Why Is It So Difficult to Stop Sin?

Why Is It So Difficult to Stop Sin?

April 7, 2024

HANDOUT FOR SERMON: WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO STOP SINNING? April 7th, 2024, Manchester, TN

INTRODUCTION: Sin is a topic mentioned often in the Bible. It is important that we have a proper view of sin. It is valuable for our relationship with God to understand how God views sin and sins’ consequences. Sin was introduced into humanity from the beginning. We learn from what God has revealed to us in the Bible that Satan or the Devil has sinned since the beginning of time. He is described as the great deceiver and the one who is trying his utmost to cause us to sin against God.

What is sin?
• It is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law, God’s law.
• A sin in the eyes of God.
• It is wrongdoing, an act of evil or wickedness.
• In 1 John 3:4-6 sin is mentioned as “transgression of the law.” (The law of God!)
Scripture: 1 John 3:18, 1 John 3:4-5, Romans 3:23, James 4:17, Romans 3:23, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 John 2:1, 1 John 3:8
It is important we understand the enormous influence Satan has on humanity. Satan understands humanity and our flesh; therefore, he is very good at appealing to us in many different ways. God describes the devil as a roaring lion roaming around looking for anyone he can consume!

Things we need to know about sin:
• Sin separates us from God. Isaiah 59:1-2 (I must take sin seriously!)
• The wages of Sin is death. Romans 6:23 (I must find release from this debt!)
• Sin demands a price to be paid! 1 Peter 2:24-28, Romans 6:23 (I have to therefore live for Jesus Christ and that involves giving up sin in my life!)
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2 A living sacrifice. Galatians 2;20 Christ lives in me.1 John 2:3-6 Walk the same way He walked. 2 Peter 1:3-4 We are called to His glory and excellence.

The Solution for Sin is Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The way we rid our lives of sin and guilt is in the initial surrender unto Jesus Christ. Through our faith, we are drawn to Jesus and we accept Him as the savior and payment for our sin and we are then born of the water and the spirit (John 3:3-5). The sins we repent of to Jesus are then washed away or removed by God in our being baptized for the remission of sin. (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6).
Scripture: James 4:7-8, John 5:14, John 8:10-11, Romans 1:16, Acts 4;12, 1 Corinthians 2:1-2, Ephesians 2:5-6

A Better Understanding for How Sin Works. Once we better understand how sin works in us and upon us then we will be more successful in learning how to fight it and actually defeat it!
• Sin is sourced inside of Me. By that we mean it results from something within us. We choose to sin? The choice is always within you. It is a choice you make. James 1:12-16
• Sin works on Me in three different ways. How is sin getting to me? Why do I keep giving in to sin? How is sin doing this to me? 1 John 2:15 It is because we desire or lust after things. It entices yours eyes, it invites your flesh to feel something more and fulfilling, it allures your sense of prideful selfish ambition.
• Sin adapts to the environment we find ourselves in. Since sin is sourced within us, it will be in every single environment or place we find ourselves. It can be in a wilderness (Matthew 4) or desert, it can even be in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3-4), or even among God’s people. Sin appears just about anywhere and when we are most prone to give in to it.

Let Us Consider the First Three Recorded Sins of the Bible. As we read and consider these examples of sin, think about the events and meditate upon them. Then try to put yourself in each of these situations or environments and see if you gain some insight as to how sin works.
1. Adam and Eve, Genesis 3:1-7 The challenge Eve found herself in is that there has something out of reach that she felt she must have or needed. Even though God had blessed her with so much, yes, everything she needed and all that was good for her. We must remember as children of God, God blesses you with all that you need. Everything God says is good-IS GOOD! Everything God says is not good-IS NOT GOOD! James 1;16 & 17-19
2. Cain. Genesis 4:1-7 Consider the tough situation Cain found himself in. He came to offer a sacrifice to God of the things he had. God did not have great favor in Cain’s offering. There is much speculation why that is but in truth God doesn’t come right out and say why. Cain was very upset that God did not recognize him in the manner he felt God should have. We learn that sin takes advantage of the times when we feel there is something we have done that doesn’t get the respect or recognition we want and frustrates us. Sin takes advantage of our emotions and frustrations. God is patient, if I am humble and correctible. The only way to get better is to accept that you did not deserve the recognition and that your were most likely wrong!
3. Lamech. Genesis 4:19-24 There are many situations and times when there is something done to you that makes you incredibly angry and you want to retaliate. Sin often results from someone doing something to us that we did not like, and we then want to do something back to them! The young boy hit Lamech so Lamech kills the boy! How does God tell us to deal with our enemies? We must remember God will deal with our enemies. We must be determined that will not be like them in attitude, speech or actions. Romans 12:17 (Hebrews 10:23-26 & 1 Corinthians 10:13)