The Sin Cycle

“So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 (NLT)
The purpose behind Satan’s realm is to ruin the Christian’s life and therefore his testimony. Our faith conquers by clinging to eternal realities. So what about when a Christian does not live this victory?
When you become a Christian, Paul says ‘you are dead to sin and alive to Christ’. Dead here does not mean ‘annihilated’ but separated. Your ‘sin factory’ is still able to operate, and you still have access to it, but it doesn’t run you. God’s Spirit is now your new source of power to live by. Your will is free and is poised between the two sources; having the responsibility of refusing the call of the evil nature and heeding the urgings of the divine nature. The Christian never acts in a vacuum; he acts and speaks in the energy of the evil nature (the sin factory) or in the power of the divine nature (the Spirit within). There are things that feed the sin factory, and things that feed the divine nature. We become what we eat.
          That’s why we must live by the Spirit; we must give ourselves completely to God. We will either surrender ourselves to God, or surrender ourselves to sinful desires. There is no middle ground.
          When you were born again, you became a sworn enemy to the legions of hell. If Satan and his minions cannot have your soul, they will settle for your reputation and your attention. They know that if you’re not serving God, you’re serving Satan.
          So if you don’t live in victory, what do you do? Surrender yourself to God. And if you stumble, surrender. Don’t run from God, run to Him. The demons will flee.
-Pastor Dino Griffin