Breaking Free

philAs I continue in my SheReadsTruth 1-2-3 John study the Lord is revealing so many things to me daily…some are good, while others are extremely humbling, and still others are pretty hard to admit. In todays reading something really kept nagging at me. 1 John 3:6  “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” It makes you stop and think huh!? My husband I were discussing this particular passage and how it could very easily discourage and possibly confuse the reader, maybe even ensue a bit of panic. The word CONTINUES stood out to me. 

con·tin·ue | verb 

  • to do something without stopping : to keep doing something in the same way as before
  • to keep happening or existing : to remain active or in existence without changing or stopping

Continue, keep doing, without changing…aka habitual sin. We all have it, we all do it, we are all human and need to repent. Even Paul the Apostle who wrote most of the New Testament struggled with sin…

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 7:14-25

 

 

Sin of any sort will cause us not to have that close and intimate relationship we all strive to have with the Lord. So here we are knowing that there is something that we keep coming back to. Habitual sin can be anything that you know is sin but really have no intention of stopping or just can’t seem to stop no matter how hard you try even though you know you shouldn’t be doing it {Knowingly Continuing} Habitual sin can range in severity anything from anger, gossip or adultery {and everything in between} Regardless of what it is we all need to break free from it. But how? Grab your Bible, a journal or notebook and find a place where you can talk to God. The first part of breaking free is identifying it…yeah it may get a little rough…it was for me. For me admitting it is absolutely the hardest part. No one wants to admit that they have something that they can’t break away from. In most cases it brings us some kind of joy or pleasure. The guilt usually comes later. Admitting it is going to be between you and God which means you will be safe in admitting it to your heavenly father…I promise. You may even realize in your fellowship with the Lord that there is sin you didn’t even realize you had been struggling with. That’s ok this is time between you and God, He wants to draw you closer. After identifying it comes the change. It’s time to repent and ask Jesus to set us free! roms In addition to prayer I like to grab my journal and write down my habitual sin(s) and write a prayer to God asking Him to help me break free. Over the years I have asked the Lord to dissolve the desire, take away the temptation, etc… I also like writing encouraging verses on sticky notes where I know I will see them throughout the day like the bathroom mirror, the computer screen, by the phone, even a daily reminder on my iPhone. These act as a reminder that we can do all things with Christ who strengthens us. {Philippians 4:13} I’d love to tell you “Ok now its going to be easy and go on your merry way” but as we know things that matter aren’t usually easy. This is going to be an ongoing process with daily repentance, and we are going to fail unless we repent and give it to God daily. God wants to be there for us, He wants to heal us, He wants to draw us closer, we have to allow Him to do it. For many the sin we are struggling with is something big and deep. If this is the case in your life I would highly recommend, prayer, journaling, and reading the bible daily. In addition talk to someone you trust, your spouse, your mom, your friend, or your pastor {or his wife} Psst…us Pastors wives are ready and willing to pray with you and love you more than you know!  

Now, I’m sure there are a lot of ways to deal with habitual sin so the way I am suggesting may not work for you and that’s ok. Seek God and He will guide your willing heart!

My prayer for you today is that the Lord will work in you and draw you closer to Him. If you would like prayer {specific or non specific} please comment {Please note that all comments are private unless I approve them} or email me. I’d love to pray with you or/and pray for you!

james

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One thought on “Breaking Free

  1. This is awesome, and what is better is we have a definition of what sin is right in the script….the sin that Paul dealt with and we all deal with is …..1 John 3:4 Sin is transgression of the LAW….The Most High’s law….his ten commandments, laws, statutes written in books Exodus-Leviticus plus many more, he wants us to obey him, if we have faith in his words we will obey him….great lesson…

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