Freedom From Sin
You have the power to live free from sin! Sin can have a significant impact on how you grow spiritually, and I will show you through the Bible the power that we have over sin. We couldn’t deal with growing spiritually without talking about sin.
Is it possible for us as believers to live free from sin? Now that doesn’t mean that you will never sin again, no, but it does mean that sin will not control and dominate your life.
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Freedom From Sin Verses
The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So, God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and savior sin loses its control over you according to the Bible because we now follow the Spirit instead of the flesh or our sinful nature.
It goes on to say…
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
Here Paul shows two categories of people, those that are dominated by their sinful nature and those that are controlled by the Holy Spirit. I thank Jesus every day for dying for us because without His death and resurrection we would all be in the category that is dominated by sinful nature.
When we are controlled by the Holy Spirit, we lead a life of peace but being controlled by our sinful nature leads to death, which alone should help each of us to stay away from sin.
We need to consciously decide to follow the way of the Lord by searching His Word and choosing to follow His guidelines.
You may encounter some situations that have you a little confused as to what the right decision is but ask the Holy Spirit to direct you and He will, He will never steer you the wrong way, you just must be willing to listen, obey, and choose not to sin.
What Does It Mean To Have Freedom From Sin?
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Hiding the Word or keeping the Word of God in our hearts can help you to stop sinning, but it’s not enough just to know it but also to obey it and put it to practice in your life.
This is why reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God is so important, they are a vital part of your spiritual growth.
You can use the Word of God as a guide for all you do, and if you follow it that can show you how to overcome sin.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
In this verse, Paul mentions 3 characteristics that God has given to us through the Holy Spirit…power, love, and self-discipline.
When I read this verse, I look at it this way, I have the power to overcome anything that the enemy sends my way, and that includes the temptation to sin. Just because there is temptation doesn’t mean that you must give into it.
Also, I have self-discipline or self-control that I can say no to committing that sin.
Yes, we have the Holy Spirit to help us, but it takes action on our part. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us, but it is up to us to follow that direction.
He will not force us to do anything because we all have free will. He can show us the right way, but we must be disciplined enough to follow.
The enemy knows our weakness, so that is what he will use to try to get us to sin. But we need to realize that we have the power to overcome that temptation and we have freedom from sin.
Do you know how I see it? If you truly love God, you will want to please him and obey him. I don’t want my actions to be disappointing to God. Because of my love for him, I want to please Him in all ways and that means that my flesh will no longer be in control, my spirit must be in control because the flesh is always at odds with God.
Just like I read in Romans chapter 8, the sinful nature has never pleased God and it never will, so we need to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
That means there may be some things that we do, or places we go, or things that we watch that we will have to deny ourselves to be pleasing to God and that all boils down to having self-control and being disciplined by choosing not to sin.
How To Avoid Temptation Of Sin
Well, maybe you want to know how to stop sinning or how to stop habitual sin. As I mentioned earlier it's self-control and following the Spirit. Set boundaries, if you know that there are things that you watch on TV that you shouldn’t put a lock on those channels.
If there are certain temptations that you face when you go to certain places, then stop going to those places, don’t deliberately put yourself in a position that you know the enemy can trap you in. I know what I am saying may not be what you want to hear but it all boils down to us.
What are we willing to do to live a life free from sin? Sometimes we need to remove ourselves from people, places, or things that were put there to bring us down. That’s how you can stop sinning and how to stop sinning the same sin.
If you’re struggling with sin, talk to God, tell Him about your struggle He will help you, but I guess the point that I am trying to drive home is that it must take effort on your part. God isn’t going to make you stop sinning. When you accepted Jesus, He empowered you to overcome sin in your life.
You should rejoice because you already have what you need to live free from sin, you have freedom from the power of sin!
Free From Sin Verse
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.
9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
How Did Jesus Free Us From Sin?
Those verses are so uplifting it’s telling us, now that we belong to Christ we are not slaves to sin, we are dead to sin because Jesus broke the power of sin over your life…we are alive through Christ Jesus.
Don’t let the enemy lie to you and tell you that you are too weak to overcome whatever the sin may be that you are struggling with. Resist him, tell him to shut up and leave, he was already defeated by Jesus on the cross and he has no power over you.
I pray that you have been encouraged and you now see that you can live a life free from sin. This series gave you a few steps to spiritual growth and I hope that you will start taking these steps. Watch as your relationship with the Lord grows and you begin to see a change in your life.
Do you now see how you can live in freedom from sin?
Prayer For Salvation
Jesus come into my heart. I turn my back on sin and I repent, and I trust in you. I confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I accept by faith the free gift of salvation in Jesus’ name Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, then you are saved, congratulations and welcome to the family of God. I will give you the advice that my pastor gave to us…pray, you need to pray which is talking to God, that is how you build your relationship with Him.
He loves you and cares about everything that concerns you. Read your Bible every day, find a Bible-believing church and attend, and last tell someone that you are saved.
I pray that the Lord would give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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