When people are continually involved in certain sinful lifestyles such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, deception, and addiction, they often ask themselves, “Was I born this way?” Each of us is born with certain sin tendencies. However, we can overcome all of them by the blood of Jesus. But we must first allow Him to come into our hearts so He can change our nature.

  1. “Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I, too, am sinful]” (Psalm 51:5, AMP).
    1. David prayed about his sin, iniquity, and transgressions. He asked God to have mercy on him (Psalm 51:1-5, AMP).
      1. To sin means to miss the mark.
      2. Iniquity is the sin passed down through family linage that has not been dealt with.
      3. A transgression is a sin committed against someone else.
    2. We were all born sinners. Therefore, we were all born with an inward tendency to commit certain sins.
      1. Iniquity determines the tendency, or the sin, we are most likely to commit.
      2. However, the tendency does not excuse our sin. It just helps us to understand why we are compelled to commit certain sinful acts.
    3. We can change our sinful nature by making Jesus Lord and Savior of our lives (becoming born again).
      1. Becoming a born-again Christian is the first step to becoming a new person.
      2. Jesus died on the cross over 2,000 years ago to set us free from our sinful nature.
    4. When we make Jesus our Lord, we switch families. We become children of God instead of children of the devil.
      1. Only our nature (our spirit or the very core of us) is changed when we become Christians.
      2. We must renew our minds (change our thinking) by agreeing with the Word of God.
      3. Renewing our minds is a daily process that requires a lifetime commitment.
      4. When our thinking agrees with the Word, we become new creatures in Christ.
  2. We make our habits; then our habits make us (Ephesians 2:1-3, AMP).

a.                   When we nourish our minds with the Word, we can tear down thoughts that oppose God.

b.                  Exposing ourselves to various media outlets that oppose the Word, such as the news, movies, TV shows, and music, as well as the norms of society, will create an inward battle.

c.                   Wrong information, distorted views, and warped concepts cause us to reason and doubt. As a result, a “high” thing is created in our minds (2 Corinthians 10:5).

d.                  God wants us to be enlightened by His Word. Once we know and understand it, we can live a godly lifestyle.

  1. The woman with an issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and became whole (Mark 5:25-34).

 .                     We, too, can touch the hem of His garment by engaging in His Word.

a.                   Therefore, we must view the Word of God as being as necessary as food.

b.                  Just as our physical bodies need food, our spirit needs the Word of God to survive.

Scripture References:

  • Psalm 51:1-5, AMP
  • Ephesians 2:1-3, AMP
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • Mark 5:24-34

Pastor Robert Bagonza

Senior Pastor Redeemed Church