The enemy has nothing on Jesus
Jesus is God but He was also human who faced temptations as we do. However, Satan could not accuse Him of lying, stealing, or immorality because those sins were never in Jesus. The devil had nothing on him. (John 14:30). Unlike Jesus, if we fall into sin and not know who we are in Christ, we give the enemy a chance to disable us.
The enemy has nothing on us too
If we are fully submitted to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives, the devil too will have nothing on us. He is a defeated foe who can do nothing against us, even if we still make mistakes and fall short of God’s expectations. His love to us is sealed and endures forever. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
How can sin disable a Christian?
If you think you have been defeated by sin, what comes next is a defeated life. Joy begins to diminish and you no longer want to go to church or devote time in prayer. Your Christian life has lost its luster and you unknowingly accept the condemnation hurled at you.
The negative thoughts and voices you hear that you are no good comes from Satan and not from God. Sin can disable you if you do not have Christ.
No one can condemn those who are in Jesus
The scripture is clear, we are free from the condemnation of sin (Romans 8:1). No power can stand against us because Jesus won the battle for us when He defeated death. God has given us a NEW Covenant that frees us from any sin-accusation. (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)
The law no longer has the power to condemn us because of what Jesus did for us
A new covenant
We can acknowledge our sins before God, but it is worthy to note that our transgression no longer hinders our relationship with Him. In the Old Covenant, we were under the curse of the law, but in the New Covenant, the law no longer has the power to condemn us because of what Jesus did for us (Romans 6:14).
We were taught to confess our sins daily in reference to 1 John 1:9. But if we read it closely, confession applies only to self-righteous people who think they have not sinned. The new covenant supersedes the need for confession because those who are in Christ are declared righteous already.
As Apostle Paul points out, we have been made right in God’s sight by faith (Romans 5:1) and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? By no means! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? (Romans 6:1-2)
A new heart
Moreso, God will put a new heart in us and remember our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12; Romans 6:18-22). No wonder the verse John 3:16 at times sound so simple, that salvation begins in believing something that’s just unbelievable.
Am I abusing grace if I’m still struggling to give up sin?
The answer is another question, how many times do you think Jesus need to die on the cross to pay for your past, present, and future sins? Jesus alone can transform you, continue to pray and seek his grace. Claim and believe that the old self is gone – you are a new creation in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)