O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
We can’t have a defeatist attitude about sin. We can’t just resign ourselves to the fact that we are sinful creatures and expect that we will give in to any temptation—not when we have the Spirit of God dwelling within us, not when we’ve been redeemed by the power of the blood of Christ, not when He’s asked us to pursue a life of holiness and godliness. We can’t keep using our weakness and frailty as an excuse not to even try when we are not to be led any longer by the flesh, but controlled by the Spirit.
Sin is our enemy, and if we fold to it so easily every time, we will be a traitor to our Lord. We are to fend it off at every pass, flee from it, resist it, and actively oppose it and its influence in our lives. We are weak and prone to wander, but Jesus is able, Jesus is victorious, Jesus is powerful. We’ve seen time and time again what will happen when we trust in ourselves. We’ve proven to ourselves over and over that we cannot be relied upon to make the right choice every time. We’ve seen how often we’ve messed up when we had every intention to do right. So why would we continue to try to rely on ourselves instead of surrendering all to God?
Let us not rest in a sinful state, thinking there is no use in fighting it, but let us trust God to help us overcome the pull that it has on us, the influence of it in our lives, because where the Son of God dwells, there is power to defeat sin. He took it all upon Himself so that we could be set free. But sometimes it seems like we submit ourselves to that bondage all over again when we don’t have to. We have been delivered, and we can start living like it today even if we had been living in defeat instead of victory in Him.
Our Lord is powerful. Our Lord is capable. Our Lord is truly amazing. Everything we need is found in Him, including the ability to succeed in serving Him and living for Him. Continually trying to overcome sin on our own is like beating a dead horse, because Jesus has already defeated it. We just have to let Him in and let Him work. We have to listen to those whispers of conviction and pay attention when He warns us from His Word. Let us allow our almighty Lord to overcome the sin in our lives and refuse to serve the law of sin any longer.