... Faithwoman's very personal post HERE. I've always so greatly respected you for your preparedness to 'tell it like it is' concerning your life! This is truly EXCELLENT because what it does is help others to see that THEIR STRUGGLES are not 'unique', that they are NOT the only person with "THAT" problem!! Well done indeed!
I see that the 'old man of sin' is still considerably bugging you. THIS is your field of battle - satan will always get involved to try and make it worse and tempt you to sin, but the REAL battlefield lies WITHIN YOU!!!
Paul spells out this whole deal in the passage below: specifically that WE DIED, WITH HIM, UNTO SIN. And WE'VE RISEN, WITH HIM, UNTO A NEW LIFE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. The power to live without sin, comes from DYING to sin, in Christ, then RISING again to righteousness, in Christ!! So this is all about JESUS - NOT about ME!!
Okay, we ALL need to READ and fully DIGEST the truly WONDROUS TRUTHS God has given us in this most ASTONISHING passage!! Please DO read and STUDY it carefully:
2 ...How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be SLAVES of sin.
7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
11 Likewise you also, RECKON (consider) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Therefore do not let sin REIGN (be in charge) in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14 For sin shall NOT have dominion (rule) over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
So where's the FOCUS of our whole life to be? On US and OUR problems? Of course not!! Total waste of our precious TIME and ENERGY! - our Christian life will WORK ONLY when our DAILY LIFE-FOCUS is on theLord!!!
May we ALL learn to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God, through the Lord Jesus!!!
- BM (with his Lady)