How To Overcome Sin

Sin is a “me-first” self-pleasing attitude of heart which denies God’s authority to direct our lives and our world. Sinful actions such as theft, adultery and blasphemy spring from a heart corrupted by the power of sin. There are two root sins – one is pride and the other unbelief. Pride is evidenced by an attitude which is demanding and arrogant, denies its need for God, is unteachable, impatient, overly critical of others and hard hearted. How easy it is for any one of us to be infected with pride without realising it! Unbelief also, is the root of much sin. If we really believed in God’s goodness, wisdom and love, what motive would remain for not doing things God’s way? These attitudes hurt the heart of God and often cause insensitivity to others as well, resulting in us saying and doing things that were better not said or done.

Sin always takes more than it gives. Whatever you gain by compromise you will eventually lose. Sin is the deadly human
condition which opens the door to Satanic oppression and God’s displeasure and judgment. Sin definitely creates a barrier to true communication with God. The wages of sin is death. Primarily, this refers to spiritual death. God loves us and wants us to overcome sin. He knows we are powerless to do it by ourselves, and for this reason has given us divine resources in our warfare against evil and sin.

Every attempt to overcome sin by willpower, resolutions and self-discipline alone WILL fail. No attempts to overcome sin by observing laws and rules, however strict, will ever work. But the Bible says, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:17). That means, be governed by impulses coming from the Holy Spirit in your human spirit, and you won’t be ruled by the natural thinking and desires that draw people away from holy living.

Romans 6 and Romans 8 are probably the most important passages of Scripture relating to this subject. I’d like to take some verses from them and make some comments.

“Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5). What does your mind dwell on? What do you choose to set it on? To overcome sin you must have a deliberate policy to set your mind on the “Things of the Spirit”. If that is not your policy, make it so today. The things of the Spirit include the presence of God, the love of God, the fruit of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit (which involve supernatural communication with God), the Word of God and their application to life. The things of the flesh which we are not to set our mind on include any kind of lust, selfish ambition, greed, envy, jealousy, hatred, bitterness or prideful thought. We can’t avoid these thoughts by seeking to avoid them. We must instead actively seek to set our minds on the things of the Spirit. To illustrate this point, try hard to avoid thinking of the word “frog” for the next 5 minutes. You’ll find it harder now, but it would have been so easy had you not even tried.

“To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). Your mind is influenced – either by the spirit of the world, or by the Spirit of God. God wants us to renew our minds through meditation on the Word of God. These means getting into each phrase very deeply, by much repetition, pondering and muttering. This has far greater power than a superficial but wide reading (which also has its place of course).

The peace and happiness we are wanting does not come through the satisfaction of the lusts Satan invites us to go after. Rather it comes by focussing our hearts and minds on Jesus and the things of the Spirit. This is really surprising to many when they first try it. “Taste and see that the Lord is good”, said the Psalmist.

Romans 6 declares that our legal position as believers baptised into Christ is one of deadness to sin and sensitivity to God. Please read this chapter first to understand what follows. Once we are born again, we are not obligated to serve fleshly desires. Its still possible, but it can be avoided. One way to start is actually by considering that you are “dead to sin” even before you have any evidence of the fact. You may have just sinned in some horrible way, but you can consider yourself dead to sin “by faith”. Its amazing how our experience is molded by what we believe. But the order in the life of faith is always, “believe first, then you will experience it after that”. God wants us to identify with Jesus Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. This means, believe that the old you was crucified with Christ. Believe that old man was buried, and that you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) ready to walk in resurrection power. Now set your mind on the things of the Spirit diligently, and see how the Spirit of God moves in your life and gives you a new focus and a new power to live for God, in purity and righteousness.

Before you can do all this you must believe that God has forgiven you of your sins. If you are not sure of this, I invite you to read my message on the Good News, and pray a prayer of dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I plan to update this page because obviously I’ve only begun to touch this vitally important subject.

Please also see this teaching I wrote on sanctification and holiness.

