Sin and My Heart, Part Two

October 27, 2009

There is another issue I have with sin and my heart.  It’s an issue I see in my heart, and in many others.  It’s when we let sin win the battle.

Basically it’s giving up.  There are so many reasons for this.

Our flesh is weak.

Sin brings pleasure.

We have been tricked.

Or we just don’t care.

I can’t tell you how many times I will be talking with someone who has given up on ceasing a particular sin.  Or talks about the sin like it is just another part of their life that they can’t get rid of.  People who claim to be Children of God.  People who I have thought and still think are Children of God.

What has happened?

Why do we do this?

It’s because we can’t win the battle. We cannot conquer sin.  We cannot overcome it.

This idea bothers me. I would like to have credit for when I don’t sin, or for when I resist a temptation.  But when I look at the points in my life where I have resisted sin and temptation, I can see that it was only by God working in and through me.

I feel like too many of us have given up on a particular sin.  Do you realize that that is just the place you need to be at?

When you get to that point and realize that God is the only one who can conquer the sin in your life then that’s is when sin is going to start being conquered in your life.

That’s the place where you’ll come to God and say

I need You to protect me from this sin.  I need you to fill me so full of your spirit when temptation comes that it will be the Christ in me resisting that temptation, and conquering that sin.  I need You to be my savior.

So what are you going to do when you give up?

Are you just going to continue in that sin, because of the benefits to the flesh it brings? Are you going to just allow it to be part of your life? Are you just going let it be a part of you?

Or are you going to realize that Christ is in you? Are you going to realize that you have to ask Him to win the battle for you?

What are you going to do?

I hope that I can ask God to protect me from sin.

Because the alternative makes sin your God.  It keeps you on a path walking further from God.  Making it so hard to have a relationship with him.

Until we call upon Him.

Where do you want to be?

A place protected by the Creator of the Universe?

or

A place where you forget sin is sin? And a place where you think sin is part of you?

As for me, I need to be in a place where I ask God to protect me from sin, every day.  I need to ask God everyday.  Because even on my good days, I can’t truly conquer sin on my own.


 

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4 Responses to “Sin and My Heart, Part Two”

  1. Brittney said

    I really love your last line:

    “Because even on my good days, I can’t truly conquer sin on my own.”

    It’s going up on my wall. 🙂

  2. Brian said

    These are some very good points, Anthony.

    I think the question you raise concern the reality of the redemption. Redemption is not only a home for the next life, nor is it exclusively for the eschaton – the “end times”. It is the hope of every day life, here and now. There are graces that are real, that we can draw from, in our day-to-day lives. We can begin the experience those graces – the graces of redemption – today. It will be fulfilled in the next life, in the end times, but it can begin here and now.

    I would encourage to read the letter I posted in my last blog, because it actually addresses these very same issues.

    Thank you for post, Anthony. I enjoy reading your experiences as a Christian. “Heart speaks to heart!”

    -Brian

    http://www.christiancatholicroots.blogspot.com

  3. I think sin is a way that we deny the fact that we are saved from it. (Basically I’m saying I agree.) Take looking in a mirror for example. We can believe the lies that we are not beautiful, or we can rejoice in God’s creation. I think the believing those lies is sin. Sin is a creeper.

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