Lesson Six

Dealing with Sin

How  do I Overcome Sin in My Life

A famous preacher once said that when a saved person begins to battle sin in his own life, he enters a combat so intense it makes World War II look like a Sunday School picnic. This truth is not evident to a young Christian, but as you grow, you will realize further the intensity of the struggle.

As we saw very briefly in lesson two, when you got saved you became two people. Your old man in Adam's image  has a sinful nature, and your new man in Christ Jesus has God's image. this lesson is designed to help you combat the sin nature of the old man.

What is Sin?

A.     Sin is breaking God's Law (1 John 3:4).
B.     Sin is any unrighteousness (1 John 5:17).
C.     Sin is anything done apart from faith (Romans 14:23).

Why Do I Sin?

A.     You sin because you inherited a sinful nature from Adam (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49).
B.     You sin because your old nature draws you into sin (James 1:13-14; Romans 7:14-25).
C.     You sin as a result of temptation in three major areas which are outlined in 1 John 2:15-16, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world."
  Jesus was also tempted in these three areas, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
  1.   "The lust of the flesh": Eve was tempted in this point when she was that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was "good for food" (Genesis 3:6). Jesus was tempted in this point when the Devil tried to get Him to turn stones into bread (Matthew 4:3).
  2.   "The lust of the eyes": Eve was also tempted here when she saw the tree was "pleasant to the eyes." Jesus was tempted as well when the Devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and promised to give them to Him in exchange for worship (Matthew 4:8-9).
  3.   "The pride of life": Eve fell to the temptation that the fruit of the tree was "to be desired to make one wise." Jesus overcame the temptation to cast Himself down to prove the angles would take care of Him (Matthew 4:5-6).