What is victory over sin?

What is victory over sin?

Written by: Thorleif Holm Andersen | Place: Bergen, Norway | Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Rom. 6:1-2.

These were the "glad tidings" that Jesus brought to everyone who was longing to live a life free from evil. This is why He says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28.

To be included in this great grace—that sin no longer has power over me—I must give my whole life to Jesus. I must decide not to let own egotistical will rule my life, but instead accept Jesus as my leader.

Everyone who does this enters into a life where God’s Spirit is the driving force. However, since we still have our human nature that always wants its own way, life becomes a battle between my will and God’s will.

What does this mean in everyday life?

We all know what it means to live according to our human nature, e.g., how easy it is to be impatient when I have to wait for someone who is running late. I get irritated, and when the person finally comes, my irritation and impatience is unleashed on him. Everyone suffers because of their own sin.

The Good News is that grace is always available to do what is good. When impatience shows itself, I can see that it is not from God but from my human nature. (The Bible calls this human nature “the flesh.”) So there is a battle in my mind between the part of me that wants to do God’s will and do what is good, and the part of me that wants to live according to my flesh. I then have to pray for grace and help so that evil doesn’t get power over me. (Heb. 4:16). God doesn’t hesitate to answer a prayer like that, and He will send all the help and power you need. The result is that I can always do what is good, I get peace and joy within, and the people I meet notice that there is something good radiating from me, something that is actually not from me, but which testifies of the grace and help God has given me.

That is victory.

Whoever comes to this life will always be happy!

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