I John 2: 1 (NKJV) My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
I have discovered most people who are caught in the sin-confess-sin-confess- cycle eventually begin to lose hope that they can experience any real victory over sin in their life. Strong willpower can’t keep them (us) from repeating the sin they just confessed, and Satan pours on the condemnation. Self-control seems like an illusion, and the Christian life is one of unending ups and downs. Can you relate to today’s message so far?
The Lord forgives you, but more times than not we are unable to forgive ourselves. The bible in (James 4:7) tells us, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We are correct in confessing our sin, but we have failed to follow the complete biblical formula which breaks the cycle: sin-confess- resist. We must first assume our responsibility for opening the door, and then we must resist Satan and command him to leave if we are going to experience victory over sin. We have to learn that we have the victory in Jesus family! We have the victory even when we trip up at times, the Lord will lead us to victory!
Point to ponder- We live as though God and a sick humanity are the only realities in the spiritual realm. We must turn to our righteous Advocate (I John 2:1) and resist our perverted adversary if we are to experience victory and freedom over temptation and sin. Have a great day and be gentle on yourself today!
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