The Law of Sin

The Law of Sin

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:23 NKJV)

The Bible is the source of knowledge yet most people who are having so much trouble with sin don’t read the book that tells them how to deal with it. People always want to do better—at least that’s what they say. “I want my marriage to be better. I want to be a better parent.” But isn’t it amazing how most are unable to “be” what they want to be.

Many people say, “I have everything I always wanted and I’m doing everything right!” But the same repetitive questions remain:

  • Why am I restless?
  • Why am I disturbed?
  • Why am I anxious?
  • Why am I worried?
  • Why am I nervous?
  • Why am I tense?
  • Why am I unhappy?
  • Why am I under stress?
  • Why do I hurt?
  • Why am I uncomfortable?

The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. (Isaiah 32:17 NKJV)

Many say, “If it weren’t for people I would be a great individual!” There is a reason why so many people are unhappy; why there is so much conflict between individuals. The Bible pinpointed the trouble long ago:

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6 NKJV)

Since you like your own ways, it makes sense that you don’t like other people’s ways.

Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble. (Psalm 119:165 NKJV)

To see your own sin is disturbing to you only if you fight what you discover. If, instead, you admit it and seek help from God, the result is not guilt but an overwhelming sense of forgiveness, cleansing, renewal, and peace. The scripture states it this way:

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 NKJV)

Who wouldn’t want to life free from the law and full in Christ?

It Is Positive to Deal with the Negative

It Is Positive to Deal with the Negative

So why is it positive to deal with the negative? Consider the physician. As he diagnoses you, he has only one basic question: “What’s wrong?” This is certainly a “negative” approach!

If 99% of your body is in good health, your doctor is interested in only the 1% of your body that is not. If you have an infected fingernail and the rest of your body is healthy, he concentrates on the fingernail. If you have a pain in your abdomen, he does not overlook the abdomen. Instead he examines it thoroughly, even if the examination brings you pain.

Why do you put up with such treatment? Because his objective is to restore your health. He eliminates pain and may save you from death by subjecting you to great pain and even the risk of your life on the operating table. It is positive to eliminate the negative. It is healthy to eliminate disease. It is good to eliminate evil.

A neighbor in apparent good health went to her physician because she developed a slight pain. Investigation revealed a tumor and abdominal surgery was called for. The doctor’s announcement of what was needed not only upset the woman, but her whole family and some people in the neighborhood as well. Why would a man want to subject this fine woman to such an ordeal? Why didn’t he give her a sedative to help her forget the pain? No one would have gotten upset. But instead of prescribing a painkiller, he sent her off to a hospital, where her surgery confined her for weeks.

Think of the effect of his diagnosis and prescription on the woman’s husband, children, and budget. But not a single person condemned the doctor. Quite the contrary, they were all grateful to him. They were appreciative of this person who had delivered such drastic, disturbing news and who had subjected her to the pain of a knife and her husband to such great expense. He would have done her a disservice to have acted otherwise.

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Spirit vs Sin Living

Spirit vs Sin Living

I have used this Spirit chart for years to stay up-to-date with God!

Can It Really Help?

For years God has used this simple chart to help believers use the truth of God’s Word to reveal the condition of their spirit. Thousands have used this in their daily walk with God to keep them on target and up to date in their relationship with God. This chart (downloadable by clicking here) groups the sins against God into four categories in order to understand them. The more you study these lists, the more excited you will become! Why? Because you will discover that if you can eliminate your sins, you can solve most of your own problems and most of the ills of society, including the breakdown of the family, domestic violence, child abuse, rape, murder, violence, political deception, and personal misery. This chart is based on Mark 7:21-23, Romans 1:28-31, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 4:25-31, and 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Find more details in “The Heart of the Problem” book resource

Evil thoughts, lust, and covetousness can lead to premarital sex and adultery. Lying, backbiting, quarreling, anger, and rebellion can lead to brutal violent behavior and even murder. Clearly someone with a brilliant mind who is consumed by greed, selfish ambition, and deception can devise ways to misuse the stock market or government funds.

Spirit vs Sin

Consider these lists as a huge mirror and step up to it to see what it reflects in you. Do you see: evil thoughts, unthankfulness, pride, unforgiveness, deceitfulness, anger, bitterness, rebellion, lying, complaining, yelling, and arguing, or something else? Imagine anyone walking around with all that inside. The simple yet profound statement that the blood of Jesus Christ can wash it all away is exciting! Is it really that simple? It is so simple that it insults our secular intelligence. Everyone, except those who try it, say: “That is much too simple.” But the good news about these lists is that we are just a prayer away from help! But remember, though it is simple, it is not easy to square up with what you see!

If you aren’t going to call the list in this article sin, then you will look to the world around you for the cause and the solution for the items on the list. But if it is sin, then you are looking at the simplest problem in the world to solve. You have the resources of the Creator of the world to help you. There is a supernatural cure for everyone. We don’t have to avoid the problem or run away to try to get relief:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all                       unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Most people would agree that walking in the Spirit is a superior way to live, but, realistically, a miracle is needed to actually live this way. Fortunately, the power to walk in the Spirit comes from God. No human beings or circumstances can interrupt your relationship with Him. Other people have nothing to do with the fruit of the Spirit in your life.

If you want to enlarge your knowledge of God’s resources, look up these verses:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:2-4).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

…strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (Colossians 1:11).

Only God can cleanse us from sin and empower us to walk in the spirit. Good news: we are free to choose.

Take the Challenge

Pretend that the chart, Spirit-Controlled Living vs. Sin-Controlled Living on is a mirror to your soul. First, take a moment and pray to God, asking Him to search your heart and show you your ways. Second, let your eyes look over every word in each column. Write in your journal what God showed you about yourself. Then, ask God to forgive you of them. Do you believe He did?

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