“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21
I remember our pastor of the church we were attending announce there would be a financial class offered on Tuesday nights. I tried to ignore our financial situation, but this class piqued my interest as I knew we needed help in this area. The class was $100 and I hated the thought of paying money for a financial class, but honestly would have not blinked an eye about spending that on some new clothes. Rebekah and I discussed it over, and we both agreed we needed to attend this class.
Rebekah has never been much of a spender, and it is a good thing as I have spent enough for the both of us and then some. I remember once going to a hotel for Rebekah’s work trip, and even though her work paid for the room, the hotel required a $100 hold on a personal credit card. I closed my eyes hoping there was enough available credit to cover the hold. The card was swiped and thankfully I was not embarrassed at the front counter. We had all kinds of debt and the amount we owed seemed to be insurmountable. I felt as if we would be making payments for the rest of our lives.
We faithfully attended the class, and I started to realize there were things that I needed to change. Foolish purchases fueled by the desire to have things that I really did not need started to weigh on me and caused me to ponder. We followed the advice we learned in the class and slowly began to pay off our debt little by little. We cancelled our annual Disneyland trip and put that money towards paying off some bills. We were not perfect in following the financial advice, but we started to see our debt go down and it incented us to continue pursuing the goal. In a matter of two to three years, we were able to pay off our credit cards and home equity line of credit, and what previously seemed insurmountable was now a goal realized. Although the debt paid was an amazing relief, there is nothing like getting victory over the sins that easily beset us.
I have faced many issues in my life, and I have struggled with sins that seemed to have a hold on me that I could not shake. I think when you go through these seasons it feels like you will never find victory in your life. It seems as if these sins will follow you to the grave, and we often forget the same God who saved us is the same God who desires to sanctify us. He desires that we look less like ourselves and more like Him. Much like getting out of debt, it takes time and we must change and deny ourselves in the areas of sin that hold us back and bring defeat.
The sin in our lives may seem insurmountable, but I praise God for the grace He gives. I love these two verses as it gives hope to the Christian getting victory over sin. The sin may be great, but greater than that is the grace of God. Grace reins through righteousness and sin does not have the final say if we will surrender and yield ourselves to God. We do not have to be doomed to a life of sin and despair as the grace of God abounds far beyond the bondage of sin.
Where are you today friend? What is that one sin that continues to plague you and seems insurmountable? Do you realize God has already given you the victory? Will you the claim the victory He has given you? Will you make the changes you know you need to make? Titus 2:12 states, “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” May we deny our flesh and ask for the grace that only God can give us. May grace abound in us, so that the power of sin in our life is defeated.
Stay in the fight!