The following are some pointers on how to gain victory over sin.
It is faith that gives overcoming victory in your spiritual life:
it is by faith that you stand (2Cor 1:24), by faith that you have victory over the world (1Joh 5:4), by faith that you quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (Eph 6:16), and you are kept by the power of God from sin through faith (1Pet 1:5);
2Cor 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
1Pet 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
How to build your faith:
You build faith by hearing the Word of God (Rom 10:17) and by praying in the Holy Spirit (Jud 1:20)
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Jud 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
No excuse to not gain victory:
Those that claim they are just human and are in this body of sinful flesh have no excuse where they can claim they can’t help their sinfulness. The Word of God gives us a clear promise on how we can increase our faith. This is done through an increased time spent hearing (reading or hearing) the Word of God and in more time spent in prayer.
Also, the Word is clear that God will keep us from falling back into sin. God has promised to not suffer us to be tempted above what we are able; but with the temptation make a way of escape so that we can bear the temptation (1Cor 10:13), he has told us he is faithful and will establish us and keep us from evil (2The 3:3), and he has told us that he is able keep us from falling (Jud 1:24).
1Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
2The 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
Jud 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
But there is a condition and it is that we must be diligent and do our part if we are going to keep from falling back into sin (2Pet 1:10).
2Pet 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
You need a desire to quite sinning:
But there is more to it than just reading and praying. There must be a desire to lay off sinning. Just like the person that is trying to quite smoking one of the worst things you can do is drink as it infects you with the I-don’t-care attitude.
It is usually the bad effects of smoking or what would be called the cost to smoking that causes people to get serious and quit. This cost is more than financial cost, it is that too, but other things also. Smoking is bad for health, makes you smell bad, hacking, coughing, no more pleasure in it, chance of cancer and shortens the length of life.
You have to realize there is a cost to pay if you keep on sinning:
With sin there is a cost also, but the problem is that the cost has been hidden by the false teachers that have taught the religious world that we are all sinners and that we can’t stop sinning and that sin doesn’t really have harmful effects.
These false teachers are much like the tobacco companies that told the people that there were no harmful effects to smoking. They taught that sinning was part of life. They taught that when a person becomes a new Christian and it will just be a matter of times before the excitement diminishes and they become normal again (not long before the sects kill them spiritually and they start sinning which robs their salvation and joy). They even teach that Paul was in bondage to sin and had a wretched man experience of sinning and repenting.
Now we have warnings on the packaging on tobacco that tell the truth — “Smoking is Harmful to Health”, “Smoking Causes Cancer”, and other clear warnings. We now have studies that show the deadly effects of tobacco that expose the lies that the tobacco companies have told us for years.
While the Word of God is full of these warnings against sinning, the false sects have also found ways to twist those warnings. But the true Christians have always heralded the warning “the wages of sin is [spiritual] death”.
The cost to continue to sin is… you will be lost:
The cost to continue in a sinning and repenting experience is that you will be lost. Many have been motivated to quite smoking when they realize the cost to continue to smoke.
Likewise, when professing Christians realize the cost to contining to commit smaller sins, or only allow the bigger sins in their minds as long as they do not act on them, God through their conscience will be able to deal with them and bring them to the place where they will be willing to give up their sins.
Although the Bible is clear in its warnings against sin, some how people can read over those warnings and not even see them. There consciences have been seared, there hearts have been waxed hard, and they hold unto Romans chapter seven and believe the excuses of the false teachers.
Freedom through education, understanding, decision, action, and support:
In order for a person to realize that something is dangerous they need to be told there is a danger. The Bible is clear that we can’t keep on sinning and go to heaven.
There is a process of education that is needed for us in order to come to an understanding that something is dangerous. After we come to the understanding, we need the will to make the decision that we will do something about the danger we are in. Then we need the tools to help us move forward with our decision to change and we will need support to help us to not fall back into the danger.
Sin is like an addiction and although admitting that we have an addiction is the first step to getting help, there is more to getting free than just admitting we have a problem. I have first hand experience on how to get free from smoking, drinking and drugs that almost destroyed my life.
While I give God all the glory, it took me a long time how to figure how to get freedom and that included failures and relapses. But I can say today I have victory over all the bad habit I was in bondage to and even more important I have victory over sinning!
Keys to victory:
One of the keys to victory is to never accept defeat. One person said “you are never defeated until you quite trying”. This will take you through failures when you start out and after you gain the victory, and God forbid it happens – relapses.
While there are wonderful examples of those that have gotten the victory over sin when they first got saved and never went back, we must be realistic and admit that not all have that testimony. And we must say that there are many that have relapsed, and even worse even yet, some that have never come out of relapses.
A good support group helps:
I can personally say that I struggled for 3 years trying to live a holy sin-free life, only to have to deal with failure after failure after failure. It was not until I moved to a location where there was a holiness church that I was able to get and keep the victory. While I am not saying that the Lord can’t give someone this experience if they are all by their self, but there is something to be said for a good support group.
Points that you need to understand:
1. That there is a difference between sins and mistakes.
2. Explanations for all the scriptures that seem to say we can’t live sin free.
3. That sin is rated by light and understanding.
4. Small things matter — the principle of faithful in little is faithful in much.
5. The need to make NO provisions for the flesh at all.
6. The realization that the sin, self, the flesh, and the devil and professing Christians will try to deceive us back into bondage.
7. Humility to take and obey instructions from others that are in the way.
8. If you sin you lose your salvation and if you stay in this condition you will be lost.
9. That those that are in sin and repent and never really get free from their sins are not really Christians. They only have religious profession, are not really getting saved, and will be lost in the end.