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Getting Free

How can we struggle against our sin when we’re trapped by our sin? How can we escape sin’s powerful pull? How do we climb out of the pit?

If you want the darkness to lose its power, turn on the light.

Darkness is where we enjoy hiding when we’re attracted to sin’s offerings:

[box]And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:19–21[/box]

Getting into the light is the first step out of your slavery cycle to sin.

Getting into the light means confessing your sin, first to God and then to the appropriate people: if you’ve sinned against your employer, confess to him or her, if you’ve sinned against your child, confess to that child, if you’ve sinned against your church family, confess your sin to that church family.

Ask for accountability.

Seek out mature spiritual leaders in your church and ask them for help. Share your need with them and ask them to hold you accountable, to pour truth into your life, to provide some spiritual counsel, and to help you in your recovery process.

Renew your mind. 

Set out on an intentional course to change the direction of your heart by cultivating the mind of Christ. Open the Word with a desire to know God personally through His written Word. Get into the Word to learn how He thinks, how He operates, how He responds. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes to areas that are still unyielded to His control.

Love is your protection from sin. 

You cannot break out of the cycle of sin on your own. You can try to clean yourself up, try to “turn over a new leaf,” try to establish new habits . . . and those efforts may bring some temporary improvements. But the only thing that will bring complete transformation and lasting change is a new love relationship. Ask the Spirit to fill you with love for God.

Love for Christ is what constrains us.

Love for God provides the motivation to turn from sin when temptation offers its pleasures. As my love for God increases, my pleasure in Him destroys temptation’s pull on my heart.

Are you caught in the cycle of sin?

Are you a slave to sin and you see no hope for breaking free?

Let us know how we can pray for you today.

2 Comments

  • Jennifer

    God is so faithful when we ask Him for spiritual growth. He will bring things in our life that we never expected to increase our faith and trust in him. With that comes the reward of more love and thirst for Him. Thank you for the reminder today that no matter where I am with God, I must always strive to be closer to Him. For me being a believer is loving God more than I love my sin. It is so hard sometimes, but I am asking God to help me live a spirit led life over a fleshly led life. I have found that in the moment of temptation, my spirit has become stronger.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Jennifer ~

    Yes, asking Him — that’s the key! If we want victory over sin, our love for Him must be greater than our love for sin, and in the moment of temptation, the key is to cry out to Him for help! We can ask Him to increase our love for Him and ask Him to provide the grace for victory. He has promised to pour out His grace on us when we humble ourselves, and that is what our cry for help demonstrates:

    He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:6–7)

    So thankful for His empowering grace!