Memorise Romans 7:25
“…who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
Why do I still sin? Are you troubled by sin? Are you troubled by this question “Why do I still sin”? You may ask yourself, “Am I really a Christian? Since we learn that the Holy Spirit lives in me, why do I still sin? Does this mean that I am not a Christian, that I am not saved?”
The Bible tells us that even after we are saved, we are still in our fleshly bodies, and continue to have to struggle against sin – but that does not make us lose our salvation. For example you may be still tempted to watch a movie or two but as time goes on, you will realize that the worldly lifestyle is displeasing to God, affects your walk with God and you will have no desire to go to the movies anymore.
Paul spoke of this contention in Romans 7:22-23, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members”. So, we have “another law” in “our members” (our mortal body, which will only be changed when we are resurrected to an immortal body), which cause us to continue sinning.
This is indeed a great mystery. Why does God not abolish sin entirely in us while we are in this mortal body? Could it be that He wants us to be tried, so we can be purified? Is this life still a battleground for us so that we can develop our “spiritual muscles”? Job seemed to think so for he said, “…when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
Though we may still sin, but we should focus on God’s gifts to us to overcome sin! Read the next few verses and be encouraged! “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin” (Romans 7:24-25). Yes we still have the propensity to sin within us, but with the Holy Spirit within us, we have the ability to overcome this desire to sin, and serve God instead. It will be a constant struggle that we will have all the days of our lives, but with God on our side, we can have the victory!
Thought: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Prayer: Lord, may You fill me with the Holy Spirit that I may be able to have victory over sin!