5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5
We are all born into sin. The Bible tells us that “there are none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10) and “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). Anybody who says he or she has not sinned is clearly deluding themselves.
Those reading this understand what sin is. In fact, many also understand that Christ came to pay the penalty for that sin, and that that “everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3:15).
So the question then becomes, what about the sin we deal with today? We live in a real world with real sin and real temptations.
Every day we need to acknowledge this fact to God: we are sinners saved by God’s grace. Then – and this is the difficult part – we need to call out to God for his strength throughout the day. That may mean once or twice throughout the day, and sometimes it means every ten minutes.
Why is it difficult? Quite simply, we forget.
- We forget about the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf.
- We forget that we are still prone to sin and temptations.
- We forget that the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in us (Romans 8:11).
- We forget where we’ve come from in our lives and the difficult road we’ve traveled to get here.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13