Sin Is A Thief Of Glory – Overcoming Besetting Sin

Sin Is A Thief Of Glory – Overcoming Besetting Sin

Sin Is A Thief Of Glory - Overcoming Besetting Sin

A fault to which a person or institution is especially prone.
"there was a danger of the country reverting to its besetting sin of complacency"
synonyms: Persistent, Constant, recurrent, recurring
 
                                                   Sin Is A Thief Of Glory
sin

Sin, Enemy of Soul

Sin causes Christians to become craven cowards who live in humiliating defeat. They can't stand up with courage against sin because of the secret sin in their own lives. They excuse the sins of others because of the disobedience in their own hearts and they can't preach victory because they live in defeat. Some of them once knew what it was like to live victoriously, taking vengeance against sin, having fulfilled Christ's righteousness in their own lives. They experienced the power, the courage, the blessings that come to those who are obedient to the Lord. Today they are but a shadow of their old selves. Now they hang their heads in shame, unable to look the world in the eye, victimized by a sin that rules their lives. A besetting sin has robbed them of their spiritual vitality and one enemy after another is raised up against them.

Hebrews 12:1 King James Version (KJV)

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us"
Four ministers got away for a retreat. As they sat around the fire talking, one pastor said, “Let’s all share our besetting sins. I’ll go first. My besetting sin is that every so often I slip away from the office to the race track and bet on the horses.” The second pastor volunteered, “My besetting sin is that I keep a bottle of wine down in my basement. When I get really frustrated with my deacons, I sneak down there and have a nip of wine.” The third pastor gulped and said, “My besetting sin is that I keep a punching bag at home. When I get mad at somebody in the church, I go home and think about that person as I hit the punching bag.” They all turned to the fourth pastor and asked, “Well, what is your besetting sin?” He hesitated, but they coaxed him. Finally, he said, “My besetting sin is gossip, and with all that I've heard here tonight, I can’t wait to get home!”

Yes, we all struggle with besetting sins. They’re like a piece of furniture that you keep hitting your shin against. At some point, you would think you would learn to avoid it. But when it’s been a while and you aren’t thinking about it--Whack! You do it again.

The first thing to consider in how to overcome habitual sin is to note the change, or transformation, that takes place when a person is saved. The Bible describes the natural man as “dead in sin and trespasses” (Ephesians 2:1). As a result of Adam’s fall into sin, man is born spiritually dead. In this state of spiritual death, man is unable and unwilling to follow and obey God and habitual sin naturally follows. Natural man sees the things of God as foolishness (1 Corinthians 2:14) and is hostile toward God (Romans 8:7). When a person is saved, a transformation takes place. The apostle Paul refers to this as the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). From the moment we place our faith in Christ, we are in the process of sanctification.

The process of sanctification is that by which those who are in Christ are conformed by the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Sanctification in this life will never be fully complete, which means that believers will always struggle with remaining sin. Paul describes this battle with sin in Romans 7:15–25. In that passage he notes that, even though he desires to do what is good in the eyes of God, he often does what is evil instead. He does the evil he doesn’t want to do and fails to do the good that he wants to do. In this, he is describing every Christian’s struggle with sin.

James says we all sin in many ways (James 3:2). Experience tells us that we struggle differently with sin, perhaps one sin being more of a tripping point for one believer than another. For some it might be anger whereas for others it is gossip or lying. We might refer to a sin that is particularly difficult for us to overcome as a “besetting” sin or a "habitual" sin. These besetting sins are often, but not exclusively, habits that we developed during our lives as unbelievers and require more grace and discipline to overcome.

Part of the process of overcoming these habitual, or besetting, sins is in recognizing the transformation that has indeed taken place within the believer. Paul writes, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). When Paul says, “Consider yourselves dead to sin,” he is telling us to remember that, in coming to Christ, the power of sin has been broken in our lives. He uses the metaphor of slavery to make this point. We were at one time slaves to sin, but now we are slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:17–18). At the cross the power of sin was broken, and, in becoming Christians, we are set free from sin’s mastery over us. Therefore, when a Christian sins, it is no longer out of the necessity of his nature, but because he has willfully submitted himself to sin’s dominion (Galatians 5:1).

