Are you struggling with sin?

I sure hope so!  I know that you sin.  Every day.  Many times in a day.  In thought, or word, or deed  you sin and continue to fall short of the glory of God.  John tells us that if  any man says that he does not sin he makes God out to be a liar.   The question is not whether you sin and the question is not even do you grieve over your sins or do you confess your sins.  I hope you do!!  My question is do you ‘struggle’ with sin?  Are you at war with sin (see 1 Peter 2:11)? I have been reading a lot lately about ‘struggles’ with sin, especially as it relates to the scourge of  pornography in the church (among males and females, young and old).  I see this term over and over again–struggle.   What does a struggle look like?

It looks something like this!

Are you at war with sin?

War looks something like this:

Too often professings saints look more like this in their ‘struggle’ and in their ‘warfare’:

If we are looking for opportunities to sin (which pornography entails), if we are harboring and bringing up bitter thoughts, if we are refusing to forgive,  if we are making provisions for the flesh, we may be grieved by our actions, but we are not struggling.  Let us struggle and let fight as well as grieve!

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3 responses to “Are you struggling with sin?

  • Stephen Cox

    Pagan warriors often fight to the death because they have no hope in the afterlife,such is foolish when surrender may bring another day to live and fight again. But when it comes to fighting against Sin to the Death I must adopt this mindset because there can be no surrender,ever. Every time have ceased to fight against my remaining sin more sin follows to a worse degree,so to not fight is worse than surrender it is spiritual suicide

  • Greg

    And somehow we too often throw a pillow at sin and call that struggling…may we all be more like that GI in the picture and violently assault it.

    I think one way to struggle against sin is to work. Our willingness to fight sin is often so much weaker when we have nothing to do, but if we fill our day with God-honoring work in the workplace, our evenings with our families, christian friends or pursuing good works, it seems that God gives you that strength to be ready for and victorious in fights with sin. For me, it is those times where there is nothing to do (and by that I mean, there is something to do, but I was too lazy to plan on doing it that night) that temptations creep in. That is why men in particular need to be wary of sitting in a hotel room for 4 hours from dinner to bedtiime when on the road. Work longer at the work location you are traveling to, bring a captivating book or seek out a brother in that area to spend time with, even if it is to just watch a ballgame together (preferably a Rangers game!).

  • Robbie

    A true soldier, unlike a mercenary will fight to the death to protect that which he loves. Likewise when love for our Lord and Savior wanes, so does combat effectiveness. This is most always seen in our prayer life. To be effective in our struggle against Satan, the flesh, and the world we must cultivate our time with God. This is not easy. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.” Prayer is difficult, but it is absolutely vital.

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