Aug 15, 2013
Every believer hates sin, because it dishonors his Savior, destroys his joy in God, weakens others in the body of Christ, and threatens his own soul.
For those reasons, and others, God calls us to fight sin.
Not toy with it, bargain with it, or surrender to it. But fight it. Tooth and nail. No holds barred. Taking no captives.
How do we fight sin? For years I tried to fight sin by trying not to sin. At best, that brought a temporary victory in outer behavior. But it was white-knuckled obedience. It was not free and willing obedience from the heart.
But then I was shown from God’s Word that the only way to fight sin is by the power of the Spirit (Rom 8:13).
And that what the Spirit does is so satisfy us with the glory of Christ that the inferior pleasures of sin lose their power (Jeremiah 2:12-13).
And that to receive this work of the Spirit we must hear God’s Word with faith (Galatians 3:5).
And what does that mean? It means asking God to strengthen our faith (Mark 9:24), and praying over relevant Scriptures (Romans 10:17).
When we do that, God will work in our hearts by the Spirit so we once again see and feel that Jesus Christ is our all-satisfying Treasure (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Just like the chorus of the old hymn says —Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.
So here are some posts which go into more detail on this crucial topic — how to fight sin.
Sunday afternoon I was deeply discouraged. But God gave me grace to fight. Here’s a blow-by-blow account —
Moses faced an overpowering temptation. But by God’s grace he was able to overcome it. Here’s what he did —
Here’s what I learned about how to overcome anger — by applying the Gospel to the root cause.
It’s puzzling. Many of us see commands in God’s Word, but not the motivations God gives to help us obey those commands. Here’s one reason that happens —
What helped Abraham obey? Here are two words from Heb 11 which will transform our obedience —
Should you just obey anyway? Here’s why that’s not such a good idea — and what you can do instead.
Gratitude is essential. But it’s not what motivates biblical obedience. Here’s what does.
If I just try to produce works, I’m missing the point. In this post I explain the point — and how it can transform your life.
Questions About How To Fight Sin?
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