God bless you,

Michael

Relevant Links

Sanctification and Holiness
Spiritual Warfare
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit 

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  1. Josh Jay says:

    Hi…,
    The problem with me is…, i have once experienced the love of god and fallen from his presence..i started comitting every sin which i used to do before coming to christ.. i dont wanna be like that but still i cant help…please advice what to do…i am in my youth.. please pray for me that i may flee from youthfull lusts…my heart is disturbed and not at all peacful.. Please pray for me and advice me….
    Thanks,
    Josh.

    • All you have to do is kneel down and pray. Repent before the Lord. Nobody can help you but Jesus. As James 4:8 says: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your heart, you double-minded” God is faithful and He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He is just waiting for you… Longing for you.. Harden not your heart. He loves you so much and He has a great plan for you.

      What you have been experiencing right now are only deceptions by Satan. Don’t be deceived. Come before the Lord. He will deliver you from sin. He had overcome the world! Declare it on yourself that you are an overcomer!

      God bless you!

    • Timothy Luke says:

      1John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

      Psa 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
      Psa 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
      Psa 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
      Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
      Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
      Psa 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
      Psa 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
      Psa 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
      Psa 103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
      Psa 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
      Psa 103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

      Josh, confess your sins to the Father. Name them and take responsibility for committing them. Ask the Lord for forgiveness and ask that he deliver you from the power you gave sin over you. Trust in His love. Receive his forgiveness and hit the Spiritual Reset button in your heart. Start out a new moment, putting even the failures of the last second behind you and begin to walk in obedience.

      “Father, I pray for Josh that you would deliver him from the accuser who has ensnared him and then accused him to his very core. Josh is a good son who simply needs to repent and be forgiven like the rest of us. Help him receive the forgiveness of Jesus Christ into his heart, that he may forgive himself. In Jesus’ name, make him victorious!! amen.”

    • Greg is Saved says:

      1st Cor 10:13 For no temptation has siezed you except what is common to man, but the lord is faithful and just to provide a way out that you may stand up under it. What the lord is telling us is to listen to the holy spirit that is right there telling us what the right thing is to do when we are confronted with temptation. Listen to it and follow it. Pray for strength. I will pray for you. Listen and remember to put off these things of the flesh and to rely on god. Peace be to you my friend.
      Greg

  2. Please pray for me. I want to be a Godly woman. i read Proverbs 31 and I am light years from that woman.
    My husband is a good man who deserves the best. My son is so wonderful. Oh please pray for me that I may overcome sin and be a blessing to my family.

    i try and have failed os many times I am afraid sometimes ot believe I can do it.

    Please pray for me. have disappointed everyone too many times

    • Jacqui will do so.

      Take who you were and bury this! In prayer:

      “Oh Father- thank you for your precious Son, I ask that you clean me from all sin, wash me with your blood, for then I will be clean indeed. Empower me to walk true to your word, to be the woman of Proverbs 31.”

      ——————

      Jacqui- whatever you have done or left undone- hand these over to Jesus. We do this by humbling ourselves and confessing these- and once confessed believing that Jesus’ Blood shed on Calvary has wiped this clean.

      After you have confessed a sinful way or an area where you have fallen short- stand in the assurance that you are forgiven. Where you identify a weakness- simply pray to God and continue to pray that this is replaced by strength! Believe the Word of God, if you persist you will see victory.

      Remember Jacqui- we are called to look only to Jesus- to be best for Jesus- all flows from this!

      May you flourish- and your family with you,

      Peer.

    • Timothy Luke says:

      Jacqui,

      Overcoming is something we need the help of each other with at times. I hear the futility and hope and the cycle of despair you are going through. If you like, I can help walk you through the overcoming process. There are giants in the land that need be taken out so you can enter into the rest God has for you. Please email me. You CAN be Free!!

      Blessings,
      Tim

    • MelodyCat says:

      Jacqui

      First of all you ahve to look at Proverbs 31 in context. What do I mean by that. It is a Proverb and not the historical account of a real woman. The Proverb is saying the godly woman is like this… blah blah blah. So it is giving us list of every good character a wife/mother should desire. The reality is it is near impossible to have all these character and never slip up from time to time. It’s a list not a real example of a woman in the past who was actually like this day in day out.

      Let’s list of some of the failures by other famous women in the Bible:-

      Eve was deceived by the serpent and was party to getting her husbnad to follow her into the same sin. Her failure led to all women being cursed.

