How can I stop sinning?
The enemy within
You are not alone, sin besets us all, tempted by our own selfish desires that give birth to sin when we allow it to conceive (James 1:14-15). The enemy is within but there is also Satan who will tempt us in every way possible so we can be tarnished before a Holy God. When Adam sinned, sin entered the world and with it the curse of death. (Romans 5:12)
Do you feel condemned?
“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 come from the enemy Satan (1 Peter 5:8-9). Although the Holy Spirit rebukes sin, He does not condemn us. Jesus did not come to condemn you, but to help you overcome (John 3:17). Ask Him to be the messiah of your life!
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)
Relationship, finances, & health can be affected when we hold on to sin
In a tolerant world, an atheist seems exempt from the consequence of sin, but we cannot escape God’s judgment. Because of sin, we became an object of wrath but can be made alive again through Jesus. (Ephesians 2:3)
→ Biblical examples of accountability questions.
What can you do?
We cannot depend on our sinful nature to resolve a sinful heart. But when you surrender your life to Jesus, such evil nature is replaced by His grace, we are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
As Christians, these habits can help us overcome sin:
1. Quiet time with God –
Sin is first conceived through our senses. It begins with the mind and heart, usually when we are idle because idleness is Satan’s playground. That is why we must spend time with God daily to fill ourselves with things of God, not of earthly things. (Philippians 4:8)
“The person who calls himself a Christian, who says he loves God, yet does not seek his company and delight in it, can’t be a true lover of God,” says Kris Lundgaard.
→ How to pray like Jesus.
2. Run from temptation –
Apostle James says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you!” (James 4:7). Many times, we need to physically run away from sin. If your sin is internet pornography, sleep early and move out your computer to the living room. If it’s an immoral relationship, move out – you get the picture.
→ Sin can disable if you do not know who you are in Christ.
3. Confess with your accountability partner –
Be accountable with someone and confess your sin with one another (James 5:16). Ask your partner to pray for you. Need prayers?
4. Ask God daily for a fresh start –
The only way we can live a daily victorious life is with God’s help. God’s love is new every morning, great is His faithfulness, despite our unfaithfulness (Lamentations 3:23). If your sin is pride, unforgiveness, or anger, ask the Lord to give you a new heart! (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
5. Ask Jesus to help you –
Truth is, the only way to overcome is through Jesus. Ask him to pray for you (John 17:20-23), He promised to never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Should you find yourself in the dark alley of life, remember that Jesus is “the Light” (John 8:12). Seek the one true light and He shall make your path straight (Proverbs 3:6). Know who you are in Christ!