I need help; why can’t I stop falling into sins of porn, masturbation, lustful thoughts?
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” (Rom 7:18). The point is, we all struggle at something — perhaps porn, masturbation, anger, or greed. How can we overcome sin?
There’s nothing good in us, that’s why we need Jesus
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).
- Nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh… (Romans 7:18)
- We gratify the cravings of our flesh, its desires and thoughts.
- We were, by nature, deserving God’s wrath. (Ephesians 2:3)
Reason 1. The enemy within
Author Kris Lundgaard said, “Indwelling sin—it lurks in an unsearchable fortress where you can’t get to it.” In short, sin lives within us while we’re still on earth. But we don’t have to live defeated lives. Jesus also had flesh who was tempted, yet the devils had nothing on Him.
“… each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own 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 agree with the devils
The devils patiently wait until we succumb to temptation. He justifies a particular sin for us, and because of our sinful nature, we justify that sin as well. At times we treat “less grievous sins” like lagniappe, a treat after serving God as if it’s justifiable.
Devils don’t flee because we agree that a quick taste of sin is OK, after all, we are saved by grace.
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
There’s nothing good in our flesh, and it will always prefer sin (Romans 7:18). But we can decide not to do so, and it’s called repentance. The word “repent” is more than just saying sorry, penance, or not sinning.
Bottom line, if it were up to us, we would always choose to sin (and not repent). That is why we need a savior. Only Jesus can change a stubborn heart, ask Him; nothing is impossible with God.
“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
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