Updated: Nov 21, 2022
Two things that MANY Christians are confused or ignorant about:
1. The power of sin
2. The power of God
Many overlook the nature of sin and its power, often regarding struggles with demons that need to be cast out. Demons are, in fact, real and do have the ability to influence, oppress, depress, and possess people. However, especially when it comes to a believer, while demons can influence behavior, the root of all sin IS SIN. Acts of sin are rooted in the sin nature.
"But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me." Romans 7:17
When a person becomes a born again believer, a new creation, with a divine nature of God, The Old nature of sin is still present. Faith in the finished work of Christ is what helps us to overcome it and live victorious over it.
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2
By faith in Christ, we are living according to divine nature of God, and thus have the power to walk in victory and live according to that new nature, exhibiting the fruit of The Spirit. But trusting in our works, religious activities, and own strength is based on the flesh, which is weak to sin.
These are spiritual laws that are at work. YOUR faith, or lack thereof, determines which law you live by. That's why the message of the cross is so important. The preaching of Christ crucified keeps us empowered to live according to His Victory one there, so that we are experiencing resurrection life.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved it is the power of God." I Corinthians 1:18
It doesn't matter what you may be struggling with in sin or vices, victory is promised in Christ, already won, and is available to you, in newness of life BY FAITH.