I have a funny memory from the days when my youngest daughter was a toddler. One day I went looking for her and found her hidden in the pantry. She was feasting away on a bag of potato chips! When I opened the door she looked at me with a guilty face and said, “I eat chips!” She knew that wasn’t normally “allowed,” so she found herself a little spot to hide from me so she could indulge!
We smile when a toddler is mischievous enough to figure out how to sneak around to do what they want, but isn’t it really painful when we see the same tendencies in our own hearts?!
In Chapter four of Lies Women Believe, I was reminded of five lies I believe about my sin. I wonder if you ever find yourself thinking these thoughts…
- I can sin and get away with it. The devil tries to make us believe (or we tell ourselves) that perhaps God is too busy to see my sin. Or this will be overlooked.
Even though sin may not cost me immediately, it will always cost dearly. In the long run, every sin will bring a consequence. Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Sin’s pleasure only lasts for a season. Hebrews 11:25
If I play with fire, I will get burned. James 1:13-15
- My sin isn’t really that bad. It’s easy to compare our gossip or “white lie” to a person’s adultery or murder and think we must be okay. After all, this isn’t so bad! But consider Eve’s sin – she could have thought – I just ate a piece of fruit! What’s the big deal? The big deal is that we violated the holy God. Justice has to be paid because it really is that bad to a holy God. One leak sinks a ship. One sin condemns a sinner.
Every sin is an act of rebellion against God. Romans 3:23
No sin is small. Romans 6:23
- God can’t forgive what I’ve done. We often hear people say “I can’t forgive myself for what I did!” Nowhere in Scripture are we ever told that we must forgive ourselves. The truth that that person is not understanding is that God has forgiven them. They may not feel forgiven, but that’s where faith steps in. That’s where God’s Word steps in and gives us words to preach to ourselves when we feel the guilt creeping back in!
Christ’s blood is sufficient to cover any and every sin we have committed. I John 1:7
- I’m not fully responsible for my actions and reactions. Just like Adam and Eve, we can be tempted to point an accusatory finger at the person or situation that is really the reason we sinned. “If my mother hadn’t been so domineering, if my husband hadn’t had an affair, if my boss hadn’t been so mean…”we find all kinds of reasons not to take the blame for our own actions.
God does not hold me accountable for the actions of others. Genesis 3:11-13
I am responsible for my own choices. Psalm 51:1-4
- I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin. We sin. We confess it. Soon, we find ourselves doing the same thing again. We feel defeated, like Paul did when he said,
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Romans 7:15-20 Satan wants us to feel defeated so he can discourage us from the Christian life, ruin our testimony and rob us of joy. But Christ came to defeat sin.
If I am a child of God, I don’t have to sin. Romans 6:14
By God’s grace and the finished work of Christ on the cross, I can experience victory over sin. John 15:5
Sin will destroy us, but praise the Lord, Christ came to take the penalty for our sin as well as the power of sin. One day when we’re with Him, we’ll also be removed from the presence of sin! Until then, let’s think the truth and live victoriously!
If there’s a lie you’e been believing about your sin, replace it with the Truth of God’s Word.