For those of you who, like me, struggle daily not only with sin, but with the “How-Can-I-As-A-Christian-Still-Struggle-With-Sin?” thing, find encouragement in Stedman’s Authentic Christianity (specifically from a section entitled “The Battle Already Won”):

“Since we can live only in one area of relationships of our life at any given moment, it is evident that we can be in a Spirit-controlled area one moment and in a flesh-dominated area the next. This is why we can be a great person to live with one minute (delightful, because we are in the Spirit) and then a moment later some old habit of the flesh reasserts itself and we are right back in our old covenant behavior—harsh, nasty, or cruel. When we become aware of those feelings within, we know we will lose our Christian reputation if we are allowed to show, so we snatch an evangelical veil and hide the fading glory.

But how encouraging to know that the Spirit will never give up the battle! He seeks in a thousand ways to invade each separate relationship of the soul, and gradually He is doing so—sometimes faster, as we yield to him; sometimes very slowly, as we resist and cling to our veils. The more we work and live with the face of Jesus clearly in view, the more quickly we find each area of our life being changed into His likeness” (102-103).


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Find him everywhere: Find him everywhere

    3 replies to "For Christians Struggling with Sin"

    • Steve Martin

      All of us will have the dual nature (sinner) and new nature (saint), all througout our lives.

      (any doubts on that check out Romans 7 again)

      But as Romans 6 tells us, we are to CONSIDER ourselves dead to sin. This is because we were drowned (crucified) with Christ in our Baptisms. (Romans 6)

      Yes, yes sin, but there is now no condemnation because of Christ Jesus. So it’s as if we have never sinned, for righteousness sake.

      Great news!

    • Church Construction

      So how do you fight against sin? You don’t!
      Instead of fighting against sin, work to become a more mature Christian. As you mature, you will realize that sinning is not in your best interest. Would you eat some delicious food because of how great it tasted if you knew it would make you sick? Well when you get to the point that you truly realize the results of your sins, then you will try to stop them. Not for God’s sake, but for your own sake!

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