The next part of the process is recognizing our inability to overcome habitual sin and our need to rely on the power of God’s Holy Spirit, who dwells within us. Back to Romans 7. Paul says, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out” (Romans 7:18). The Christian’s struggle against sin is one in which our ability does not match our desire. That is why we need the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul later says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). The Holy Spirit, through God’s Word (John 17:17), works sanctification in the people of God. Habitual sin is overcome as we submit ourselves to God and refuse the temptations of the flesh (James 4:7–8).

Another part of the process of overcoming habitual sin is to change the habits that facilitate it. We have to adopt the attitude of Joseph who, when tempted by Potiphar’s wife to come to bed with her, left the room so quickly that he left his cloak in her hands (Genesis 39:15). We simply must make every effort to run from the things that tempt us to sin, including access to food if we are given to overeating, and access to pornography if we are tempted to sexual sin. Jesus tells us to cut off our hand or pluck out our eye if they “offend” us (Matthew 5:29–30). This means removing from our lives the things that tempt us to sin even when those are things we enjoy. In short, we have to change the habits that lead to habitual sin.

Finally, we need to immerse ourselves in the truth of the gospel. The gospel is not only the means by which we are saved, but it is also the means by which we are sanctified (Romans 16:25). If we think we are saved by grace, but sanctified by our own efforts, we fall into error (Galatians 3:1–3). Sanctification is as much a work of God as justification. The promise we have from Scripture is that He who began a good work in us will complete it on the last day (Philippians 1:6).

Jesus Christ consistently encourages us to be an overcomer like Himself Rev. 2&3 and He profoundly counselled us in Rev. 3:18 "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." This simply means if we are in Him, and He in us, the wicked on cannot tempt us to continue to live sin.

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CAST DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED

God made a declaration about Job that every child of God should hope He will make about them.
God said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and an upright man, who fears God and avoids evil” (Job 1:8, MEV)?
What an amazing description of a man of God by the Almighty.
If you are a born again child of God, redeemed through the blood of the Lamb, and led by the Holy Spirit, He has made a divine fiat declaring you to be justified (just-as-if-you-had-never-sinned) . “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
He has proclaimed that you are “holy and blameless before Him in love [having] predestined us to adoption as sons to Himself through Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:4-5).
“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
Because that is who you are, there are four principles found in the book of Job that are significant to your life. They are especially significant when facing a crisis or when going through a season of pain and suffering.
1. Your enemy is finite. An important principle about Satan is found n the first two chapters of Job. Yes, it is the same fallen angel who led a rebellion in heaven against God, before mankind was created.
We discover he spends his time walking about, back and forth across the earth looking for people he can attack. This tells us something very important about our enemy.
He is finite. He cannot be everywhere at one time. He is not all-powerful and he doesn’t know everything. He can only know those facts he has learned. The Lord Jesus Christ said about our enemy, “He said to them, ‘I saw Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Look, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you'” (Luke 10:18-19).
As great as your enemy may present himself to be and though he continually makes accusations against you, he does not have the power to conquer you. Jesus Christ has defeated him and you hold authority over him. Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:19; Revelation 12:11
2. God knows who you are. We learn an important principle about God in these same two chapters of Job. He is intimately acquainted with every human being.
Lucifer is walking back and forth across the earth to attack and torment the human race. But God, who is infinite, everywhere at one time, all-knowing and all-powerful, is watching over the people of the earth, especially the righteous ones who are His children. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord move about on all the earth to strengthen the heart that is completely toward Him.”
3. You are protected. We also learn an important principle about those who are the children of God. Lucifer complains to God in Job 1:10, “Have You not made a hedge [protection] around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?”
Not only are the eyes of God fixed upon the righteous one, He has surrounded them with His divine protection. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe” (Prov. 18:10). “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him will I trust'” (Ps. 91:1-2).
A child of God is never at the mercy of their enemy. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6) under the care and protection of Almighty God.
4. Suffering doesn’t mean you’ve sinned. The fourth principle we learn is about going through a crisis and about suffering.
Job was a righteous man of God and he came under the attack of the enemy. The apostle Paul assured us, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; and always carrying around in the body the death of the Lord Jesus, that also the life of Jesus might be expressed in our bodies” (2 Cor. 4:8-10).
The righteous experience crisis and suffering just as do the unrighteous only with a different purpose and a different outcome.
In the same way, the unrighteous will experience the goodness of God and prosperity. Jesus said heavenly Father makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and make the rain to fall on the just and the unjust (Matt. 5:45), only with a very different outcome.
Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children; but the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”
When the righteous are suffering and going through a crisis that does not mean they are rebellious or have secret sin in their life.
When a child of God chooses to disobey God and sin, of course they will experience the consequences of their actions. But it should not be automatically assumed that is the case when a child of God is in crisis.
More than likely they are suffering for righteousness sake. The Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be very glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for in this manner they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:10-12).
It should not be assumed by the child of God that He is punishing them. The enemy will fill their mind and emotions with condemnation. They must forcefully renounce those thoughts and emotions and replace them with the truth of who they are “in Christ Jesus;” boldly proclaim they are the righteousness of God, holy and without blame.
Even after Lucifer made a severe attack upon Job and his family, God declared, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God and avoids evil? He holds fast to his integrity … ” (Job 2:3).
Job is a blameless and righteous man, yet he is in crisis and suffering. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, his son in the ministry, “Yes, and all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2Timothy 3:10-12).
Be assured, in all of these things, the Lord God, Jesus Christ, is not against you. He has not put these things on you. He is your refuge, your fortress, your shelter in the time of storm. In all of these things, you are more than a conqueror.
Choose to not allow pain, suffering and crisis to determine your day, your future or your identity
You are the redeemed child of God.
You are a king and priest unto your God.
You know who you are in Jesus Christ.
You are not a failure.
You are what God says you are.
Make that your identity and your declaration

