The Problem with Sin

1 Corinthians 10:13
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.James 4:17

The problem with sin is obvious. Sin separates us from God. We know this, yet many of us engage in a lifestyle of transgression against God and, in many cases, battle the same issues year after year. Whether it’s unforgiveness, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, anger or “borrowing” pens from the office, if it compromises our walk, we should refrain.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.1 John 1:8-10

The bottom line is that we are sinners and sinners sin. We were formed in sin and we exist in the presence of sin. The problem is our attitude towards sin and our sinful nature. We do not have a plan for the attacks of the devil. Basically, we wing it and this cavalier attitude puts our salvation at risk. We let our guard down and fail to put on the full armor. Meanwhile, the devil is busy plotting and executing. An attitude of apathy, an attitude of complacency, an attitude of presumption, and an attitude of taking God for granted keeps us in this vicious cycle of yielding to temptation, feeling guilty and drifting further away from God. Eventually, we convince ourselves that this is acceptable human behavior, our hearts become hardened, our conscience become seared, and we are no longer convicted by the Holy Spirit.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13

If every temptation comes with a way of escape, no one simply falls into sin. To sin is to choose evil over righteousness, satan over Christ and death over life. To sin is to ignore the way of escape and insult Christ and the work of the cross. Hence, we need a game plan so that we can be the best version of ourselves when Christ returns.

Journal Entry

  • Take Inventory and make a list of the sins you generally yield to and when you’re most likely to be tempted. Please avoid blanket entries. If you struggle with porn, masturbation and lust, that’s three separate entries. If you struggle with unforgiveness and resentment, that’s two entries. If we can’t be honest with anyone, we should at least be honest with ourselves.

  • I struggle with the following sin(s):

  • I am most prone to temptation when I am…

About the Author

Ebonie Jones

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Ebonie-Marché Jones is the Bonding Ministry Cordinator at MyGen Church. Her mission is to encourage, motivate and inspire others to start with God, to develop the mindset of an overcomer, to make healthier lifestyle choices and to connect with others in safe spaces filled with love, support and encouragement. Her journey has taught her that it is impossible for fear and faith to co-exist and the road to peace is paved with forgiveness. Her favorite verse is "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago" (Eph. 2:10, NIV).

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