How to Be Free from Sin—Forever!
Have you been struggling with some secret sin for years? You’ve tried to be free, even with the best of intentions, but years later you still find yourself seeking your day of deliverance. Well, hear this: God has provided a cure-all, an end-all solution. He has settled your sin issue—for once and for all!
Since the Garden of Eden, it has always been the Father’s desire to simply be our God, to talk with us and to commune with us. But beginning with Adam, man just would not follow God’s instructions. When the children of God veered from His leadership and requested judges, God complied. He also gave them the Ten Commandments.
Now God knew man could not satisfy all the requirements of the laws in the Old Testament. So out of his mercy and love, He made provision to bless mankind through the acceptance of sacrifices. “Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you” (Exodus 20:24, NIV). Still, this was no fool-proof method for obtaining righteousness. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4).
Under the Law, one had to fulfill every commandment—even to the last detail—in order to be righteous, and because of the nature of man, which he inherited from Adam, this was IMPOSSIBLE. One might ask, “Why would God give man the Law if He knew it could not be fully obeyed?” God gave man the rules and the regulations of the Old Testament to make man aware of his sins and to show him that he desperately needed a savior.
In comes Jesus—the ultimate sin offering, the final and perfect sacrifice. Yet, even today, most Christians are more conscious of their sins than of Jesus and their redemption. Sin-consciousness gets in the way of the Father’s desire to fellowship with us and gives Satan control in our lives, all because Christians do not fully realize what the scriptures are saying.
Romans 6:14 (NLT) says, “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” Sin is like a prison. It dominates, rules, and governs those who try to live according to its rules. The verse in Romans 6 is not describing the action of sinning, but rather, it speaks about the dominion or control of sin. Consider this: if a Christian sins, this does not mean he or she is no longer saved, because Believers are sealed forever and instantly in righteousness the moment we receive Jesus as Lord.
What is more, God has provided for us rest from our sins by a new covenant through Jesus. “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:11, NIV). And what is the disobedience? It is trying to obtain righteousness by keeping the law, which no one can fully keep.
When we receive Jesus, we become recipients of the dispensation of grace. This is a benefit of the new covenant, and to receive from it, Believers are only required to believe God. Believe that our sins of the past, the present, and the future have been purged and are continually forgiven by the ever-flowing fountain of Jesus’ blood. This is called obedience to the faith (Romans 1:5).
Upon believing, God promises to be your God, write His instructions upon your heart, put his new righteous laws in your mind, be merciful toward you, and to no longer remember any of your sins or iniquities (Hebrews 8:10-12). In this way, sin will no longer have dominion over you. In fact, God will even remove evil desires from your heart—when you believe His promises!
After receiving Christ, if you do “miss the mark,” remain obedient to the faith by remembering God’s promise to be merciful. This opens the door for God to fulfill the other “I wills…” that He promises in Hebrews 8. God is now able to do for you what you have been unable to do for yourself: conquer the sin in your life! What powerful grace!
Grace, however, cannot be fully appreciated until you come to the end of your efforts. When you run out of things that you think you can do to save yourself, you become a prime candidate for grace. Now you must trust God. And He is faithful to rush in and bless as promised.
Continue to remember that your sins have been purged. Let no condemnation or guilt prevent you from being obedient to this faith. Right believing will lead you to right living, and this allows God to keep showing up in your life, working all things for your good. Believer, from now and until you leave this earth, let your consciousness be sealed in knowing that you are the righteousness of God.