Summary: This sermon deals with our fight against the urge to sin even as Christians.
So Why Do I Keep On Sinning?
4Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
6But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."
8But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.
I want to begin with a true story.
In 1889 big renovations occurred at Fort Mackinac in Michigan.
The first flush toilets were installed!
There was great excitement among the soldiers.
The old ways were gone, welcome to technology!
Workshops instructing all personnel
on how to use these modern innovations were given.
However, soldiers treated these new inventions
just like their former latrines.
They threw all kinds of things in the toilet bowls,
creating a mess for those assigned to clean these new devices.
Often the toilets could not be used
because they were clogged up by all kinds of obstructions!
Post Commander Captain Greenleaf A. Goodale
had to establish a new law to avoid these new complications.
His orders were simple:
Use only "soft paper" and at all cost do not throw matches, toothpicks and cigar stumps in the toilet bowl! The consequences would be disastrous: Violators would be court martialed.
After this new law went into effect,
some soldiers continued to be violators.
They saw this as an opportunity to defy the orders.
Are we any better?
Point #1. We all struggle with sin.
You know that and I know that!
So did the Apostle Paul.
We know what to do, but our bodies wage war against that.
Maybe someone has wronged you.
You know that Jesus says you are to forgive that person,
but you feel like getting revenge.
Maybe you hear someone tell a dirty joke.
You don’t want to laugh, but you do.
You hear that someone bought a new car
and you become jealous of what that person has.
Like Paul you say, “I don’t understand why I feel this way!
I’m saved, yet why am I still feeling this way?
If I’m saved,
then why do I still want to do what I know is wrong?
Paul’s answer is that sin is still a force to be reckoned with
even after you have been saved.
It is still there and it must be fought on a daily basis.
Paul knew the law of God.
He knew that the law was good
because it showed him what was right and what was wrong.
The problem was that it offered no solution to the problem.
He needed more than just being told what is right and wrong.
He needed someone to help him do what is right.
When Paul looked at the law,
it told him what was right and was wrong.
It showed him just how wrong he was,
but it didn’t help him overcome that sinfulness.
So he cried out in Verse 24, “What a wretched man I am, who will rescue me from this body of death?”
Then the answer came… “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Point #2. Jesus offers us the victory over that sinful nature.
Jesus offers us victory by first providing forgiveness for our sins.
He also gives us the strength to resist the temptations we face.
The temptation is there,
but God has promised always to provide a way out.
Jesus has promised to provide that strength
needed to take that escape route.
We need the strength to resist our sinful nature.
That strength is provided to us
not by our own power
but by allowing the Holy Spirit greater control of our lives.
Jude 24 says, Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding
Jesus can forgive us,
but by His grace He can keep you from falling into that sin.
The question is do you really want to overcome that temptation.
The flesh is strong.
There will be a battle,
and you need to prepare yourself to win that victory.
There is always a battle taking place