The issue of sin is something that a Jesus lover cannot afford to ignore. That’s because our Master said, “If you love Me you will obey My commandments.”
Becoming sin conscious certainly does not help anyone overcome sin. But what does help is becoming aware of how our flesh reacts and responds. Knowledge in itself does not set us free, but it shows us clear paths to eliminate distractions.
So obviously not from perfection per se, but as someone learning to love Jesus one day at a time, I want to share with you 6 secrets to overcome sin:
1. Don’t Blame Someone Else for Your Sin.
Blame game started at the garden of Eden with the fall of man. The more we shift blames, the less we take responsibility and the harder it becomes to overcome sin. [tweet this]
Adam blamed God for giving him a woman that would make him sin. Eve then blamed the serpent for all the evil. (Gen 3:12) This blame game continues today as an easy response to the carnal nature in us.Wholehearted repentance starts when you take full responsibility of your shortcomings. [tweet this]
So take responsibility of life, get things straight, the best is ahead of you!
2. Don’t Blame the Devil Either!
Like Eve, most Christians love blaming the devil.
Now it is true that the enemy does bring temptations to destroy a child of God. However let us not forget the foundational truth that the enemy is under our feet through Christ!
Best explained by Gill’s exposition of the Bible:
“…the woman’s seed, “shall bruise thy head”, Genesis 3:15; and which has had its accomplishment in Christ, who has not only destroyed the works of the devil, but him himself, and spoiled the principalities and powers, and bruised him and them under His feet, when he led captivity captive; and though, for the trial of the graces of his people, Satan is permitted to attack them in various shapes, yet in a short time he will be bruised under their feet, as he is already under their Lord and Master’s.”
The knowledge of how the enemy is powerless does nothing to you. But when that knowledge becomes a revelation in your spirit through pursuit of God, then there will be a massive empowerment from God that will release the grace of God on you to overcome all the wiles of the enemy.
It’s time we quit making the devil more powerful than he actually is. [tweet this] Resist the devil & he must flee! Time to resist! Are you on it now?
3. Don’t Reason or Argue With Sin
This is one area where I have failed a million times. So often we think we are good enough to out-smart sin. However God is clear about the power of sin over the fallen nature of man. You can never overcome sin in your own strength, that’s why the Bible is clear- FLEE ! (2Timothy 2:22) And therefore it is not wise for a child of God to go for a fist fight with sin as it will cause you to fall. The solution is simple, flee! Flee sin and then resist the devil.
Don’t try to master sin in the name of resisting the devil. These are two different things. Fleeing sin is the tangible part of the obedience to Jesus, resisting the devil is the warfare in the invisible realm. So you flee in obedience first and then when you are far from it, then you try to overcome it.
To put it in one line: You cannot hold yummy pizza in your hands and expect God to give you grace to fast! [tweet this] (Tweet that somebody!) Flee first!
Show no mercy to sin! Enough said.
4. What You Feed Everyday is What Will Rule Over You Everyday!No matter how incredibly anointed you are, if you feed your flesh, you will fall in sin. [tweet this]
Solomon is the best example of that stupidity. He knew everything, He even had an encounter with God, twice!! And, we all know the end of his story.
Ever wondered why you are tired to pray? Distracted to read the Bible? Struggling to hear from God? Your flesh is too strong over your spirit.
You cannot feed your flesh with the things of the world and not expect your flesh to subdue your desires of the spirit.
What must one do?
– Draw lines with friends that feed your heart with sin and the thoughts and imaginations of sin. Be humble and loving but nope, my heart and mind is not the garbage of this world.
– Ignore sinful media. “Which celebrity is going out with whom.” “Who slept with whom in hollywood!” “Who did what and how in your church!” How are those details going to help your heart be tuned with God? Quit now. Don’t feed your flesh. Get off those TV channels.
– Feed your Spirit. Read things that fuel you for God. Watch videos that restore your love for Jesus. Read your Bible like it was your only meal. Pray without ceasing.
Mark 14:38 “…Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.”
Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
Ephesians 3:16 “…I pray that He would give you inner strength and power through His Spirit.”
Jude 1:20 “… But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, … Furthermore, continue to pray in the Holy Spirit.”
Now that’s just a few tips, I’m sure you get the idea!
5. Understand Grace Wholeheartedly
The idea of grace is not only one of the most powerful life changing revelations to a believer but also one of the most abused because of certain wrong teachings. Grace is not an excuse to sin, it’s an empowerment to get you back up to the throne. [tweet this]
Understand that it’s all by His mercy and allow the understanding of grace empower you to get back on your feet and not lay in sin. Get it?
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1,2
“Falling in sin is human.
Living in sin is abuse of grace.
Rising up from sin is understanding Sonship.
And living in pursuit of God is legacy.”
6. Finally, last but not the least, simple to understand yet somehow not practised: Confess Your Sins and Turn Away From It.
Sin multiplies in the dark. To disentangle from sin, expose it to the Light of God. [tweet this] Don’t wait for a week to confess your sins to Jesus. Confess your sins then and there. Expose your sins to your accountability partner. Expose it to your mentor. Expose it to your spouse. Pray together for restoration. At the feet of Jesus there is mercy and grace.
I conclude with reminding ourselves once more that our Commander waits for us. To send us out to the Nations for His glory!
Therefore: “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” 2Timothy 2:4
Are you pleasing Jesus today? Start now!
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