Overcoming The Grip Of Sin

Are you a person who desires to serve God, however you keep finding yourself falling back into your old sinful practices? I pray that my words in this post will be of help to you.

Since Adam disobeyed God, in the Garden of Eden, sin has been the greatest pandemic the world has ever known, but there is a cure; And His name is Jesus.
Jesus allowed His blood to be shed on the cross for the remission of our sins; And He rose again from the grave on the Third Day that you and I could have eternal life in God’s kingdom when our mortal life ends.

Simply doing good works won’t save you, sitting in a confession booth won’t save you, going to church every Sunday won’t save you, giving money to the priest/preacher definitely won’t save you.

Sincerely acknowledging that you are a sinner, and that you need Jesus Christ to come to live within your heart is the first required step in overcoming sin’s grip over a your life.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 5: 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 9-10
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

When a person gets saved, they are fit for Heaven, however God knows that there are sinful ways that His Spirit will need to work with you on dealing with. God loves you, and will forgive you if you acknowledge your wrong doings and ask Him to strengthen you.

1 John 1:5-9
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

As you may be aware the Apostle Paul wrote a great majority of the New Testament, and was chosen by God to first introduce the Gospel to the Gentiles. Yet, if you take a look at Romans 7:15-25, we see that there was a point in his life where Paul was expressing the same dilemma we are discussing in this post.

So how do we break free and overcome the strong grip of sin. Well, it all comes down to a few things: Our beliefs, our priorities, and our commitment to change.

As humans it is our nature to partake in the things that we believe bring us pleasure, and to stay away from the things that bring us pain.

The evil one will always paint a pretty picture of the delights of sin; And yes, there is great pleasure in doing many sinful activities…But this pleasure is only temporary with the consequences of spending eternity in the lake of Fire and brimstone attached at the end.

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus instructs to allow God to have first place in our heart and life. This is not because God is a power hungry dictator, but because He is the one who created each of us. And He loves us more than anyone or anything in this world. When we start making decisions, we don’t always know whether things will have a happy or bad outcome, however God is all-knowing and can properly guide us through all of life’s twists and turns. It is very important that we maintain an awareness of the priorities that we place things in our life. To place anything or anyone in a higher spot than God is to set ourselves up for trouble.

As an example of my statement above, let’s talk about Judas. Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. He heard Christ’s various sermons and teachings, he witnessed Jesus perform various miracles, HOWEVER judas’ top priority was money. Satan seized upon the greed in Judas’ heart to use him as the vessel to betray Jesus. When Judas finally realized what he’d done the shame of his sin drove him to commit suicide.

Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who put his worldly riches ahead of honoring God, and whom ended up in Hell.

Love and cherish your family and friends, but don’t put them ahead of God; And certainly don’t allow them to sway you away from serving God. Money, homes with all the furnishings, and nice vehicles are good to have, but don’t make idols out of them, because you can’t take those things with you when you die. What does it profit a man or woman to gain the whole world, but lose their soul?

Job serves as a great biblical example for you and I on how to properly set our priorities. Job had great worldly possessions, but all of his material things paled in comparison to his strong faith and devotion to God. Satan believed that he could break Job’s faith, by taking away Job’s material things and afflicting his body, but job stood faithful in God, and thereby overcame Satan’s attack…just like God knew Job would. And for Job’s faithfulness, God blessed him with a double portion of what he’d lost.

Here’s a modern day example:

I knew a guy, whom we’ll call Russ. Russ was quite a “ladies’ man” during his late teens and early twenties. He enjoyed bragging about how good looking he was and how he could easily get women into bed with him. Eventually, Russ met a “church girl”, started attending church with her, and did get saved. Russ wanted to live a Holy life, but still found himself yielding to the temptation of sleeping around with different women. His Christian lady friend made it clear to Russ that she wasn’t going to get involved in a serious relationship with him until he got serious about addressing his weakness for other women.

Eventually Russ did get serious about changing his ways, because the pleasure he’d been experiencing with these sexual escapades, paled in comparison to the pain he was feeling at dishonoring God and potentially not having his Christian lady friend in his life. Russ stopped listening to secular love songs, stopped hanging out at the places that he used to meet up with unsaved women at, he sought me and another Christian brother out to be his accountability partners and to pray for and with him. Russ really made a commitment to God and asked the Lord to give him strength to be a better man. With God’s help Russ did get his life turned around and earned his Christian lady’s trust enough for them to begin a committed relationship as a couple that were married in early 2020.

Just like Russ did, if you want to stop falling back into sinful practices; Ask God to help you look at these practices differently. Rather than seeing them as pleasurable, start looking at the painful consequences of continuing to indulge in them. Read the Word of God, because it will definitely advise you of the consequences of dipping into sin, but the wonderful pleasures and blessings in store for those who commit their heart, soul, mind, and strength to honoring God.

God has made provision for you and I to be free of sin’s grasp. I urge you to trust Jesus for your salvation and deliverance.

If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.
PRAYER:
God,
I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.

Pray, study God’s Word and ask Him to give you revelation of what you are reading. I also pray that the Lord will direct you to a true Bible teaching, Jesus loving church, where you can have the support of other believers.

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