I’ve been reading the book of Romans, and lets just say Apostle Paul goes in hard about sin.
“For if you life according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13 (NKJV)
Sin “an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law”
Let us clear up one major issue before we go any further, sin is sin, equal in measure and ungodly from the foundation. No sin is greater or worse than another.
It can be easy to get lost in sin, to find yourself doing things you shouldn’t be doing but really not being determined enough to fully stop, or not even knowing how to stop.
The story of the prodigal son helps illustrates my point. He took his inheritance and left for a distant land, where he now felt free enough to do what his sinful body wanted him to do, away from the watchful eye of his father. That’s what many of us do, we pull away from the things of God, sever our relationship with God so that we can do what our sinful body wants us to do.
The body and the spirit are two entities that are constantly fighting each other. And the only way to overcome sin is to die to the flesh (this does not mean cutting up your body), but rather not indulging in the things the flesh desires, but indulging in things that will strengthen and uplift your spirit. One great example of this is someone who is lustful, they listen to trey songs and watch explicit movies and programs daily; guess what? they will continue to battle with that sin because the music and programs they are watching feed the body and the lustful spirit that our sinful body desires.
One thing that always used to bug and frustrate me is, if I am born in sin how can I then live a sinless life. The answer, YOU can’t. It is the holy spirit that empowers you to live a sinless life, it is through constant feeding of the spirit man that you are able to live a sinless life. What do I mean by feeding? The common response is reading your bible and praying (this is definitely what you should be doing), but if you are not at that level, and have not acquired that level of discipline, start simple; listen to uplifting music, watch christian movies.
I’ll give one example of this, my daughter isn’t a particularly horrible child (I joke, she’s a good kid), but at a stage she started displaying a rebellious streak, and anybody who knows me wells, knows that I am supper strict with her, but I was loosing control. The tantrums were getting worse and I didn’t know what to do.
Then God revealed to me how what we watch can affect our spirit man; she loves Peppa pig (I despise it, though it is a bit interesting), and alot of the misbehaving was what Peppa Pig had done on TV; so one day I discover Vegetales on Netflicks (anyone brought up in the church knows, if not google it), that was the day thinks started to change.
Ordinarily, we would pray every morning and night, she’s not a morning child so I usually wake her up with song (check out Music Monday’s for a list of our loved songs), but one morning I woke her up and before I had even started the music, she started singing “Yes, Jesus loves me”. I couldn’t believe it only after a few days of watch Christian based programs she was starting to acknowledge and radiate the love of Jesus, she was better behaved and kinder. Can you believe it took one small change in one tiny persons life to see such a massive effect; so can you imagine the effect it would have on us when we change the things around us….
“For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:8 (AMP)