Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:12-14
Christians can still sin after they have been saved. We still carry the old sins we were doing before we accepted Christ and we can commit new sins. Sin becomes a habit and the old sins we had before salvation are still there. Habits take time to change and sin habits seem to be especially hard to eradicate. It is not that it is hard for God to change us is it our willingness to allow the change. We were comfortable in our sins and sometimes we want to slip back to the old habits. Of course now we are aware of our sins and when we fall back we now know what we are doing is wrong. It is this nagging feeling or wrong doing that allows us to let God in to continue to change us. Sometime it can take years to rid ourselves of these old sins. But God will always free us from them.
Sometimes we sin voluntarily. I am not sure why this happens, but it just seems we want to do something sinful. Paul today warns us not to present ourselves to sin. We can decide not to sin we can refuse the temptation. Satan is always there to tempt us with some new and exciting way to sin. At first it does not even seem to be that wrong, maybe a little risqué but certainly not sinful. After all who is going to be hurt? And really shouldn’t I find out what is out there so I can fight it? It seems we can always rationalize sin. It is just research. I can always stop. It really isn’t that bad. First thing we know it we are neck deep in a new sin.
But we can resist. We have the strength of the Spirit to help us overcome the temptation. We can decide not to sin just this day. And really that is all we need to do. Just decide that today I will not do this. Don’t say I will never do this again, just say today I will choose not to sin. One day at a time. One sin at a time. Just for today. We can refrain for a day that is not that long. And tomorrow, well when it comes we can decide to refrain for one more day.
We get in trouble when we try to long at the long picture. We need to concentrate on today. God deals with eternity. If we will let Him work on us today He will remove the sinful thoughts and deeds and then one day we will wake up and no longer feel the old urge.
One day at a time, make it a blessed day,