      Sarah (wife of Abraham) – she thought of the great idea to get her husband to sleep with her handmaiden to hasten God’s promise of children. The end result is we got Ishmael. Enough said.

      Rebekah decided to fool her husband Issac into giving the first born sons blessing to the second son Jacob because he was her favourite. Not the actions of a godly woman who respected her husband as head of the family. She also knew there was a possiblity of a curse associated with this deception and she ended up payig for it later.

      OK there are just 3 women we know fairly well and there you have it. None of them were perfect. You are in good company.

      After you have decided you want to change and become a more godly woman it takes time. Peer is right first remember we are made clean and righteous in Christ.

      I made a decision I had to stop being so tempermental and angry, yelling and screaming at my hubby & kids quite a few years ago. I asked God to help me. It took time for the changes to happen. I was drawn to reading God’s Word. I first had to learn I was already washed clean through my salvation in Christ. Then I slowly began to have better control over my temper. I learnt not to hold onto anger when the family did things that made me mad (right or wrong). I became more patient and self controlled. You could say that God grew the fruits of the spirit in me but it happened gradually.

      Be patient the first step is giving yourself to the Lord for Him to change you. Keep reading His Word it is powerful and helps to enable us to know how to live and act each day and don’t stop praying.

      Dear Lord I lift Jacqui up to you. All of us fail you and our families often in our daily lives. We lose our tempers, say the wrong thing, we are not as loving and kind as we could be. Yet we know that you can help us grow to be like Jesus, like the woman in Proverbs 31. Praying that you help Jacqui keep in your Word and may she grow in her spiritual walk with you. In Jesus Name Amen.

      If you fail in the near future, learn to place it before the Lord, know He forgives you and just keep going forward. Meanwhile if your family has problems with your behaviour they need to learn to forgive and become more loving and supportive of you, that is their problem not yours.

      Please don’t keep punishing yourself for not being perfect. None of us are. I still have a my own failures but they are not as frequent as they used to be or as bad.

      Cheers
      Mel

  3. Hello Tropical Guy,
    I hope you will take this as dearly warning from brother who loves you. I confidently say that you are on wrong way and wrong theology. I mark sin tightly than I do to the devil, In fact, if the devil wasn’t all about sin I couldn’t waste my precious time to preach Jesus to the world,It is sin! So if you are not concerned about sin, Take care!

    I read one post by Bona fide Calvinist, who accused Dave Hunt of being a catholic Jesuit implant. In fact I don’t believe that due to the reason that, he accused Dave simply because he wrote a book exposing Calvinism, showing it is a catholic doctrine. I haven’t read the book and I have enjoyed a lot of books by Hunt and I don’t see if this is solid reason to say somebody a Jesuit simply because he cannot advocate OSAS.

    My final recommendation is you take a bunch of Calvinistic doctrines you have and put them in one scale and take testimony from the bible on another side of beam balance. If the Calvinism stands the measure, follow it, if not throw it away. This is the best way to discern things

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    Tit 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live sober

  4. Tropical_Guy says:

    Jesus dealt with tat on the cross. If you concern yourself with that, you will not be living with the intention that God has for you. Its about Jesus living through you.

    • Tropical_Guy, you are no longer welcome to post on this board. I can and will delete your posts. If you think that this is wrong, don’t worry – by your own confession, “its not an issue”.

      Was the apostle Paul wrong because he was concerned about sin in the churches? Listen to what he wrote:

      “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

      “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits”. Awake to righteousness, AND DO NOT SIN; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:33,34)

      “besides the other things, what comes upon me DAILY; my DEEP CONCERN for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?” (2 Corinthians 11:29)

      This is just a small sampling of quotes from the epistles where the writer urges his readers to beware of sin. The Book of Hebrews contains multiple severe warnings.

      I consider your particular lines of teaching so dangerous to the spiritual health of my readers that I request you don’t post any more on this board.

      You are against the deliverance ministry, and you tell people not to be concerned about sin, as if the pure life of Jesus will just pour out of believers automatically. You think that praying the word of God is “religious” and you doubt the conversion of men of God that I would say knew Christ more intimately than you ever have. Go and lead someone to Christ if you can, but don’t post on these boards to lead people astray.

