“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.” Hebrews 3:12-14

We have a problem and it is sin. Authors, David Steele and Curtis Thomas state, “Because of the fall…the sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and desperately corrupt.” (Genesis 6:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 8:7,8) In order to truly accept and live in the freedom of God’s grace we must first admit our sin problem and recognize the severity of this “issue” in our lives-its eternal consequence being death and separation from Christ. Only after we recognize the latter are we able to begin in the journey towards growing awareness of God’s holiness. Although we were dead to sin, the good news, if you are a believer, is “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. IT IS BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED…AND THIS NOT FROM YOURSELVES.” (Ephesians 2:4-5,8 emphasis added)

If this is so, if we have been rescued by God and have been set free from sin’s control and power, why do we still struggle with sin in our daily lives? Galatians 5:13 declares, “[we] were called to be free.” The truth is we ARE granted freedom in Christ. He has achieved victory over sin and death. However, as Paul explains in the second portion of that verse, we often misuse this freedom to “indulge the sinful nature.” “Each one is tempted when, BY HIS OWN EVIL DESIRE, he is dragged away and enticed.” (James 1:13-14) Let us therefore, “throw off EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS and THE SIN THAT SO EASILY ENTANGLES, and let us FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2)