Romans 7:15, 1 Peter 2:11 NIV 2011
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
Paul wrote his letter to the church in Rome as a guide for Christian living. Sanctification comes through lives led by Christ. Being released from the law and bound to Christ, believers needed to remember sin was present in their everyday lives. He revealed the tension that exists in everyone. Galatians 5:16,
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Peter’s letter paralleled Paul’s. Believer’s citizenship is found in heaven not on earth. Grounded in Christ they needed to turn to Him in all circumstances. Faith in Christ increases victory over sinful desires.
Being a student of God’s Word I know we have a sin problem. It began in the Garden of Eden and continues today. God had a plan: a Savior to save us from our sins. While Peter walked physically with Jesus and Paul met Him on the road to Damascus we have the privilege of walking with Jesus as well. It is a step-by-step daily process of surrendering our lives to Him. Faith in Christ and prayer in community with believers gives me victory over sinful desires.
What keeps us from victory over sin?
Surrendered to Jesus,