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Sin-Nature Problem

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Nothing that Israel was instructed to do in the Old Testament to be acceptable to God, ever destroyed (killed out) the sin nature.

They did not even know they had a sin nature, they knew they sinned but did not know they had a sin nature compelling them.

Abraham had great faith to do things for God, but as great as his faith was it could not rid him of the sin nature. A point should be made about nature; stability is found in nature, because nature cannot and does not change.

You will find great benefit in that understanding as you see the new Christ in you nature.

The sin nature seeks to controll and desires to be in total control of the individuals mind, Romans 7:17

17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

 

I have had Christians asked me "do you think God has turned me over to a reprobate mind" my answer is simply "no."

A reprobate mind can only afflict those that have a sin nature. The question will come up why do Christians "sin," again the answer is simply because their minds were trained by the sin nature and against that nature they warred, even as a non-believer.

Very important for the believer to be renewed in mind at best they will not live under condemnation, because you will never perfect this life in the flesh.

We strive to be christ-like and allow the mind of Christ to freely express itself, but as long as you are in this body you will sin.

The pulls of your body and areas of the mind that remain unrenewed cause the believer to fail.

If you fast and walk by a refrigerator you will see how strong the body pulls can be.

If you desire to quit smoking, drinking or some other body pull, you will see how the mind and the body work together.

It is not a spirit thing as some suppose, it is mind given to body, nothing wrong with your spirit you are one with Christ.

Learning that and getting your mind renewed will help you live life as your father intended you to live, which is by your new Christ in you nature. We have a choice, before the cross there was no choice, they had to live with a nature they didn't even know existed. The only people that can be double-minded is believers, simply because they have a choice.

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