Help, I’m A Christian Stuck in Sin!
As a Christian, I am in Christ. I am not a Christian liar, I am not a Christian luster, I am a Christian and those sins are not who I am. Those things are who I was.
A man struggling with adultery is an adulterer, a man struggling with lying is still a liar, but if a man is in Christ, he is none of those things, he is a new creation, and his struggle has changed because God has placed a new disposition inside of Him, the disposition of His Son (Rom. 8:15). A beautiful thing happens when someone becomes a Christian. God no longer identifies that person with their struggles, but with Christ alone (Rom. 6:5). Whereas before, if you struggled with lying you were identified as a liar, as a Christian you may struggle with lying, but through the grace of God you are identified as a Christian. A “Liar,” or “Luster,” or “slanderer” is not who you are, it’s who you were (1 Cor. 6:9-11), and now, in Christ you are “Christian,” the old you is gone, the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17). So stop living in the dead man and live in the new man, Christ! Stop living in the dead man, doing dead works, and expecting to “feel” anything more than death! If you want to “feel” life, to feel alive, you must be alive in Christ the only source of life, letting Him work in your life, and ultimately, letting Him work through your life. God wants to conform you to Jesus’ image, so let Him - Surrender.
A Christian is a Christian because he identifies with Jesus. A true Christian has made Jesus' death his death and has found that Jesus’ resurrected life is his life now, and he presently identifies with it (Gal. 2:20). What Jesus is, a true Christian is, what Jesus is not, a true Christian is not. A true Christian identifies with Jesus in every way. That is why he is “Christian,” that is why he is not those sins he struggles with; those sins are dead on a cross, and his new life is alive forever (because Jesus is alive forever).
In fact the great struggle of a Christian is much different than a struggle of an addict. A Christian has the power of God on his side while an addict is a slave to his sin. Further, every persons' deepest struggle is wrapped up in what he identifies himself with. A Christian then, does not sin because he is identified with his flesh, he sins because he forgets the reality that he is identified with Christ; he believes the lies of the world and succumbs to his flesh even though it has already been counted as dead to his identity by God (Rom. 6:4).
A liar struggles in lying, an adulterer struggles in adultery (having nowhere to go but back to that sin), a homosexual struggles in homosexuality, but a Christian does not struggle “in” these things, he struggles against these things. These things are not who he is anymore, they are who he was! He is not any of these things anymore, and though he may struggle with these things, he no longer identifies with them as a liar, or an adulterer, or a homosexual, but struggles against them as a Christian; one who identifies with Christ and who he is. This is why God demands surrender! Because in order for God to identify you with Jesus’ Cross and Jesus’ life, you must be willing to lose your life for His sake and identify with that cross (Matt. 16:23). God will bring you into the life of His Son and you will be rightly called a Christian (a part of the Body of Christ - With Christ as the head) if you stop working and let Jesus work now, in you and through you as Lord.