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I really want to know more about God, but every time I try really hard not to sin, I always sin. How can I keep up with God?

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Thank you so much for your honest spiritual enquiry. It is good to want to know God; it is our life’s goal to become more like Jesus. So I encourage you to keep desiring this. It is also good to want not to sin as you mention in your question. God’s will for us is that we be holy. The Bible tells us this in a number of places. For example, 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16.

It is sin that drove Jesus to the cross and so why would we want to sin? Yet as you have experienced even Christians sin. Firstly we need to remember that a person is only able to know God in personal relationship through the work of Jesus on the cross. They are saved by grace not by their effort to be good and not sin.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8)

If you have not put your trust in God to forgive your sin through faith in Jesus Christ then you don’t know God the way he wants to know you. When a person has trusted in Christ they are given the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the person who makes us more like Jesus. A Christian doesn't know God more and sin less by their own effort; they need God’s power by his Spirit. For a Christian to sin less they needs to pray and ask God’s help to stop sinning, to learn what sin is in their lives and to know how best to fight it. When a Christian tries in their own effort to stop sinning they will fail because they are working through their human effort, their flesh, sometimes called 'sinful nature'.

Romans 7 and the beginning of Romans 8 show this experience. Paul highlights that living in the flesh will result in one sinning and not growing to be more like Christ.

When a Christian sins they can be confident that through confession to Christ God is faithful and just to forgive their sins (1 John 1:9). The Lord is patient and gracious, His grace is more than we need and when we sin his grace covers us. This is a wonderful truth of scripture and is a motivation for us to live for God.

In summary, we should want not to sin and want to grow to know God more but not so that we can earn God’s favour and become good people, but we should want to be holy out of a response to what God has done for us through his Son Jesus Christ as we live in a relationship with him by his Holy Spirit. It is his Spirit that helps us to overcome our sin.

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey: www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world. www.lookingforgod.com/your-questions

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Philippians 3:7-11
  • Romans 5:20-21
  • Romans 8

*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

*If anything in this answer affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at www.ucb.co.uk/prayerline


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