9 Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister.
1 John 3:9-10, CEB
If you are a child of God you can’t sin. If you’re a child of your shouldn’t practice sinning. So, how do you convince a Christian to sin? You make them forget their true identity. It’s that simple, really.
How do you forget your identity? By simple questioning. Satan made Eve question God’s word in the garden by simply saying, “Did God say…?“
Living as a Christian in a world that hasn’t realized redemption can be hard. It can be easy to forget that we are not of this world. It’s simple to slip into the patterns of the fallen culture.
So, how do we not forget? Remember who we are and who God is.
Your identity is vital to your life as a Christian. To know who you are and whose you are is the plumbline of the daily life of every believer.
This is all good information, but what if you don’t know who you are? I’ve talked about this before but check out Dr. Paul Ellis’ post on Who Do You Think You Are. I have actually made a practice of reading this at least twice a week. If you start here and dive into all the scriptures link in his post, you should begin to gain the truth of your identity in Christ!
6-11 Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
Romans 6:6-11, Message
For the believer to continue to practice sin is for them to have an identity crisis. They must forget who they are and do something that goes against their very nature. The sinning believer is just like someone wearing a mask, hiding behind a facade.
for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self
Colossians 3:9b-10, Amplified
It’s time to remember who we are and who God is. It’s time to take off the mask of sin that we try to hide behind.
Note to self: