Jesus made it quite clear that we do not have to live within the grip of sin when he told the woman taken in adultery (John 8:11) to “sin no more”. Was he joking around? Just kidding maybe? No, he was for real.
Believers are not spiritual paralytics; we are neither trapped or enslaved to a sinful lifestyle. Thanks to the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer, his divine presence enables us to navigate the minefields of life without being blown up by the bombs of sin that lie just beneath the surface of the ground we walk on. Hebrews 12:11 tells us,
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us” (NLT).
The words “endurance” and “run” are extremely important; Wikipedia offers this definition for “endurance”:
“Endurance is the ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.”
The definition fits, we can resist (James 4:7), we can withstand (Ephesians 6:13). Through the provision of the blood of Jesus, we can recover and have been given legal immunity from the otherwise traumatic and tragic consequences of sin. No one said anything about it being a cakewalk, though. Choosing to say no to sin and follow Jesus is not the easiest or most convenient path to walk down I know, I have blown it more than once. But Believer, we can shake those shackles and walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4); sometimes, though, we just have to “run”. “Flee youthful passions”, Paul tells Timothy. “and pursue righteousness” (2 Timothy 2:22 ESV). Flee from greed (1 Timothy 6:9-11), flee from idolatrous practices (1 Corinthians 10:14), run like the wind, “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7 ESV). Listen, If it were not possible, we would not be told to do it.
In glowing detail, c|Life co-pastor, Paul McDill, speaks to this matter in one of the best messages I have heard addressing the text of John 8:2-11. As always, I will put up the link as soon as it is available. Please, watch it – you will believe you can do it.