How To Fight & Win Against The Urge To Sin—Advice From One Christian To Another

When you have a tremendous urge to sin, what do you do? Do you give in to it and say to yourself, “God will forgive me” or do you fight it with scripture verses and prayer? The devil is really devious when it comes to introducing the thought of sin in your head. He paints a picture that creates an overwhelming desire within yourself so that it seems like you’re powerless to stop yourself. You’ve committed the sin before and it felt so good but what about after? How did you feel about yourself?

If you’re like most, once the pleasure of the sin is over you begin to loathe yourself and wished to God you could have exercised more power to stop yourself. I’m here to tell you there is power to stop yourself and it comes from within as the Holy Spirit. He is there for you all the time waiting for you to call on Him and ask for help.

Learning scripture verses is also definitely helpful. You should find the ones that are suited to your personality and emotional state. I will suggest one verse that is very effective. It is Isaiah 40:31. Here is the verse: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up as with wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint.” Read that first line again. You will renew your strength! God is in the fight with you but you must do your part.

The battle to not sin is ever present within our head. As Paul said in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” In other words you’re fighting with the devil.

You CAN do it! You CAN win! Trust me, God has got your back.

More scripture verses to help you fight sin.

Romans 7:25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Luke 11:11-13 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

Forgiveness, God, And You

You will never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.

Is it still hard to consider the thought of forgiving the one who hurt you?  If so, go one more time to the upper room. Watch Jesus as he goes from disciple to disciple.  Can you see him?  Can you hear the water splash?  Can you hear him shuffle on the floor to the next person? Keep that image in mind.  John 13:12 says,  “When he had finished washing their feet…”  Please note–  Jesus finished washing their feet.  That means he left no one out.

Why is that important?  Because that means he washed the feet of Judas.   Jesus washed the feet of his betrayer. That’s not to say it was easy for Jesus.  That’s not to say it’s easy for you.  But that is to say, God will never call you to do what he hasn’t already done!

Obedience, Living Free From Habitual Sin—Is This Your Proof of Abiding In Christ?

Yesterday as I was having my quiet time with the Lord, He impressed upon me the value of abiding in Him. I read in John 15:4-7 Jesus’ explanation of abiding in Him. But, I kept asking myself “what does it mean to abide in Him?” I went back to God’s word and reread the verses pertaining to the story Jesus told of the vine and branches.

In the story Jesus uses the story of the vine and branches to show the importance of our “remaining” or “abiding in Him”. He points out that He is the vine and we are the branches. Without Him we will die. He also gives us proof of what happens when we abide in Him.

Proofs of abiding in Christ (i.e., proofs that one is truly saved and not just pretending) include obedience to Christ’s commands (John 15:10; 1 John 3:24); following Jesus’ example (1 John 2:6); living free from habitual sin (1 John 3:6); and the awareness of a divine presence within one’s life (1 John 4:13).

One of the proofs of our salvation is perseverance, or sustained abiding in Christ. The saved will continue in their walk with Christ (see Revelation 2:26). That is, they will “abide” or remain in Him. God will complete His work in them (Philippians 1:6), and they will bring forth much fruit to the glory of God (John 15:5). Those who fall away, turn their backs on Christ, or fail to abide simply show their lack of saving faith. Abiding is not what saves us, but it is one of the signs of salvation.

If you’ve fallen away from Christ it is not too late to confess your sins, repent and ask His forgiveness. When you are received back into the fold of Jesus’ care you can start abiding in Him and God will complete His work in you.

Forgiveness Is The Act of Changing Your Attitude And Your Heart

12Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with hearts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity.—Colossians 3:12-14

Resentment will suck satisfaction right out of your soul. Bitterness, which is worse, consumes it. Revenge has a monstrous appetite and makes one start planning how to get back at that person. Then before you realize it, one act of retaliation is never enough. Grudges send us on a downward spiral and the enemy is dancing with glee.

Some people see the path of forgiveness to be impossible. So let’s be realistic. When you forgive someone it does not pardon the offense, excuse the misdeed, or ignore it. Forgiveness is not even necessarily reconciliation. The phrase “forgive and forget” sets an unreachable standard. Painful memories are not like old clothing, easily shed.

Forgiveness is simply the act of changing your attitude and your heart toward the offender; it’s moving from a desire to harm them toward an openness to be at peace. A step in the direction of forgiveness is a decisive step toward your happiness.

God is pleased. You are happy. The enemy is defeated.

Sin Causes Suffering And Robs Us of God’s Best

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.”—Genesis 3:17

Christians tend to categorize sins, rating some as small and inconsequential, and others as huge and far-reaching in the damage they cause. In reality, no one sins in isolation. Each act of disobedience affects not only the sinner but also others in both the present and the future.

If we were to separate Adam and Eve’s sin from its context, few of us would convict them of great transgression. All they did was swallow some fruit from a tree with a “do not eat” sign. Today people think nothing of ignoring commands—even biblical ones.

But God has a totally different view of our sins. Each one is followed by negative consequences. Adam and Eve’s disobedience led to pain and frustration in two basic areas of fulfillment—relationships and meaningful work. The whole earth fell under sin’s curse, and all people born since then have entered the world with a sin nature that alienates them from the Lord.

That first rebellion plunged humanity into a terrible condition. Civilization is now plagued by ramifications of the sins committed by millions of human beings throughout the ages. Is it any wonder the world is in such sad shape? Sin not only causes suffering; it also robs us of God’s best. The Garden of Eden is closed and locked to sinful mankind.

The good news of Christ’s grace and forgiveness is our only real hope in this fallen world. Though unpleasant, focusing on sin’s consequences is necessary at times to remind us of the greatness of our salvation and to move us to obey God, even in the small things.

How Much Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

“So, you think you’re pretty special?” the father asked the child. “Well, you know what? You are!”

God thinks of us the same way. In His eyes we are special and unique in so many ways. He made us in His own image. That’s pretty special don’t you think? We are all God’s children and because of that He loves us without end. No strings attached. He loves us so much that He also disciplines us when the need arises.

Fathers love their children without measure. No matter how big the mistake, the father loves the child anyway. God loves us the same way. He also knows when we sin and He knew that there was no way for us to receive forgiveness for our sins except through the blood of His own son Jesus.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s a very special love don’t you think? God sacrificed His own son so that we could be free from our sins. Wow!

Remember. The next time you start feeling as if you are unloved or that no one cares, Jesus is right there whispering in your ear, “I love you so much that I died for you. Take my hand and let’s walk together forever.”

Do You Have Guilt Beneath The Surface?

What would an X-ray of your interior reveal? Remorse over a poor choice?  Shame about the marriage that didn’t work or the temptation you didn’t resist? Guilt lies hidden beneath the surface, festering, and irritating.  Sometimes it’s so deeply embedded you don’t know the cause of your pain. And you can be touchy, you know. Understandable, since you have a shank of shame lodged in your soul.

Would you like an extraction? Here’s what you do. Confess!  Ask God to help you. Psalm 139:23-24 is a model prayer:  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Confession.  Confessors find a freedom that deniers don’t.  If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins! He will cleanse us.  Not might, could, would, or even should.  He WILL!