This morning marked a moment that shook me! We were sitting in church having just sung through the song Our God is Greater. And the College Pastor, Luke Whyte, stepped up and shared a scripture, Romans 8:1-2 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” He went on to say that sometimes we get caught up in a cycle of sin, repent, repeat. And what keeps us in that cycle is shame. The enemy tries to convince us of this overwhelming feeling that our sin is too big and we will never be free so we continue on through the cycle because that is just how it goes. But the truth is, God is greater! He is more powerful than any grip of sin on our lives.
I have been a born-again believer since I was 5 and I still struggled with this sin, repent, repeat cycle. Once you are born-again it’s not an automatic perfection, we are still humans living in a broken world. But when we see the goodness of the Lord, those desires for sin won’t be as strong.
It can be very easy to be pulled into the ways of the world and drawn toward the lies we are fed every day. Personally, for the past few months I have been struggling with body image, overeating, feeling guilty, believing that it will always be this way and doing it again after asking for forgiveness. And this morning I know that something shifted because I was reminded that our God is bigger than any sin that could try to come against me and convince me that I am stuck that way. His powerful presence and truth spoke through in such a way that tore down the walls in my heart that had been building up.
If there is any sin that you are struggling with, God wants you to know that you are set free from that. His love and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was enough to wipe away every stain, blemish, and habit you feel you have. Verse 3 goes on to say “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.” The reason we keep falling down when we try to be enough or fix our own sin is that we are living according to the law, or a list of rules that no matter how hard we try cannot redeem us. There is only one who can truly redeem, save and sanctify us, and his name is Jesus Christ.
I pray that the Lord would illuminate this truth to you today. You are not reading this by accident. God loves you and he sent his son to die a sinner’s death so that you could be redeemed. His sacrifice was big enough to take care of this struggle that seems to drown you. Reach up and grab the hand of freedom reaching out to you today!
You are dearly loved!