“How Can I See Myself as God Sees Me and Overcome Sin?”
Written by Christi Given | December 9, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
A PI Girl recently asked a question about how God sees us. She seems to be questioning her identity in Christ and is also feeling some condemnation. Let us look to the Word of God for the answer to this particular issue. To read more, click here.
“I keep seeming to think that God sees me as a failure. I know He loves me, but I can’t help but think that. I know He’s forgiven me, but I can’t help but think of all the horrible things I’ve done…I don’t know what to do.”
Many times in life, we stumble and fall and feel like we’re just making mistakes over and over again. Sometimes, we feel like we’re never good enough. The truth is that our human nature is going to tend to be of the flesh, the world. And the natural tendency, and what seems easy, is to sin.
Paul writes about this in the book of Galatians where he talks about how we battle with the flesh and the spirit. Sometimes it seems like we want to obey, but our mind or our flesh tells us otherwise. That is why Jesus said again and again to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18), and also said to the disciples when they fell asleep (which also can be viewed as falling asleep spiritually):
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” —Mark 13:48
We all have temptations and weaknesses, but what we need to remember is that no matter what in life, it’s inevitable that we will sin. We will never not sin the minute we become a Christ follower and Christian. We will not have a perfect, flawless life with no problems. In fact, Jesus said it is harder to follow the narrow path, and we may have a lot of trials, but Jesus also said:
“…take heart, I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33
Of course, we will have abundant blessings as well (John 10:10), and just having salvation and the Holy Spirit is an overflowing blessing. But we need to realize God sent Jesus, His one and only Son, BECAUSE He (the Father) knew humans would sin. We cannot beat ourselves up for falling short, because no one is righteous or perfect.
If you have an addiction, or a chronic sin that continues to bombard you, it can feel like you will never measure up. How can we overcome this sin or behavior? The ONLY way is to pray and read the TRUTH, which is the Bible (the Holy Word of the Living God). It says in the Bible that the “truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Also, it says:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” —Romans 10:17
When we rehearse the truth, our Spirit is built up on God’s foundation, which is unshakable. We cannot live in the accusations and believe the lies of the enemy. There is a difference between condemnation and conviction. The Bible and Holy Spirit convict us of sin. We know we are all sinners, especially when we read the Word and see “Wow, God is a Holy God.” Just like in Isaiah, when he said he was a man “unworthy…a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6). The truth is we are all in need of a Savior. If we sin and ask for forgiveness, Jesus will cover us with the blood that was shed on Calvary as the ultimate sacrifice.
What to Do with Sin and Condemnation
We need to pray and ask for forgiveness and move forward, not dwell on the past in bondage. The devil wants us to remain in chains, broken, oppressed and stuck in our old ways…but NO, we must PRESS ahead (Philippians 3:13) and reach toward our goal in Christ and our goal of holiness. No, it won’t be easy, but the Word of God says that “for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). We WILL get back up. If you make a mistake here or there, GOD KNOWS. And guess what, PI Girls? HE STILL LOVES YOU!
There is nothing you can do to separate you from the love of Christ!
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” —Romans 8:38-39
If we count on Jesus as the sacrifice, we know we’re covered by the price that was paid on the cross. Not of our own works, because God knows we aren’t holy and knows we need a Savior. He knows our hearts, our minds and our intentions. He understands! God loves you no matter what! God, of course, doesn’t love the sin, but He loves the sinner. We are loved, cherished, prized and adored by the Almighty God! The proof is not only in the precious Word of God, but the fact that Jesus (Immanuel) was sent from heaven to save the world of their weakness, their bondage, their pain, their suffering (Isaiah 7:14).
When you feel the lies creeping in, ask God for help and He will help you! If you are facing temptation, ask for forgiveness. Obviously, we don’t allow sin to control us, or think “I can just sin and then repent.” Actually, the word repent means to “turn away,” “to change”…this means to go in a different direction. We need to not purposely sin because we know grace covers us, but rather identify sin, ask God for help, change our behavior, and try our best from the bottom of our hearts and live in freedom. Christ is Lord of our lives! Amen, girls?
Here is a scripture explaining how our heart changes when we receive Christ and the Holy Spirit. It’s a good sign when we desire to not sin, just like the PI Girl expressed, but we need to walk in victory and ask for help to not fall into the past. God sees you as a blameless, spotless bride and sees Christ who took your place. This is the true gift of salvation. The greatest gift of all!
“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” —1 John 3:9
PI Girls, does this help you to know how God sees you? Comment below! We love you!