So much said in Christianity sounds more like victim language than empowered language. How often do we belive we are controlled by sin? How often have we felt desperate, discouraged, wasted and helpless because we keep failing in the same sins repeatedly? Don’t we encourage this thinking in our attempts to comfort one another? You know, we say things like: “I know. So many of us struggle with it.” We have no answer except work harder, try harder, pray harder, abstain more, etc.
Don’t you ever get tired? The longer you live as a Christian you either deny you have struggles in order to rejoice or continue to spiral downward because of the victories of the flesh. You may not spiral downward, but you stay on the same hamster wheel trying and trying, but never getting anywhere.
But, what if that vicious cycle is a lie? What if we believed the truth that we can overcome?
“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14, ESV
Who has dominion? Is it your flesh, or is it God? Who will win? If you keep rehearsing the lie that it will never get better, keep beating yourelf up because all your self-effort failed, then what role does God play? Do we believe all God secured for us was forgiveness? Did God not do more than that? Does God not reveal in Romans that under grace sin does not have dominion over us???
Instead of following the Deceiver’s lies about the power of sin, why not rehearse the truth of God’s promises? Give it a shot. Do you trust the truth of God over the failure of your own self-effort? Trust me, God is way greater than any of your failures.
Do you think we talk as if we are as helpless against sin as the world?
Do you think our self-efforts resulting in failure make it harder to believe God can do in our lives what we cannot on our own?
How does the truth of Romans 6:14 impact you?