The struggle with sin is real.
And sin consciousness makes the matter worse. Emphasising the consequences of sin does not stop sin.
The problem with sin is not the act itself. The act is the fruit. If you want to solve a problem you can not start from the fruit.
Locating and dealing with the root of any problem ensures a permanent solution to that problem.
The root of your struggle with sin is sin consciousness.
If you are conscious of sin you will make more mistakes and commit more sins.
Hence the solution to the struggle with sin is not making confessions. Rather it’s dealing with sin consciousness.
The problem with being sin conscious is that it gives you a constant reminder of the sin committed.
Chances of repeating the same kind of sin are high if it remains in your consciousness.
Hence the finished work of Christ is the solution to sin consciousness.
Anytime you make a mistake, shift your focus from your mistakes to the finished work of Christ.
Remind yourself that He became sin, suffered and died for you. And because He suffered on the cross, He paid for all your sins.
This will not be easy at first. But shifting your focus from what you did to what Jesus Christ did on the cross will neutralise sin consciousness.
Guilt and condemnation after sin.
After committing sin guilt and condemnation follows.
This is not peculiar to you. It was the same incidence that happened in the garden of Eden.
At that moment you begin to feel condemned and assume that the Lord had left you.
And as you continue feeling guilty you will realise that the tendency to make the same mistakes again becomes stronger.
If the enemy succeeds in making you feel guilty when you make a mistake, he will succeed in making you committing the same sin again.
Guilt and condemnation reinforce the struggle with sin.
The solution is in knowing what Jesus did on the cross.
Christ paid for all the sins you will commit in your lifetime.
What that means is that the day you made Jesus Christ your Lord and saviour He forgave all the sins you will ever commit.
The reason this is possible is that Jesus who knew no sin, did no sin and in Him was no sin, became sin so that you might become the righteousness of God.
How was that possible?
The works of God are beyond human reasoning but we can only explain as much as the Spirit of God reveals.
Thus, since Jesus Christ did not sin in action or thought, we can say that he suffered from the guilt, condemnation and separation that comes with your sin.
If Jesus suffered in such manner it means all the guilt, condemnation and separation that comes from sinning is no longer yours.
Jesus Christ took it upon Himself and gave you His own place.
Hence you have no right to feel guilty and condemned when you sin.
The day this truth dawns in your spirit is the day you end your struggle with sin.
Don’t ever receive the condemnation that comes with your mistakes.
It was upon Jesus Christ on the cross and he paid for it once and for all.
Today you stand before that Father as if you have never and will never commit sin.
His one sacrifice for sin forever ended the struggle with sin.
The old covenant shows the killings of animals for the covering of sins.
Their sins were never dealt with. It was only covered for a period till the manifestation of the lamb of God.
And when He came into the world he offered one sacrifice that destroyed sin forever.
Afterwards, he sat at the right hand of the father.
A chair was not mentioned as part of the furniture in the Tabernacle Moses built.
This was because the work of the old covenant priest did not end.
Atonement was necessary for all sins. A lot of people were coming and going and the priest’s work never seized.
But after Jesus Christ offered His blood once and for all He sat down at the right hand of Father.
This signifies that after His death and resurrection there is no more sacrifice for sin.
The struggle with sin will continue if you are ignorant of this truth.
Sin problem is not as a result of your wrong actions. It is as a result of your wrong beliefs.
If you believe wrong you will live wrong. If you believe right you will live right.
You must make all endeavour to believe right.
Start by knowing that the Lord in His mercy and Grace has defeated sin once and for all through the cross.
Believe the work of the last Adam.
The first Adam’s work resulted in death and sin.
It didn’t matter if you did what he did or not. He a symbolic head. Anything that happened to him automatically comes upon all that comes after him.
The guilt and condemnation you feel after committing sin are because of the guilt and condemnation Adam felt after committing sin.
But Christ made the difference. And being the last Adam you must take His work more seriously than that of the first Adam.
As it was with the first, so it is with the last, everything Jesus Christ achieved by His death on the cross is available to you for free.
You can not have more righteousness by fasting and praying. Believe in what Jesus did and all things become yours.
His work on the cross exceeds what the first Adam did.
He restored you to the same glory Adam had before he fell. Adam could control all things and had dominion over all things.
Because of Christ, you are restored to the place of glory forfeited through Adams action.
And because the first Adams one act of sin caused a separation from the Father…
Jesus’ one act of righteousness restored the relationship with the father forever.
The last Adam is greater than the first Adam.
Stop trying and start believing.
You can only live right when you believe right.
And one scripture that will help with regards to the struggle with sin is Romans 6:7.
He that is dead is free from sin.
You died with Christ when He was on the cross.
His death is your death and His resurrection your resurrection. It is not about trying to die to sin.
You already died and now you are alive in Him.
The truth is you have to stop all the things you are trying out to defeat sin.
You have already defeated sin.
What you must do now is to know what Christ Jesus made available for you.
Once you believe it you will find peace with yourself.
Christianity isn’t about modifying your behaviours. It’s about a transformation from the inside.
And it starts by changing what you believe.
Your sins are forgiven.
God has nothing against you.
Be assured of His love for you through Christ and your attractions to sin will die.
The best way to deal with the fruit of sin is to deal with the root of sin.
Sin is a nature you inherited from Adam.
And the result of sin is guilt, condemnation and separation from the Father.
But Christ in His mercy took your place on the cross and destroyed sin once and for all time.
You ought not to be struggling to die to sin.
The day you made Jesus Christ your Lord, you died to sin through His death.
And if this truth is not yet evident in your life it means you are believing wrong.
Start off by knowing that all the sins you will ever commit are forgiven through the blood of Christ.
All the struggle with sin ends the day you believe that God will not impute sin to you because of Christ.