February 2 How to Deal with Sin

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:15–23

Key Verse: Romans 6:22

Now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

You accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, recognizing that He paid the penalty for your sins on the cross. You know that you’re forgiven, cleansed, and righteous in God’s eyes. But still, a particular sin plagues you. You think it’s gone and the fight is over, but the temptation comes back. You cave in again at a moment of weakness or a time when your guard is down. Maybe you even wonder how God can still love you.

You’re not alone. Paul expressed the same sentiment of frustration and exasperation. He said, “For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish” (Rom. 7:19 nasb). Paul knew that even though he was saved, the power of sin was still there, doing daily battle with his new nature.

What is the solution? First, you must see your sin, including recurring sin, for what it is—an offense against a holy God that can be removed only by the blood of Jesus. Confess the specific sin to Him, and refuse to become entangled by false guilt. You’re forgiven freely.

Remember that you belong to Him completely; nothing else has the power to hold you captive. Turn to the One who frees you from sin when temptation strikes, and you will win every time.

Heavenly Father, I confess my recurring sins as offenses against You. Please cleanse them by the blood of Jesus. Remove my guilt, and let me realize I am forgiven and set free. Nothing has the power to hold me captive.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 35). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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