      • warrior daughter says:

        Thank you for taking a stand on this man from his heresies….On his blog he posted references from another site and it sounded to much like once saved always saved theology…..

  5. Kanna - Child of God says:

    Greetings to all in the Name od JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH.

    My Dear brothers and sisters.

    LOve You with the LOVE of JESUS.

    GRACE of GOD is POWERFUL than all the Things in this World. it is By Grace we have Salvation. Not by our Knowledge, or Our Righteousness. NOTE:-EVERY BELIEVER SHOULD ACCEPT THAT ONLY BY THE LOVING GRACE OF GOD I WAS SAVED.

    For GODwe are like beggars who sit at streets. it is Because of Our sins. WHEN WE COME OUT OF THAT SIN. HE WILL HELP US. THE SPIRIT OF GOD WILL HELP US it is the GOD HOLY SPIRIT.

    SO we should not have PRIDE,Lust after women,Envy,Cobeteousness, WHEN WE CLEAN ALL THESE EVIL THOUGHTS FROM MIND.

    OUR GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD. HE will sent his Holy Spirit on you. It is a Comforter which will make u free from sins. AMEN.

    GOD hates sins. BUT HE LOVES US.

    GOD So loved the World that he gave his only beggoten Son to die for our sins. whoever believes in HIM shall not Perish but have EVARLASTING LIFE.

    GOD is GIVING us JESUS CHRIST.

    JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD Only for us.

    He is asking us to leave sins and Become his friend.

    It is Simple Leave all the sins. And Aceept JESUS as PERSONAL SAVIOUR. and leave Pride Lust which he Explains in Mathhews 5,6,7,8 Chapeters. FOLLOW ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL MAKE YOUR WAY TO GOD. Hear the Voice of HOLY SPIRIT by Meditation. JESUS SAID MY SHEEP WILL HEAR MY VOICE.

    ALL WE NEED

    BELIEVE THAT GOD RAISED JESUS FROM DEATH. and accept that u are sinner.

    And LOVE GOD with your Whole Heart, whole Mind, and soul.

    Love your neighbours as yourself.

    JESUS said Love your Enemies too, How a LOVING GOD IS JESUS.

    JESUS Gave his Life for his Friends.

    GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS.

    HOLY BIBLE IS PURE WORD OF GOD.

    JESUS CHRIST NEVER FAILS.

    JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON

  6. jess_powell says:

    I just wanted to make a comment on something…Today I woke up and I had this bad feeling. It was like a confused, noisy mindset I was in. I couldn’t shake it…so, I read Proverbs and all of the sudden I experienced an attack! (I know this sounds weird, but…) I suddenly felt not good enough..as a wife, mother, friend , child of God…I just felt like a failure. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that low.

    I tell you this because I just want to know why…I try to figure out and decipher everything and I just don’t see what the purpose of the BAD thoughts were.

    Anyways, I wanted to share that because the above posting really helped me 🙂

    Thank you so very much

    • kimkrys1 says:

      Dear Sister,

      I too have had these same feelings. This overwhelming feeling of not being good enough. That Proverbs 31 lady was in tune and a hard worker! Nothing like I am! I have tried to read it again, but have only gotten depressed or felt overwhelmed. Through this website, I am once again reminded that I am a work in progress that I am not instantly Super Woman, but if I do all I can to the Glory of God, He will see it and bless it and me and my family.

      Jess, I believe if you do all you can and do it for His Glory it wont go unseen. Or at least I hope they dont go unseen because so many times I work so hard and when I get through I realize that I really havent accomplished anything! I will be praying for you Sister!

  7. Chandrashekhar says:

    This is one awesome message for the youth to overcome Sin…. Thank you so much for this wonderful sermon…. May our Lord bless you!!

  8. SIMEON ANDREW says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful sermon.I really want to live a life without sins and to the glory of GOD.how do one deal with the sin of unbelief and walking by the spirit at all time?

  9. comfort utoo says:

    I totally want to commit myself to my God and totally avoid sin. Pls encourage me on how to go about it.

  10. Ron Zaccagnini says:

    Thanks for offering this to me.

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