So, if sin is in us, still doing its thing, how can we ever really have victory? It is certainly helpful to have an explanation for why I do things I don’t want to do, but does this mean that I am doomed to continue doing them? No matter what anyone says or explains, it still feels a lot like I am doing these things. I can believe that sin is an active force within me, but does believing that really make a difference?
Actually, it makes a lot of difference. First, Paul says that sin no longer is in charge. It may be present, but it isn’t in charge. “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) Because of what Jesus has done, because He is your life now, you are free. The only real power sin has in your life is to deceive. Once you know the truth, the truth sets you free.
Isn’t it amazing how Scripture comes together when viewed in the right way? “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2) If sin is no longer in charge, then I don’t have to do what it wants me to do. I am free!
Of course, sin is still a force that desires control. It uses the old habits and the old thinking to manipulate us into doing what it wants. And, often, we do. Sin’s way makes sense to us so often. We reason things through according to the flesh thinking we are used to and we come to the same conclusions we used to come to. But we don’t have to . . . and that’s something quite new and quite amazing.