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Biblical Lessons About Death!

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” —Philippians 1:21

The first lesson the Bible teaches is that death is the punishment for sin, (“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17 NKJV )

Death came into being only as the result of sin. If people had not sinned, they would have lived in their natural state forever. We only have little preview into what life would have been like, as people lived close to a thousand years; this tell us that when God created the world it was in perfect state: He created Adam and Eve perfect beings in His own image and likeness (Gen. 1:27). But once they sinned, things were never the same again, and death came into the world. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17, 19 NKJV

Apostle Paul put it this way: ” … sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all men sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Then, in Romans 6:23, he added, “The wages of sin is death.”

The second important lesson is that death is not the end. Because God created us in His image, He gave us souls that are immortal. This means that when we are out of this dust called body, our real essence (soul) lives on.

The third lesson the Bible teaches about death is that God Himself became man to deliver you and me from its clutches. So not only did God become man, but also as man He died for us all!

Here we find what perhaps is one of the most stupendous Truth about Jesus: He came to deliver us from the fear of death. This confirms Isaiah prophecy, which says, “He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.
” Isaiah 25:8 NKJV; 1Cor.15:55-57

The fourth lesson we learn from Scripture is that Jesus, the God-man, rose from the dead so that we too may one day have a resurrection. Jesus offers eternal life to everybody. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
John 11:25 NKJV

How then, should you handle the prospect of your own death? My answer is, act now; do not wait until it is too late. It is so simple. The people in Jerusalem asked after Apostle Peter’s message to them, “what shall we do?” Acts 2:37-39  The answer has not changed. Repent, Acknowledge before God that you are a sinner; thank Him for sending His Son into the world to taste death for you (Heb. 2:9), and receive Him as your Savior and Lord. You may then face death without fear, for you will have eternal life.

The good song says, “because He lives, I also live.”

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Thank you for stopping by, we hope you are richly blessed by His Infallible Word. May your Joy be full in Jesus’ Name

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