Are you struggling with a particular sin?
A while ago, a friend of mine sent me a text asking a few questions. She opened up about struggling with something and how she wants to improve. Personally, I have struggled with a lot of things but I always find comfort in the bible. Many people want to do better and be better for God. We want to improve our spiritual lives and get more intimate with God. But the devil is out for us and we must continue with the fight.
Here are a few pointers that have been especially useful in those times when I fall prey to pride, greed, lust, and even guilt.
1. God’s grace is sufficient for you: Whenever you feel down and out of steam, remember what the Apostle Paul says about the thorn in his flesh, after he had prayed about three times for the Lord to remove it. This is from 2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
God’s power is shown in your weakness, and that’s why we’re not christians because we’re perfect, but we’re christians because we have a perfect Father who wants to make us like Him. Don’t be worried about what has happened in the past and where you’ve been.
Remember that Jesus cares more about your today and your tomorrow and not about your yesterday. He only goes into your past to deliver you and to bring healing and restoration. Once you surrender to Jesus, you evade the judgement and punishment that should have come to you because of your sins.
Ask the Lord to help you see yourself how He sees you, and when that happens, you won’t feel bad about who you are and what you’ve done in the past. His love is sufficient to
2. God will not let your foot slip: I got some revelation about Psalm 121 while I went back to God to ask for forgiveness for something I did. I immediately happened upon Psalm 121 and verses 2 and 3 and I got very emotional.
We often think of God not letting our feet slip with certain areas of our lives like finances and careers, in the sense that we will not retard or regress. But have you ever considered that God also will not let your feet slip in terms of your relationship with Him?
He’s so so close to you that it only takes a whisper of “Jesus I need you” for Him to swing into action.
In those moments when you feel like you’ve fallen short, remember that the Lord your God does not slumber and He does not sleep. You have nothing to worry about so don’t let guilt eat you up while you work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Don’t carry a burden that’s bigger than you. Take away anything that makes you go back into sin, turn away from bad habits and God will do the rest. Ask for His help and He will grant you the victory!
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
3. Never lose focus that your enemy is the devil. The devil does not like the fact that you’re saved and working out your salvation. He wants to see you fail, so when you fall short, remember that there’s someone actively working to make you fall.
I know that some people argue when Christians place so much responsibility for sin on the devil, that’s okay. We walk into sin with both eyes wide open, we grieve the Holy Spirit, and that's because we're but flesh and blood. But it doesn't take away the reality that the devil is out for Christians. He sends his agents to counteract every single move you make.
The good news is that you already have the victory in Jesus Christ.
Here's what 1 Peter 5:8-10 says:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Your God is the GOD OF ALL GRACE. You don’t need anything else, really. You have all you need to overcome the wiles of the devil. Don’t lose hope, don’t deride yourself, don’t remain down. Stand up and look to Jesus, who is the perfecter of your faith.
You can overcome sin. You can live a pure life. You can be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect. Never forget that you already have all you need.