Why Do You Keep Sinning, Falling, & Messing Up?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writing | 18 Comments

Think for a moment out of all the teachers you’ve had in school, which one comes to mind the easiest? Which one is your favorite? Who’s teaching had the greatest impact on you? Mine was Ms. Bear. She was my 2nd grade teacher. She was your typical elementary school teacher who looked like she had just been transplanted out of Mr Roger’s neighborhood. I loved her. Why? Because she was a great teacher, but mostly because I really knew she cared about me. That made all the difference. She took time to invest. 

It reminded me of a passage in Titus 2:11-14:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

What does the beginning of that verse say? It says grace trains us to put off sin. It doesn’t say grace compels us to keep sinning. It doesn’t say God’s wrath trains us to put off sin. It says that grace trains us to stop sinning. Grace is our teacher. Now, the word train can mean a million different things right? Soldiers train. Kids train. Computer engineers train. But they are all different types of training. I’d hope my kid doesn’t get trained the same way a Navy Seal gets trained. So what kind of training does it mean in this verse?

 

The greek word used is παιδεύουσα (root word paidĕuō). It literally means to train up a child. Do you see how beautiful that is? The Apostle Paul is communicating to us in this verse that the same way a Father in tenderness trains a child is the same way grace trains us to stop sinning. It’s not the same as a drill sergeant. Grace will never fire you. Grace will never kick you out of class. Grace will never ask for your letter of resignation. The more you stray or mess up, the more grace gets deeply involved with you. Isn’t that true with a Father? At work when you mess up, you get fired. But when a child messes up, the parents usually expend more energy on that child. Discipline is a beautiful tool of Jesus to actually prove we are legitimate children of the king (See Hebrews 12:7-11).

 

So for those struggling with sin, know that your moral effort, or your white knuckle obedience won’t cut it. Come on, be honest, everyone has that one sin they can’t seem to stop doing. The guilt, the shame, and the embarrassment of thinking you are better than that. So you rationalize and think you just must have not had enough faith. This time you will definitely trust in Jesus more, try harder, and finally succeed. But here’s the truth-making more rules won’t cut it. Mustering up more effort won’t cut it. It doesn’t depend on your will or exertion, but on the mercy of God (Romans 9:16). Are those things good? Sure, but as a response to grace, not a merit for grace. Grace is what teaches us to say no to the world. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness. It teaches us to say no worldly passions. Have you ever let that sink in? Do you really believe that? Or do you think reading your bible more in the morning will do the trick? Do you believe that the unmerited favor of God towards you because of Jesus is what kills the power of sin in your life?

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” || Romans 6:14 ESV

Sin only has dominion when you are under law. When you think you are an employee of God, rather than a child, sin has power. When you think you are under contract, rather than under covenant, sin has power. But, if you are under the waterfall of grace, you can begin to slowly but surely put away sin. It’s not a freeway its a dirt road–and sometimes you crawl. The beauty of it though is that along the journey grace is your teacher. You receive the full and perfect grade before you even start the class. The standing you have the minute you trust Jesus is the same standing you will have the minute you die–perfect, spotless, and blameless. If that truly penetrates your heart, when you fall you’ll run towards Him, not away from Him. Below Pastor Matt Chandler shares a story, that I’ve used plenty of times, that illustrates this point beautifully.



So is grace your teacher? Or are you still struggling under the unbearable weight of the law? Come to Jesus. He bears the burden. He takes the load. He does it for us. That is grace.

 

18 Comments

  1. Jeanette
    March 26, 2012

    Wow! Amen!!!!!

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    • Tonya
      April 8, 2012

      Great stuff and sooooooo true!!!

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  2. Helena
    March 26, 2012

    Amen, thanks for this bro !

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    • kay wheeler
      March 26, 2012

      The road to hell is paved with God’s LOVE UNACCEPTED.

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  3. Fabio
    March 26, 2012

    Awesome, God bless you

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  4. Femi Longe
    March 26, 2012

    Awesome. Left me speechless for a while. Thank u, bro. THANK U, GOD!

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  5. Chad Neuroth
    March 26, 2012

    you are truly gifted by God; keep it up!

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  6. Anthony Rivera
    March 26, 2012

    Because We r Sinners, Saved By Grace…Amen! Amen!! Amen!!! WOW A lot of Word and Truth, their 2 B Used 4 Sooo Many Situations and Different Arenas Of Life…Thanx Bro!

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  7. Pablo
    March 27, 2012

    It’s all true. Thank you for reminding me of the grace of God. I want to be his baby giving those steps so he can celebrate them. God bless you.

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  8. Linda
    March 27, 2012

    Awesome! And uplifting! No longer shall sin have dominion over us! We are fully covered by grace! :)
    What an awesome God we have!

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  9. Evan
    March 27, 2012

    I love the Lord! I do. I believe in the grace of God and agree with all your saying, but I’m still a sinner. What happens when you struggle with the same sin all the time? How do you stop the cycle? And am I forgiven for the same sin over and over?

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  10. Amos
    March 27, 2012

    thanks for sharing the word God has given you! keep striving after him!

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  11. Kathryn
    March 27, 2012

    How does one determine what sin is? YHWH’s statutes and commandments, right? If you break His Law, you are sinning. It’s quite simple. Grace occurs whenever we break His Commands. You cannot have Grace without The Law. If you take away The Law, there is no sin; therefore, no need for Grace. If you take away The Law, people are free to do as they please with no repercussions. Yeshua(Jesus) did not come to abolish The Law, but to do it fully. To teach people how to correctly live the way YHWH intended for us to live–in obedience to His Law.

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  12. Susan Clenin
    March 31, 2012

    I think you send an amazing message to everyone. I’ve been looking to find your name EVERYWHERE! And I’m glad i finally did. I love what you do, and i about to support you…i wish you could come to Arkansas.

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  13. andy kaiyala
    March 31, 2012

    Hopefully a thought to think on.

    The grace that appeared is a person, not a substance. One must ask themselves, “If it is grace that is training me, just what is grace?” An influence, a power, a mysterious substance God gives to Christians only? No to all of that. Grace is a person, and that person is Jesus.

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  14. Deborah (;
    April 1, 2012

    Awesome!! I love this, always an inspiration Jeff

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  15. Francis Ferrier
    April 1, 2012

    I love this blog. It reminds that I’m still growing in the Love that Christ wants me to experience while still breathing in this life. The Grace of God is so wonderful, and most definitely a gift from God.

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  16. Naomi
    April 10, 2012

    Amen! I almost cried after reading this. God is so good, and I am so undeserving. Thank you for reminding me that His blood cleanses me!

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