Why Do We Still Sin?

Yesterday I read Hebrews 2:1 which says, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” I wrote in my journal: why do we sin?

Have you ever thought about why you just sinned? We were bought off of sin’s slave block. Redeemed through Jesus’ shed blood. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “…that we, having died to sins…” Dead things do not respond.

I continued through Hebrews 3. Verse 12 says that we sin by departing from the living God. Verse 13 says that we become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Verse 18 says it is disobedience. Verse 19 says unbelief. Hebrew 4:2 says that God’s word won’t profit us unless we mix it with faith.

Let me recap: disobedience is rooted in unbelief. Hebrews 5:8 said of Jesus, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Do we emulate the Lord’s character through our suffering?

Yesterday afternoon I was proofreading Day 55 in my new 90 day devotional, “Overcoming Daily: more rich insights from my quiet time.” Here is the beginning of a paragraph: Why do we sin when our sin-debt was paid for in full? Several paragraphs later: The only way a believer can sin is through willful disobedience.

I love the Lord’s timing. I wrote that post several months ago. Yet, the Lord was speaking the same thing then as He was showing me in the present.

I keep going back to Proverbs 4:23 because it has so many applications. It says to keep or guard our heart with all diligence. Proverbs 12:27 says, “The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.” Diligence is not the vocabulary of a lazy person.

Proverbs 24:30 says, “I went by the field of the lazy man…” The result? Verse 31 says, “And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down.”

Our sin gives satan influence in our heart. That influence erodes our walk with the Lord. Jesus is our example. He ‘learned’ obedience. Learning something takes diligence. It requires doing something over and over until it is grooved in our heart, and becomes part of our thought process.

When we are tempted to sin: to complain, get angry, be impatient, chafe under our trial, or wish things were different, we must remember that we are dead to sin. In the face of any temptation, we set our heart to obey by submitting our will to God’s will and His impeccable timing. As we do this each time we too will learn obedience and emulate Jesus’ character.

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