Breaking Chains to Your Sinful Nature
We are born with a sin nature. When my daughter was born I looked down at her as she slept in my arms and thought to myself, ” How can this precious gift be in sin?” I couldn’t fathom it. I thought more about it as weeks and months went by , “Sin nature… hmm.” I’ve always heard we were born into sin, but what did that mean? What does it mean to have a sin nature? Does that mean i’m always sinning? No matter what I do, i’m a sinner?
Let’s look at Jesus.
For we have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet He did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15
This verse is so encouraging. It shows us that Jesus does empathize for us! He walked in flesh just like we do every single day. He was tempted with EVERY sin yet He sinned not. That is amazing because that means we have the nature to sin, but it doesn’t mean that we have to choose sin. We have an option. We can either live like the devil or we can live in freedom and righteousness!
We are made of flesh (body), soul, and spirit. Our Spirits want to honor God but our flesh fights against it. It is a constant war. That is why we need Holy Spirit and why Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our help. We needed something to constantly lead us back to Jesus. When we pray in the Spirit, (Tongues) we are praying the perfect will of God. We have to build up our spirit to keep our faith strong and to keep our flesh weak. Temptations can be hard to overcome, but when our spirit is stronger than our flesh it gets easier. That is why the Bible is so important for us to read daily. It is the bread of life. We have to partake of it each and every day to keep our spirit strong. Praying and reading daily, taking up your cross, all of that helps us to stay strong in our walk with Jesus.
God always gives us a way out. When temptation comes, we can choose to turn to God instead of giving into sin. Have you ever gone a day without sinning? Is it even possible? Yes. It is possible. You have to fill yourself with God and shut out the voice of the enemy. Read God’s word daily, pray, worship. I know I say that a lot, but guys, this is how you fight. This is how you live life in God. Jesus is the cure for sin. We must lean on Him! He is the beginning and the end. This verse also encouraged me when I was courting Nathan. We saved our first kiss for marriage. I thought, “If Jesus could do it, so could I.” If He was tempted with sin, all the sins, yet He didn’t sin, that means that all the sins you’re tempted with aren’t too strong for you. You have the ability to back out and pray. Remember that. Don’t blame it on “sin nature”. That doesn’t give you a license to sin. Yes, our flesh is disgusting. Our bodies desire bad things, but we still have a free will. We aren’t slaves to sin, we are children of God. Amen? We are capable of overcoming sin.
Written by Olivia Mancini