Sin, Salvation, Struggling Christians, Satan’s Lies and Saving Grace, Part 2

By: Woody Godbey

In Tuesdays post, I talked about Christians doubting their salvation.  I believe Satan is behind a lot of that and one of the ways he is so successful is his lies.  He lied to Adam and Eve and they believed him, and sin came to God’s new creation.  Adam and Eve were in a perfect state and they were no match for Satan’s lie.

Jesus said that Satan is a liar and you can count on him lying to you.  I’ve heard people say things like “I’ve tried to stop sinning, but I can’t, I must not be saved.”  That is Satan lying to you.  I want you to think about something.  Just as we couldn’t save ourselves, we needed God’s grace, so we cannot live the Christian life in our own strength.  We still need God’s grace to provide the strength for obedience.  The Apostle John reminds us that we lie if we say we have no sin—and that Jesus is our atoning sacrifice for that very reason (1 John 1:8; 2:1).  Let me give you something to use in combating Satan’s lies.  You cannot out sin the grace of God.  Let that sink in, YOU CANNOT OUT SIN THE GRACE OF GOD.  God the Father will never abandon His children.  The truth is, your struggle against sin is a huge clue that the Spirit of God is working in your life. Because the New Testament constantly gives instruction to Christians struggling with sin, we understand that it is a normal experience.  Scripture speaks not only to the temptations this world offers but it also reminds us of our ongoing vulnerability to those temptations (2 Corinthians 6:14).  The same weaknesses that bound us to sin in the old life we bring with us into the new.  

Another lie Satan tells struggling Christians is, “My sin is too great.  I don’t know for sure that God will forgive me.”  There are times when Christians struggling with sin blow it big-time. And because we knew better, and yet did it anyway, we fall for Satan’s lie that tells us we crossed a point of no return with God. There is NO SIN too great for God’s forgiveness.  Your sin is no exception.  There may be consequences, but God’s grace always offers forgiveness. The Lord has given you the promise that if you have believed in Jesus who died for your sins, God has already accepted you.  “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1   Let me say it again, you cannot out-sin the grace of God. God never abandons His children. 

David committed adultery and had a man killed but he found grace and forgiveness from the Lord.  Peter denied that he even knew Jesus but found forgiveness.  Moses murdered a man and disobeyed God’s direct command by striking the rock, but he was forgiven.  We may have consequences for our sins but never abandonment by God.  As a Christian, you will always be His child no matter what you do.

Only a self-righteous person will say they are without sin.  If we say we have no sin, we call God a liar.  Sin will never affect our position in Christ, but unconfessed sin will harm our relationship with our Father.  But, “if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.  A lost person couldn’t care less if they sin or not, but I can guarantee you it will bother a saved person. There may be those times when we are so backslidden that we live a careless life but there is something within us that is convicting and working on our behalf.  There is a lot that needs to be said on this teaching, but this is a short version to help those who are struggling with sin and listening to Satan’s lies.  Never doubt God’s love for you and never doubt that God is going to finish the work in you He started at salvation.  You may not see it but He’s working!  God Bless