The Christian walk is often a hard one. Our old, sinful nature continually battles against the Spirit, causing us to sin. (Gal 5:17)
Even the Apostle Paul struggled at times, admitting that, “I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Rom 7:15) So in this study we’re going to look at three mistakes all Christian’s make and what to do when we make them.
Now it’s very important to understand that we aren’t trying to correct these mistakes to earn our salvation. Our salvation doesn’t depend on our ability to live a perfect life, it depends on Christ’s ability to live a perfect life, and be a sacrifice for our sins.
In other words we fight against sin not to be saved, but because we are saved, and we want to be as close to our Lord and Savior as we can.
Mistake #1 – God’s Word Isn’t Guiding Your Actions
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (Jam 1:22)
The Christian faith isn’t something only to be professed, it’s also something to be lived. “True faith”, J.C. Ryle once said, “is more than holding theological positions – it’s living, burning and active. It produces works of love, it purifies the heart, and overcomes the world.”
What you believe should affect how you live. God’s Word is “living and powerful”, a “light to our path”, and is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness.” (Heb 4:12, Ps 119:105, 2 Tim 3:16)
If God’s Word Isn’t Guiding Your Actions: “The just shall live by faith,” and “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Hab 2:4 , Rom 10:17). Commit yourself to reading and applying the teachings of the Bible every day.
Prayer: Father, let me not only love Your truth, but live it.
Mistake #2 – You Aren’t Living In God’s Strength
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isa 40:29)
Christians should live day by day in God’s strength, but often they turn their focus from living in His strength, to living in the world’s strength.
People live in worldly strength by intimidating, oppressing or seducing those with lesser strength. The world’s strength is seen by breaking those under them.
People live in God’s strength when they recognize that He alone is the source their joy, value, purpose and power. God’s strength is seen when He gives, renews and increases the strength of those who take refuge in Him. The world forces down and breaks, God lifts up and rebuilds.
If You Aren’t Living In God’s Strength: Focus on living – not for the world – but for Christ, who is your life, and through whom you can do all things. (Col 3:4, Phil 4:13)
Learn from Abraham, who Romans 4:20-21 tells us “was strengthened in faith” because he was “fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to perform.”
Trust the Lord to see you through whatever has been put in your path. Turn to Him to increase your strength when you are weak, give you comfort when you are hurting and give you rest when you are weary. (Isa 40:29, 2 Cor 1:3-6, Matt 11:28)
Prayer: O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
Mistake #3 – You’re Living For Sin Instead Of Living For Christ
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Rom 13:14)
We sin when we go against God’s law. We do this by either not doing what God requires of us or by doing what He has forbidden us to do. Sin can occur in thought, word, or deed.
All too often Christians underestimate the power of sin and overestimate their own power to avoid it. We fall into sin by becoming increasingly comfortable going in the wrong direction. We flirt with sin, then engage in it, then before we know it, we’re overwhelmed by it.
If You Are Living For Sin: Turn from sin to Christ. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Jhn 1:9)
Prayer:Through Christ wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.