Terms like debilitating, immobility and incapacity describe symptoms of paralysis. Those individuals whose lives are turned upside down by accidents, disease or extreme events are forced to go with life with several new obstacles to overcome. Unfortunately, paralysis can attack souls through the presence and spread of sin.
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate, Romans 7:15.
The apostle Paul highlights how sin impacts individual actions. Similar to an addiction, bad habit or compulsive behavior, the ability to maintain self-control is lost. This phenomena is not exempt for Christians as anyone who plays with fire in the form of temptation will eventually get burned. Thus, even a missionary like Paul was paralyzed by sin.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin, James 4:17.
One of the people who has made the greatest impact on my life is Skip Wilkins. After becoming a high school All-American in 4 sports, Skip was paralyzed while water skiing before his senior year. When colleges heard of his accident, all 2000 plus full scholarships were rescinded. Skip’s faith helped him overcome this setback and eventually became a motivational speaker. If it wasn’t for Skip Wilkins testimony, I still might be paralyzed by sin. Yet, because of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, you too can be set free from sin as there are no wheel chairs in heaven.
by Jay Mankus