I need help; why can’t I stop falling into sins of porn, masturbation, lustful thoughts?
Perhaps you struggle with porn, masturbation, anger, or greed, and you can’t shake it off. How can we overcome sin? First, you must understand we all have sinful nature. We’re born sinners, and our free will is drawn to disobedience. That’s why we need Jesus.
Apostle Paul may be considered the greatest apostle, but he also had issues. He said, “For I know nothing good dwells in me—that is, in my flesh.” (Romans 7:18; Ephesians 2:3)
Reason 1. The enemy within
Author Kris Lundgaard said, “Indwelling sin lurks in an unsearchable fortress where you can’t get to it.” In short, sin lives within us while we’re still on earth.
- Nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh… (Romans 7:18)
- A reprobate mind is given to his own sinful desires. Only God is good.
- Jesus was tempted, yet the devils had nothing on Him.
“… each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
we don’t have to live defeated lives
Reason 2. You entertain the devils’ temptations
A peek at internet porn or a glance at nudity can become a full-blown sin (Ephesians 4:27). Satan whispers, it’s OK, and we justify our “secret sin.” Eventually, it becomes a stronghold of Satan (1 Peter 5:8-9).
The devils wait for us to give in. He justifies a particular sin, and we silently agree. At times we treat “less grievous sins” like a lagniappe, a treat after serving God—as if it’s justifiable.
Devils don’t flee because we consent to a quick taste of sin. We abuse grace by saying, “God understands.”
1 Peter 5:8
“Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
The devil is seeking someone to devour
Reason 3. You have not fully repented
Changing our mindset about sin is not easy; daily repentance is critical in the everyday Christian life. Repentance (metanoia) is a radical decision a person—it is intentional.
Only Jesus can change a stubborn heart. Ask Him to give you a repentant heart. Nothing is impossible with God.
Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
God overlooked such ignorance in the past, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Only Jesus can change a stubborn heart
Indwelling sin—it lurks in an unsearchable fortress where you can’t get to it. But God has redeemed us from sin—and given us his Holy Spirit to sanctify us and give us strength against sin. You need Jesus! #John15Rocks #Sin #KrisLundgaard— John15.Rocks! (@john15rocks) November 6, 2020
How do I overcome porn, masturbation, lustful thoughts?
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