WHY DO WE SIN?

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WHY DO WE SIN?

We all know that these words are true,

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8

“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:10

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

“No one is good but One, that is, God.” Mark 10:18

So have you ever stopped to think why it is we sin? How is it that despite knowing what is right, what pleases God, we find it so difficult to do right? Indeed, I am sure that many of us can identify with Paul’s description of his own walk of faith.

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.” Romans 7:15 [MSG]

“But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?” Romans 7:17-24 [MSG]

Actually, the answer is very simple; and the solution, even simpler. But let us first see why we sin.

“…sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you,” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

Since the dawn of man, meaning, Adam, sin has been out to get us. Blame it on Adam who ate from The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, because by that one act, he was essentially saying that he wanted to know what evil was. So from then on, evil was let into the world, which hither to, God had pronounced good.

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
And Satan has been asking our Father if he can sift us like wheat, ever since.

“Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,” Luke 22:31 [AMPC]

So because this is what we are made of,

“For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” James 1:13-15

We are weak and we give in a little too easily because we are weak. So that is why we become like what Paul described,

“The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?” Romans 7:23-24 [MSG]

For sin that is spawn of this cause, the solution is simple.

“The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” Romans 7:25 [MSG]

Jesus, “…who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Philippians 1:6 [AMPC]
He will slowly turn you around; at a pace that you are able, until finally, you will find that you effortlessly, unconsciously stop doing that which you detest and know is not pleasing to God.

But it is the other cause of sin that is not so easy to deal with.

“If you seek to be justified and declared righteous and to be given a right standing with God through the Law, you are brought to nothing and so separated (severed) from Christ. You have fallen away from grace (from God’s gracious favor and unmerited blessing).” Galatians 5:4 [AMPC]

This means that if you choose to depend on your own merits to earn your own place in Heaven, this implies that you do not believe that,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

And you do not believe that,

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

So therefore you are now estranged from Christ, separated from Him, fallen away from your place in Heaven because you do not believe that,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

You gave up our Father’s gift of sonship.

But why would anyone do that? It’s simple really. They just do not believe that our Father loves them. Now, make no mistake. Whether or not you believe that our Father loves you, does not change the fact that He does. Remember the story of the prodigal son? Remember when He said,

“‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.” Luke 15: 17-20 [MSG]
How did His father respond?

“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.” Luke 15:20-24 [MSG]

Suppose the young man did not return to his father. Would that change his father’s love for him? Would that change the fact that his father was looking out for him every day, day and night? Of course, not. Then what would change? It’s obvious, isn’t it, the young man would still be out in the pen, with the swine, eating the pods meant for the swine, depriving himself of the blessings that his father had in store for him. He would have estranged himself from his father’s love.

Another example. Two disciples betrayed Jesus the night He was arrested, Judas who sold Him out, and Peter, who denied knowing Him. And both of them, when they had realized their sin, ran away from Jesus’ presence. But they did very different things.

“And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75

“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”
And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!”
Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:3-5

Why the difference? Because one believed that his sin was forgiven, and the other did not. One believed that Jesus would ultimately take care of his sin, just like He said He would, and the other believed that there was no more hope for him. Judas never really believed that our Father loved him.

I mean, think about it. If you have a good relationship with your natural father, and you broke something valuable of his, you would own up, wouldn’t you? Because you are confident that he will forgive you. But if you see your father as someone who would smack the living daylights out of you every opportunity he got, you would probably run away from home.

So in the same way beloved, know that our Father loves you. Jesus loves you. And you know what? Whether you believe it or not, that does not change the fact that they do. And whether you decide to partake of their love or not, it does not change the fact that Jesus said,

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

They are waiting for you to let Them love you.

If you are living a life of sin because you think that you have been so wretched that Jesus could never want to extend His gift of salvation to you; so you might as well enjoy the trip since you are headed to hell; Jesus wants you to know that,

“…God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

It is not Their will that you perish. It is their desire that you believe in Their love for you, in Their gift of salvation and have eternal life. So beloved, believe that He loves you. That is all He wants you to do. Just like you believed that your parents love you, and because of that, they would do anything for you; how much more does your Heavenly Father love you for Jesus Himself said,

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:1-3

You feel like you are in trouble because you missed the fact that you have a loving Father who is looking out for you. So come home to your loving Father, come home to Jesus. There is now no more condemnation for you who believe. Stop trying to merit your own way into Heaven. Jesus has already opened the door for you and is standing there, waiting to receive you. Enter into His love beloved child of God and watch your ability to sin just fade away.

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