How many of you have struggled with sin and have had the thought, “I am never going to be able to overcome this.” The thing is we can overcome it! It may be difficult and something that we have to work at every day, but in the end if we trust and have faith in the Lord we can accomplish anything. A lot of the time I feel our society and sometimes even Christians like to put a sin scale on things. All sin is the same in the eyes of God no matter how big or small it is. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Even though all sin is the same in the eyes of God, in our society, some sins have larger consequences. I help a lot with jail ministry for women in my home town and usually these women will agree with me that their time there is a result of the wrong they have done.
I am forever encouraged by the church at Corinth that Paul speaks of in I Corinthians 6. These Christians at Corinth were having a lot of problems with division which we can read about in chapter 1, but we also see something else that they struggled with in chapter 6. I Corinthians 6:9-10 reads “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous nor drunkards nor revilers (those who speak hurtful things), nor extortioners (those who cheat people out of money) will inherit the kingdom of God.” Check out what Paul says through inspiration in verse 11- “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Those Christians had a rough past and had struggled with those things listed above, but since they became Christians Paul says they are different now. These people are sanctified and justified by the shed blood of Jesus. That, my friends, is how we are able to change. Don’t tell me it is impossible. It’s not, but it is up to you whether you want to change or not.
We may have a thorn in our flesh that Paul speaks of in II Corinthians 12:7. “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.” Remember who Paul use to be? He was Saul, one of the biggest persecutors of Christians (Acts 9:1-2). Isn’t it funny how the Lord used him to spread the good news of the gospel? My point is, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what your past is like, you can change. You can change and live a life that is a lot more enjoyable and satisfying, a life for the Lord. What’s stopping you?