Having been a Pastor, people would come to me on a regular basis to ask my advice about a problem they had. However, their problem was not their real problem. Their real problem was that they thought they had a problem. Their real problem was sin.
“Everyone has problems. Problems are just a part of life. We are all just human, right?” It seems normal for us to be “working out” our problems. These are just a few of the ways we rationalize the continuation of “problems” in our lives (Proverbs 28:13).
In his book, “Maximized Manhood,” Dr. Ed Cole teaches that Christians have used modern psychology to water down the need for the Gospel. His point is that we look at our sin as a problem instead of the sin that it is. The problem with viewing sin as a problem is that it moves sin out of the realm of a spiritual issue to a personal issue. When it becomes a personal issue, we then try using will power or 10-Steps to fixing our problems. It also minimizes the impact of sin and our accountability to God.
We have no power over sin. Only the power of Jesus Christ through the Gospel can deliver us from the power of sin. This is not a one-time event. It is an ongoing process. When we see sin in our lives, we MUST turn to Jesus. It’s not about trying to figure out a way to “fix” our problem.
Ultimately, the root of all problems is sin, and unless we address our sin, our problems will persist. At its core, sin is an offense again God, and it needs to be addressed in the way Dr. Cole teaches.
First, We Have to Confess Our Sin
We must agree with God and His Word that sin is sin. We confess that we have sinned against God (Psalm 51:4). We confess that our actions or attitudes are sinful.
Second, We Must Repent
Repentance is not confession. Confession is part of repentance, but the actual meaning of repentance is a change of mind. We agree that what we have done is sinful and it is wrong. We also agree that God’s way is the good and right way. This is done through a renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). The way we renew our minds is by reading the Word of God every day!
Third, We Must Forsake The Sin
To forsake the sin, we must first confess and repent. If you do not follow the first two steps, we cannot follow the third. Forsaking sin involves believing that the power of Jesus gives us the ability to walk in faith and obedience.
This is a continual process in the Christian life. We will never be perfect this side of heaven. However, God has made a way for us in the mean time (1 John 1:9). If you have been struggling with problems in your life, I encourage you to follow the above process and seek Jesus’ deliverance from the power of sin in your life.