Do you sometimes feel hopeless in sin, like there is no hope for your struggles?
You are not alone. Discouragement and condemnation are the devil’s most effective tool to destroy Christians. “Satan does not tempt us to do wrong things. He tempts us to make us lose… the possibility of being of value to God,” said Oswald Chambers.
The guilt of sin disable a Christian
1. Do I feel condemned and caused God to be disappointed?
2. Is my joy extinguished and I feel inadequate in coming to God?
3. My hope is to die so I won’t sin anymore!
If you feel any of these, God’s word assures us that He doesn’t think of you this way. The guilt and condemnation come from Satan (1 Peter 5:8-9). The Holy Spirit may rebuke us but not condemn us. Jesus did not come to condemn but to help you overcome. (John 3:17)
→ Kristen Anderson: suicide at the railway.
Jesus did not come to condemn, but to help you overcome.
Metanoia: Make up your mind about sin
Repentance comes from the word “metanoia.” It’s not about being “sinless” but having a “change of mind.” It is a mindset that you say to yourself, “I will choose to not sin.”
Your constant thought becomes your action; your actions become your character; your character defines your future. Choose to think forward.
Sin can prevent blessings
We can avoid hell but not the consequences of sin on earth. Your relationship, finances, and health can be affected when we hold on to sin (Jeremiah 5:25; James 1:22). Likewise, when we fully obey God, blessing comes. (Deuteronomy 28:1-3)