“For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”
Well, if that ain’t the truth. I know how it can feel sometimes to “fall short”. When you sin and offend the God of the universe, the God you claim to love and who you know loves you so much that he willing sent his one and only son to die on a cross for your sin. Then you do something that hurts him? It’s a sucky feeling.
But the truth of the matter is we are imperfect beings trying to serve a perfect God and there will be times that we don’t do or say the right thing, but that’s the whole reason that God extends his Grace to us willingly everyday.
For those of you who have been following my blog for a while you may remember my post, 5 Steps to Overcoming Sin, where I eluded to a personal struggle that I had been overcoming for a long time. Well this is it. For a long time I didn’t know how to handle it, how to accept it and even worse how to get over it. That post spoke about sin in general and the mindset geared toward shifting from it, but in this post I’m going to be sharing things that I’ve learned when it comes to overcoming sexual sin. (Comment down below if you want me to do a post focused solely on sexual sin and the different types.)
1. Be honest with yourself. – They always say that acceptance is the first step to recovery. You can’t get over something you’re not willing to admit you’re struggling with. So call your demon by name, and be honest with yourself about your struggle recognizing that it is wrong. Don’t try to justify your actions by any means.
2. Repent – This goes without saying. After you’ve admitted your struggle its time to go before God and humbly repent for all the times your have sinned against him in whatever way. You need to have a clean slate in order to move forward. This may require a season of deliverance where strongholds and generational curses must be broken and you can ask God to remove the negative desire.
3. Identify a Reason – Knowing why you’re doing something is always fuel to continue doing it so merely feeling guilty is not enough to overcome. After a while guilt wears off and we become desensitized to our sins. For me, I had to come to the place where I had a greater desire to please God than to please my flesh.
4. Get an accountability partner – In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 the bible tells that two are better
when they stand together because if one falls that the other will be able to pick them up. The bible actually pities those of us who choose to stand alone because we have no one to hold us up when we are falling. So get a friend, youth leader, spouse, pastor or even an app (yes there’s an app for that). Talk to someone about your struggles, someone that you trust to encourage you to live right – be careful who you choose though so that you don’t connect yourself with someone who will influence you to do wrong. Pray and ask God to put someone in your life that can fill this role.
5. Substitute – Question: As a christian what do you neglect to do that you know you should be doing (sin of omission)? Well whatever the answer to that is, a good idea would be to utilize the time you would usually do what you’re not suppose to do and do that instead. Have you not been praying like you need to? Well whenever you are tempted, pray. Haven’t been reading your bible? Then crack that bible open! Spent time working on the craft or talent that God has given you to use to fulfill your purpose on this earth. Focusing on doing the good occupies your mind so much that the bad isn’t on even your radar.
Bonus Tip – Learn what the scriptures says about your stumbling block, that torn in your side. And use the Words of God as your weapon against to enemy when temptation comes and as a back up your reason to not do it anymore.
Live Positively Chroniclers. Love you all ❤ ❤ ❤ !