Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. ~ Romans 1:21; NLT
When we continue in our sin, even if we know God, the consequence is that the sin will consume us. It will darken our minds and confuse our thinking. This is why sin is so detrimental to our relationship with God. Sin affects our outlook on life and the desires in our heart.
As a person struggling with sin, what are my responsibilities?
- I have to trust Jesus. My sins were dealt with when Jesus died on the cross. I know there is victory because of the resurrection. I accepted Jesus as my substitute when I was baptized. I have to live in the promise that has no more claim on my life.
- I have to fight. I cannot surrender to the lie that sin is part of human nature. I have to fight and struggle with the part of me that desires to sin.
- Another thing I must do is enlist help. This is not a fight that I can win on my own through determination and will power. I have to have others fighting along side of me. No man can go it alone.
- One last thing is that I have to remember is the ones that have gone before. My struggle is not unique to me, but others have struggle with this sin and have overcome it. This should give me hope.