, then you do not want to live a life of sin (1 John 3:8-9). This is true because God’s seed is planted in you. Those are truths about you documented in God’s word. However, we have an easier time believing in what the Bible records about Heaven, which we have not seen, than we do believing what it says about our old self and our relationship to sin. I believe that is due to the fact that we still manifest sin in our lives, so it is difficult for us to believe what God says about our true nature.
We must remember that Satan is a deceiver (Revelation 12:9). He is the father of lies (John 8:44). One huge deception he will work in your life is for you to believe you want to sin. He wants you to believe the real you, the new creation in Christ, desires the sin when you are tempted. What you must come to terms with is the new you does not desire to sin because you now know the Lord, and His seed rests in your heart (Hebrews 8:11; 1 John 3:9). When you experience a temptation, that does not mean you really want it. But, if Satan deceives you to believe the real you does, it will be far easier to give in to the trap. Just because you hear the thought “I know I should not do this, but it is too hard to resist” does not mean it is originating from YOU!
Satan is seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8-9). If he can deceive you into thinking you still desire to sin, he will devour you as much as he can. He wants you to believe you are still the same old you. He wants you to believe you will never be a “good Christian”. He wants you to feel as defeated as he possibly can even though Christ has won the victory! An eagle will never try to fly if it believes itself to be a penguin. Likewise, you will not enjoy the salvific benefits given you in Christ if you believe the lie that you are still the same old you. Satan will keep you grounded even though Christ set you free to soar!
The ideas for engaging in sin may not originate from you, but the choice is yours to believe and obey the lies. You are responsible for believing truth as well as lies. You cannot blame the Devil for choosing to distrust what God says is true about you. If Satan used scripture to try and deceive Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11), he will use whatever incorrect beliefs and conclusions about yourself to deceive you. Remember, the real you does not want to sin. Satan is deceiving you to believe you do. next week we will address how law excites the force of sin in your life. Many times it is the rules we set for ourselves that can become our own undoing. Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil, and He succeeded (1 John 3:8)!