Ever heard the one about how you have two natures wrestling inside you and the one that dominates is the one you feed the most?
It’s not true.
Christian, you do not have a sinful nature. One with the Lord, you have a new heart and a new mind with new desires (1 Cor. 2:16). As a new creation, you get to share in the divine nature of Christ (2 Pet. 1:4).
You don’t have a sinful nature, but the devil would love for you to think that you do.
He will tell you that you are wicked and inclined to sin. The devil wants you resisting yourself because then you won’t resist him.
“Die to yourself daily.” Heard that one? It’s one of the devil’s best lines. So many churchgoers are trying to die daily because they don’t what happened to them at the cross:
Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with him… (Romans 6:6)
Your old self is gone. The person you used to be died with Christ (Col. 2:20). The moment you came to the Lord you were baptized by the Spirit into his death and resurrection (Rom. 6:6–10). Your old self was nailed to the cross and no longer lives.
You don’t need to die daily. Once was enough.
The difference between your old self and the person you are now is found in three words: Christ in you.
Formerly you were inclined to follow the flesh down the well-worn path of self-destruction. But now the indwelling Spirit of God helps you to live whole and righteously.
Formerly, you were corrupted by the sinful choices you made. But now the incorruptible seed of the living Word is bearing good fruit in your life.
Why do I still sin?
Although Christians don’t have a sinful nature, we can be tempted to sin just as Adam and Eve were tempted. When we give into that temptation, perhaps because we have forgotten who we are or because we are not resting in Christ, the result is sin (Jas. 1:14–15).
But unlike Adam and Eve we are not alone in our struggle against temptation. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit. It’s us and Him versus the Tempter. It’s a totally unfair fight against an already-defeated enemy.
With God on your side, how can you lose?
From time to time we all make mistakes. But when you stumble, the Lord is right there to pick you up and speak in your defense (1 John 2:1).
How do I stop sinning?
When we come to Jesus we are set free from sin, but we may need to unlearn some sinful habits. The Bible calls this laying aside the old self and being renewed in the spirit of our minds (Eph. 4:22–23).
If in your former life you were a judgmental bully, by the grace of God you can become kind and compassionate.
If you were bitter and unforgiving, you can learn to forgive others as Christ forgave you.
You were not born bitter and judgmental; you learned these bad habits. And since you learned them, by the grace of God you can unlearn them.
It may seem that sin has a strong grip on your life, but God’s grace is stronger still. Where sin abounds, his grace super-abounds.
Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)
Christians do many things in response to sin; we confess our sins, we hold ourselves accountable for our sins, we discuss our sins. We pray against sin, preach against sin, and warn against sin.
But when it comes to sin, there is one thing we must do above all, and that is reckon ourselves dead to it.
When sin comes knocking, don’t open the door.
When sin calls, don’t answer.
A dead person cannot react and cannot be tempted by sin.
Alive to God
That is the first part of the verse, here is the second: reckon yourself alive to God in Christ Jesus. Once upon a time, we were disconnected from the life that is in Christ (Col. 1:21). But now we enjoy fellowship and intimacy with the One who knows us better than we know ourselves.
In Christ, the deepest longings of our heart are fulfilled.
Every one of us wants to feel truly alive, to be full of life, energy, and purpose. Not merely existing but connecting, thriving, and being everything God made us to be.
This is the life we have in union with the Lord.
To be “alive to God” is knowing and being known, and it’s loving and being loved. It is seeing the touch of God in everything you do and in everyone you meet.
This new life begins with a revelation of God your Father and yourself as his dearly-loved child.
God delights in you. He rejoices over you with singing. You are the apple of his eye. When you know Who is for you, it changes everything (Rom. 8:31).
No one who abides in him sins. (1 John 3:6a)
Those who abide or make their home in the sinless Son drop their sinful habits like rotten garments.
No one who is born of God practices sin, because his seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9)
One with the Lord, you are a sinner no more. John is not saying you will never sin (see 1 John 2:1). He is saying it is not in your new nature to sin. Sinning has lost its appeal. Having been set free from your old way of life, you no longer want to sin.
And why would you, when you have found something better by far.