How to Stay out of Sin
The reason why I decided to write this article is because I felt God pressing upon my heart to encourage Christians who feel like they are falling into sin and grieving the Holy Ghost, even though the Spirit is telling them to repent. I (and a number of other Christians as well) used to struggle with this problem , especially as a new convert, but occasionally it would affect me later in my Christian life. One key point to remember today: You are not alone.
Paul testifies of this in Romans 7:11, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” Let’s not go into this with an attitude of defeat. Remember that as born again Christians, we have victory over sin. “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22)
Our goal is to produce fruit unto holiness, which in essence is to do the works of God. Our flesh tells us that we should sin, but the Spirit tells us that we should bear fruit unto God. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:17) We must understand that he flesh inhibits us from doing the things that we would do for God, and instead we feed the desires (lusts) of our flesh and engage in sin. We know that this is wrong because God commands us in 2 Timothy 2:4 saying, ” No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” The Greek word used here for entangle is translated as to entwine or involve ourselves with. Thus, we are not to involve or engage in the affairs of this life (i.e. worldly pleasures). However, with so much temptation that encompasses us in this modern age, how are we to resist such temptations? The Bible always gives us the answer:
(Jas 1:2 KJV) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
(Jas 1:3 KJV) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
(Jas 1:4 KJV) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
(Jas 1:5 KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
(Jas 1:6 KJV) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
In order to combat temptation, we must have patience. Notice how James states, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” If we are patient just for a little while, we ultimately slip right back into our previous sins. However, if we are longsuffering, we will be “perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Next, we must have wisdom from God, which is basically the Word of God since, “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6) We should not be afraid to ask God for wisdom. Let me say that again, we should not be afraid to ask God for wisdom. Listen to what the Bible says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” What that means is that God doesn’t withhold wisdom from us. He “giveth to all men liberally” or freely.
Finally, we must have faith. If we do not have faith that God cannot grant us victory over sin, why even ask in the first place? The Bible assures us that if we ask in faith, God will grant us victory over sin: “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) Be blessed my friends.