Here is a true concept that can strengthen your walk of faith:
YOU ARE NOT YOUR SIN!
Unfortunately, this truth is not common knowledge in the faith. Many mistakenly believe that they are their sin. If you live under this assumption, I pray that God would open your eyes to see that separating self and sin is your victory at Calvary (Is. 53:10-11).
We are all aware of sin’s insidious nature. Detailed in Romans 7, the sin principle operates in the world and in our flesh (Rom. 7:17-23). However, any sin we may commit is not who we are (Rom. 7:17, 20): “So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me” (Rom. 7:17). Getting a grip on this pivotal truth is revolutionary in the walk of faith.
If our sin is not who we are, then who are we?
The Scriptures declare who we are! Through His supernatural victory, Christ not only paid for, but BECAME, our sin- all of it. In that substitution, He declared us partakers of the divine nature in the new creation (Eph. 4:24, 2 Cor. 5:17, 2 Cor. 5:21 Col. 3:10, 1 Cor 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:4, John 3:6). This is a fact. And our victory.
When God creates, He separates. At creation God spoke light into being and then separated it from the darkness (Gen.1:4).
In a similar pattern, at salvation God called us by name raising us up from spiritual death (Eph. 2:1) calling us out of the tomb like Lazarus (Jn. 11:43), making us alive in Christ and placing us in His kingdom of light (Col. 1:13).
He then separated us from darkness by placing all of our sin on the cross where He, Himself, became our sin (2 Cor. 5:21). This decisive separation of light and darkness set us apart us from the darkness of sin and the world system. For true believers, this is a permanent state of spiritual being (1 John 2:19).
Both at creation and at salvation, God created and separated light from darkness. We can call each ordered division of light and darkness a kind of “divine separation.”
If God separates light and darkness, we should, too!
Let’s keep the “divine separation” concept in mind and learn to apply it to ourselves in daily life. Wisdom dictates that we continually enforce a boundary between the light and the darkness like God does. The boundary between the two is enforced inside of us. It is an “internal boundary” to help us discern-
- who we are (We are light, Matt 5:14) and
- what sin is (Sin is darkness, Rom.7:17, 20).
Self and sin, like light and darkness, are two very separate things!
Just as the Word of God separates joint and marrow (Heb. 4:12), we can apply God’s Word and decipher between self and sin. Such spiritual discernment gives us major victory over the enemy with a holy internal boundary.
Are you ready to enforce your boundary?
Who am I? I am the new creation in Christ by the will of God. I am learning to partake in the divine nature. In my inner (spirit) man, I agree with God that I am the unchanging new nature (Rom. 7:22)…even if my unpredictable feelings and circumstances don’t agree with Him (Eph. 4:24, 2 Cor. 5:17, Col. 3:10, 1 Cor 3:16, John 3:6)… They often don’t! God says I am not my sin. This is a daily test of faith…Do I live by faith -or by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)?
What is sin? Sin is the principle of lawlessness (1 John 3:4); anything not done in faith (Rom.14:23); the fallenness of the world and flesh at work opposing the Holy Spirit.
Why do I struggle with sin? The sin principle operates through your flesh automatically like an active virus. Your flesh is like a puppet, a conduit through which the enemy and the world system manipulate you. The more you focus on and obey flesh, the more it will rule over you. When you focus instead on your glorious and permanent identity in Christ, over time flesh loses power (Rom.8:3-5)…although it might (initially) have a temper tantrum. God uses sin struggles to conform you to His image. The sin is not who you are; the Scriptures reveal that you are the new creation in Christ. Key tip- Behavior always and only follows identity.
Will I always sin? God gives you free will. You do not have to sin. 1 John 2:1 says, IF we sin we have an Advocate. Rather than continuing to sin, healing is a much better choice (James 5:16). The more healing you get, the less you will sin. On the contrary, the Scriptures tell us that if we continue to live a lifestyle of sinning, then that is evidence that we do not belong to Christ (1 John 3:9; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
How can God be patient with my sin? God sees the big picture. At Calvary He dealt with every single sin- past, present and future. That’s why He said, “It is finished.” And that’s how there can be no condemnation for believers. Christ took it all. There’s none left (Rom. 8:1).
Believe and go free. No matter your feeling or circumstance, you are not your sin! God says you are His new creation in Christ. And He’s always right. Light and darkness were separated for you at salvation, just like at Creation. Christ has already dealt with your sin in totality (John 19:30).
God wants healing for your wounds and sin. The natural result will be much less sin in your life. Discover more in God’s Word about the new nature that you already are! This will yield traction in the power of your identity. Your identity will ground you and pull you along spiritually as you gain dominion over sin by consistently reaching out for healing (Gen. 4:7).
Prayer– LORD, Please open my eyes to see that I am not my sin, but that You have made me the new nature. This is my true and complete identity now. Help me find resources for healing of my wounds and sin so that I may enjoy the abundant life you came to give me (John 10:10). Thank you for hearing my prayer. I will trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The Finality of the Cross video may be helpful in further explanation- (Scriptures listed below).
Romans 7:17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Romans 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Romans 7:22-23 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Isaiah 53:10-11 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of His experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins.
Genesis 1:3-4 And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it; and God separated the light [distinguishing it] from the darkness.
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Ephesians 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].
2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him–
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
2 Peter 1:4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
Ephesians 2:1 And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins
John 11:43 When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!
Romans 8:3-5 For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. And so He condemned sin in the flesh 4in order that the righteousness requirement of the law might be met in us who do not live according to the flesh by according to the Spirit. 5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live according the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you do not sin. But, if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Neither the sexually immoral nor the idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus
John 19:30 It is finished.
Genesis 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].