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). 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).
→ Important Biblical examples of Accountability Questions.
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 author 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.
→ How sin can disable Christians.
3. Confess with someone
Be accountable with someone and confess your sins with one another (James 5:16). Ask your partner to pray for you. Do 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. You can freely ask for it each day and every day. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
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5. Ask Jesus to help you
Truth is, the only way to overcome sin is through Jesus. Ask him to pray for you (John 17:20-23). More importantly, He promised to never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Only Jesus can!
His blood protects us and nothing can separate us from His love (Ephesians 2:13). Not even our own sin can condemn us because we have been forgiven once and for all time. (Hebrews 9:26; Hebrews 9:26; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10:10) Your past, present, and future sins have already been nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:13-14). Our fate is sealed (2 Cor. 1:21-22).
If 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). Remember, each day is a new day with Christ, He loves you with an everlasting love!