How to avoid falling back into a life of sin

Each of us was born into a sinful world with a sinful nature. This is the way it’s been since Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden. Since then, Satan has been prowling around and causing much trouble for the people on earth, and for God, too.

Satan’s goal is to prevent people from living for God and to keep as many out of Heaven as possible. By living in sin, you are effectively living for Satan. God won’t tolerate people who live in sin and follow the devil. Many people would argue that they don’t serve Satan, but this is because many people don’t understand the connection between sin and the devil, or even what sin is for that matter.

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However, ignorance won’t be an acceptable excuse on the Day of Judgment. This is the day where God will judge the world for what they’ve done in their lives, good and evil. Those who didn’t live for God will be cast into the lake of fire with Satan. Those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior will be rewarded with a crown of glory and given eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.

We are each responsible for our actions and it’s necessary to understand that all actions have consequences. Some are good and some are bad consequences; it depends on the action. Sin results in eternal separation from God, known as death. Acceptance of Jesus Christ and repentance of sins results in eternity in Heaven with God, known as Life.

So, let’s clarify what sin is.

Sin is disobedience and rebellion against God; whether that is a sin of commission or a sin of omission. A sin of commission is when you do something you know is wrong. A sin of omission is when you don’t do something you know is right. Sin can be anything that is hurtful, hateful, prideful, boastful, deceptive, dishonest, degrading, disrespectful, ungrateful…well, let’s just look at what the Apostle Paul said about the sinful nature;

Galatians 5:19-21
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

You are not a prisoner to the devil

Satan counts on people not knowing God or at least, not knowing the power they have through the Spirit of God in them. The Holy Spirit is given to you as a Helper when you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. When the Spirit comes into you, so does His power. This power is mightier than Satan’s. Satan lost power and authority and dominion when Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later.

However, Satan still goes around making people believe that he is powerful and that they are weak against him. Unfortunately, many people agree with him and give in. How does he come to them? In spirit, in thought, in circumstances, in other people. But most often, he will come to you in thought. He likes to give thoughts of doubt and thoughts of fear, and sometimes on the other end of the spectrum; thoughts of conceitedness and pride.

Both types of thoughts can separate people from God; prideful attitudes are a blockage to the blessing of God and so is a defeated attitude. The prideful person doesn’t need God and the defeated person doesn’t have the faith to follow God. Not to mention, pride is what caused Satan and 1/3 of the angels to be kicked out of heaven. In both scenarios, Satan wins. In both situations, the person is likely to live in ongoing sin. The prideful person will carry on with boasting and living to promote self and figure everything out for themselves and the defeated person will give up and just do what feels good as they think they probably can’t do any better anyways.

For the defeated person, he or she can surrender to God and be helped, and probably will with some encouragement; for the prideful person, he or she can surrender to God and be helped, but probably won’t because their pride won’t allow them to say that they need help.

Satan will figure out your weakness and he will try to keep you down and in sin and away from God, but with a little education, you can defeat him.

What can I do to get out of sin?

Galatians 5:16
“So, I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”

The Holy Spirit in you holds the power over the enemy. Turning to Jesus is the answer to releasing that power. If you are continuously walking in sin, you will be powerless against the devil. As sin opens the door for the enemy to attack.

If you fully surrender to Jesus and turn from sinful living, then you will be in a position to exercise the power and authority over Satan you’ve been given in Jesus’ name and kick him out. Without sin in your life, Satan has no foothold left; he must leave when you command him to go using the name of Jesus.

If you want to get right with God and get out of sin, make the effort to recognize what is sin in your life, and plan to stop doing it. Go to God, as you won’t be strong enough on your own to overcome sin. You need the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver you. Bring the sin to God and repent from the sin; that means, turn away from the sin and make a choice not to do it anymore.

By humbling yourself before God, He can do His good work in you and help you. He will lift you up and set you apart from your old ways of living. At this point, to stay out of sin will require a commitment to spending time with God. This means, read the bible daily, pray daily, fellowship with other believers often, and worship God as much as possible through praise and also through worship music to Him.

Satan won’t stick around if you are praising and worshiping God. The devil hates this, because he wants that worship; he wants you to sin and to be forced to bow to him. Keep doing good and worshiping God and God will strengthen you and keep you.

You can fall back into sin

Getting out and staying out of sin requires the help of God. Staying out of sin also requires focus on God. The more focused you are on God, the more likely you will want to please Him. You will not want to sin because you will know that it causes weakness and separation, but more importantly, it is hurtful towards God. Does this mean that you can’t or won’t sin? Of course, not.

Paul wrote in Romans;

Romans 7:15-19
“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So, I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”

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Accepting Jesus and following Him doesn’t cast out your sinful nature. Until Christ comes back and you are transformed into your new heavenly body, you’re stuck with your same old sinful one. So, you will still sin. But if your focus is on God and your priority in life is to do His Will, you will sin much less often. You may also notice that you quickly repent of any sins from a desire to be in right relationship with God.

Everyone is susceptible to sinning. Jesus died on a cross and paid the penalty for your sins. So, although sinning is wrong and it grieves the Holy Spirit, if you are a Christian you won’t be condemned and separated from God for sinning. You may be disciplined as you may receive negative consequences from that sin, whatever it is, but you won’t be cut off from the love of God.

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Getting out of sin requires understanding. You must know that you are sinning and what your sin is; you must know that to stay in sin is to stay in bondage to the devil; you must know that you can’t kick the devil out without kicking the sin out, too; and, you must know that you need the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver you from the sin.

If you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior, your sin will lead you to death. If you do know Jesus as Lord and Savior already, then you can break free from the sin. The power is already in you. Surrender to Jesus and confess your sins to Him. Repent from those sins and command the devil to leave you in the name of Jesus. At this, strive to please God and you won’t surrender to the devil and live in continual sin. God will strengthen you.

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Take care!

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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