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Aren't Christians supposed to quit sinning once they've decided to follow Jesus? If so, how come we keep on sinning? No matter how hard I try, I know I'm not perfect, and I don't think I ever will be.


Yes, God certainly wants us to repent of our sins and begin living the way we should when we come to Christ. Repentance and faith go together, and both are essential. In His first recorded sermon, Jesus declared, “The time has come…. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).

But you’re right: We aren’t perfect. The problem is that we don’t have the inner strength to live the way we should. Our old sinful, self-centered nature still lives within us, and it constantly tries to pull us away from Christ. In addition, Satan will do everything he can to turn us away from Christ. Even the apostle Paul experienced this struggle: “What I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19).

Does this mean it’s hopeless to try to live for Christ? No, certainly not. The reason is because Christ now lives within us by His Holy Spirit, and He will help us overcome temptation. We don’t have to fight the battle alone! The Bible says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26).

When temptations come, turn immediately to Christ and seek His help. Don’t let the temptation take root in your mind and heart; reject it at once, and turn it over to Christ. Then trust God’s promise to help you and strengthen you through prayer, fellowship with other believers, and the truth of His Word, the Bible.

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  1. Jason says:

    I’m still so new at this and I’m just starting to learn the Bible. I’m scared that I’ll never be good enough to enter heaven. Everyone says different things. It seems confusing. I had a rough week last week and sinned today knowing it was wrong. I’m kicking myself for it. I just need to get better.

  2. etta says:

    When I find myself tempted to sin the Holy Spirit gives me strength to over come.Sometime I fall short this is went I thank God for “The Blood” Jesus.

  3. Anatoliy says:

    I notice that too I try so hard to live by the Bible but i still sin. God please help me