Christians Struggling with Sin and 4 Lies We Believe

Christians Struggling with Sin and 4 Lies We Believe

By Wayne Stiles

Everybody sins. But when we Christians do it, reactions vary.

The world points to us as hypocrites—and often uses our sins as justification for their own. Other Christians tend to view our sins as reasons to suggest we aren’t even saved.

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But the people who offer the most brutal judgment against our sins?

Very often, it’s ourselves.

That’s because Christians struggling with sin tend to believe four lies.

LIE #1: As a Christian, I should live a perfect life.

We may not admit this out loud, because it sounds extreme. But we often think it. After all, didn’t Jesus say, “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48)?

  • Absolutely. But Jesus referred to God’s standard we should strive for. Jesus also understood the reality that we fail that standard. That’s why He died for our sins.
  • What we really tell ourselves with this lie is: “If I’m not perfect, God is angry with me.” When we listen to the lie, we confuse our freedom from sin’s penalty with our freedom from sin’spresence.

I love Chuck Swindoll’s definition of the term, justification:

“Justification is the sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while he or she is still in a sinning state.”

When we believe in Jesus, God doesn’t make us righteous. He declares us righteous. We’re still sinners who aren’t free from sin’s temptations. Our being made righteous won’t occur until our death or the Rapture—whichever comes first. (I’m pulling for the Rapture.)

LIE #2: I’ve tried to stop sinning, but I can’t. I must not be saved.

This lie takes the false assumption of LIE #1 a step further. Because you don’t live a perfect life like you should, that means you were never saved to begin with.

  • But think about it. Just as we couldn’t save ourselves—we needed God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9)—so we cannot live the Christian life in our own strength.
  • We still need God’s grace to provide the strength for obedience.
  • The Apostle John reminds us that we lie if we say we have no sin—and that Jesus is our atoning sacrifice for that very reason (1 John 1:82:1).

“You cannot out-sin the grace of God. God the Father never abandons His children.” (Tweet that.)

The truth is, your struggle against sin is a huge clue that the Spirit of God is working in your life. Because the New Testament constantly gives instruction to Christians struggling with sin, we understand that it is a normal experience.

LIE #3: I’ll never stop my sin, so why try?

While it’s true you’ll never be free from temptation or from the pull in your heart towards sin, you can experience victory. (Unlike a circus elephant who doesn’t know any better.)

LIE #4: My sin is too great. I’m really not sure God will forgive me.

Sometimes Christians struggling with sin blow it big-time. And because we knew better—and yet did it anyway—we fall for the lie that tells us we crossed a point of no return with God.

  • Actually, this lie stems from our pride. There is no sin—NO SIN—too great for God’s forgiveness. Your sin is no exception. There may be life-long consequences, but God’s grace always offers forgiveness.
  • The Lord has given you the promise that if you have believed in Jesus who died for your sins, God has already accepted you.

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” —Romans 8:1

Remember, you cannot out-sin the grace of God. God never abandons His children.

In my next post, I’ll share four strategies to help combat these four lies.

Question: What other lies do Christians struggling with sin believe? 

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1 Response to Christians Struggling with Sin and 4 Lies We Believe

  1. ptl2010 says:

    The Lord created man and knew that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. When He said “follow Me” – He was instituting a single-minded life to free us from the turbulence of , an unstable mind. How wonderful when we are obedient to the Lord for we reap the blessings. Let us not fall into the trap of the evil one’s lies even when we sometimes trip when our spirit is willing but flesh is weak. The Lord has provided for all occasions even when we trip and His grace is without measure. Praise the Lord.

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