What's Wrong with Me?: Why Christians Sin When They Don't Want To (15 of 42) by Rick Ferguson

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A Solid Place to Stand: A Doctrinal Survey Of The Book Of Romans (15 of 42)
What's Wrong with Me?: Why Christians Sin When They Don't Want To
Rick Ferguson
Romans 7:13-25

Question: Have you ever caught yourself yielding to some sin or temptation, and after you committed the sin, you said to yourself "WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?"

Who among us has not done, said or thought something absolutely wrong, and as soon as the we did it, said it or thought it, we felt stuck with conviction and guilt and we began tormenting ourselves with questions like this....

• Where did that come from?
• How could I have done that?
• Why in the world did I say that?
• What is causing me to have all these unholy thoughts?

I guess the question I am asking is simply this...

• "Who among us does not have to deal with sin and heart breaking inconsistencies that we constantly see in ourselves?"
• "Who among us would not kick ourselves (if it were physiologically possible) because of something we said, or something we did, or something we thought."
• "Who among us, does not have regretful memories of sin that haunt us when we close our eyes?"
• "Who among us has not done something so stupid, and so wrong, that when we look in the mirror afterwards we said, 'WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?" "WHY DO I SIN WHEN I DON'T WANT TO?"

The truth is, even the most sincere Christian still has to deal with the lingering affects of sin in his or her life.

The truth is, even the most dedicated Christian still has to struggle against temptation and Sometimes we cave... Sometimes we fall... Sometimes we stumble... Sometimes we sin.

The truth is, every one of us is susceptible to sin

The truth is, every one of us still sin.

• It is not in our hearts to do so'
• It is not something we plan to do
• It is not something we want to do
• The sin is not something that is often premeditated or planned... It just kind of sneaks up on us, and in a weak moment when we let our guard down just for one second... WHAM! Before we know it, something comes out of us that is ugly and repulsive and so contrary to who we are in Christ.

The truth is, sometimes we find ourselves doing the same thing over and over again. Committing the same embarrassing sin repeatedly, even when we don't really want to.

The truth is, every one of us in this room is fallible and susceptible to sin and every one of us sin... EVERY ONE OF US... (And this certainly includes your pastor.)

1John 1:8 says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."

1John 1:10 says, "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him (God) a liar, and His word is not in us."

Can I tell you that sometimes when I look at all the stupid things I do, and when I analyze how I am acting and thinking, I relate to what the Apostle Paul said about himself when he said, "I am the chief of sinners." (1Tim.1:15)

And I think to myself, "Paul, you may have been the chief of sinners in your da ...


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