Why do we still sin after been saved? This has been the question on many hearts that is bothered about living a holy life but finding it difficult because they keep falling into one sin or the other.
This has got many believers really wondering if living a sin free life is possible. Some are also wondering why it is so that, being saved does not automatically mean you can’t sin.
Why do Christians continue to sin even after being saved?
It’s important for you to know that you have the life of God through the Holy Spirit as a believer, even though it may not look like or feel like it.
The ability to do all God wants of and from you, resides within you. You have the spirit of God. So, it’s God working in you through His Spirit to do His will .But you’ll still wonder why it happens that believers still fall into sin some times.
You need to know that your flesh is not saved.
Your flesh is not born again. Let me resound it again. Your flesh is not born again. Your flesh does not want to obey God as the Spirit of God is leading you. Your flesh will want to do things it used to do before you got saved by grace.
Flesh will make praying a hard task to do, flesh will want you to back out on that fasting plan you have because it’s not convenient for it. Flesh will make you not want to study the word of God. You’ll agree with me that the flesh loves and crave for pleasure and comfort.
I remember a certain day when the Holyspirit told me to fast, I was so hungry to the extent that it seems like I lost all the strength in my body, I had to break the fast prematurely.
There are times when there will be a struggle between the flesh and the spirit. I remember a day that I was to pray at night but I was very tired I didn’t even know when I slept off.
Our flesh wants pleasure, and you must be careful of it. You must be able to keep your flesh in subjection because flesh is what makes a lot walks in the way that does not please the Lord.
You need to know that devil does not like the way he lost you.
You being saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is tantamount to the devil losing you because you’re God’s own and the devil knows.
The devil wants to try to bring a separation between you and God. Sometimes he tries to feed your mind with lies that about your forgiven past. And he also tries to make you sin against God, he sure knows that it will affect your relationship and walk with God if you’re not repentant.
But let me break the good news, God does not hate you because of that sin neither has he stopped loving you because of it. No, His love is unconditional. So if you are in this situation, go straight to God, don’t waste time and don’t let give the devil space to feed your mind with lies. Confess your sins to God and ask for His forgiveness.
It takes your submission to God for the devil to flee when you resist him. When the devil tries to push things through your mind, learn to respond with the word of God.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
There’s no consistent relationship with God
The beauty of being saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is the ability to build a very solid relationship with God and grow in the knowledge of Him. If only we can learn to fellowship with God in His Word and prayers consistently.
By this, we grow in our relationship with God and our love for God. And the love of God in you will make you hate sin, because He also hates it. You’d always strive to make Him happy and give Him all the glory in all your endeavours.
There’s no total obedience.
In our walk with God, obedience to the instructions from God is very important. Holyspirit resides in every believer and He guides us all into all truth.
But many a times, we all turn deaf ears because we want to gratify ourselves, give our fleshly desire etc. We must learn to obey God.
If we can learn to stay obedient to the voice of the Holyspirit guiding us on the inside of us. He will help us to live a holy life, because it’s by only Him we can live Holy life.
How Can We Live a Holy Life?
Holiness is one of things God wants of us and we can live holy because God has given us an Helper – Holyspirit, who will help us. God is Holy and His Spirit lives right in you. You can live holy with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Holiness is a characteristics of God that God has embedded in us through His Holyspirit. We can only express holy living through the spirit of God.
As a young Christian, I often worry a lot about holiness and this make me sin conscious and because of that, there is always the tendency for me to disobey God very easily. That is more reason why your fellowship with the Holy Spirit is very important.
You should draw a lesson from my story. Don’t be too sin conscious, focus on Jesus. Be cautious of the presence of Holyspirit in you. Focus on having a better relationship with God daily, and He will help you live a holy life daily.
It’s very important to have a strong relationship with God. You can not live a holy life outside of God. Remember too, flee appearance of evil, don’t put yourself in situations where you’d be vulnerable to sin.
The Holy Spirit is not just the third person in Trinity, he is an instructor. Many times when you are dealing with the consequences of disobedience, He guides us into God’s forgiveness and help us out of it.
When you continue to fellowship with the Holy Spirit, he teaches you the way of God and He does not forsake you.
So, Holiness is possible, as you continue to walk with the Lord, it becomes part and parcel of you to do that which God wills every blessed day.
Though, temptations may arise, God’s strength will be available to overcome in victory.
So build your relationship with God, and stay victorious living a holy life with God’s strength through His Spirit!