Do you sometimes feel hopeless in sin, like there is no hope for your struggles?
First, you are not alone. Discouragement through condemnation is one of the devil’s most effective tools to destroy Christians. “Satan does not tempt us to do wrong things, he tempts us in order to make us lose… the possibility of being of value to God,” said Oswald Chambers. If you do not know your value in Christ, the guilt of sin can disable a Christian. Ask yourself the following:
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 comes from the enemy Satan (1 Peter 5:8-9). Although the Holy Spirit may rebuke the sin in us, He does not condemn those who belong in Christ. Jesus did not come to condemn you, but to help you overcome (John 3:17). Ask Him to be the messiah of your life!
Relationship, finances, & health can be affected when we hold on to sin
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 your self, “I will choose to not sin.” It is a decision you make that begins in your mind. Your constant thought becomes your action; your actions become your character; your character defines your future.
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)
How can I stop falling into sin?