How to really struggle against sin

Pastor Chad holtz writes some plain, blunt truth about sin and what we often mean when we say we “struggle” against it.

SIN DOES NOT NEED TO WIN!    If you are in Christ, you are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37).  Jesus lived and died to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).   So please, pay attention.   God does not want you addicted but free.   Completely, totally, 100% FREE!

So here I want to address a common theme I see in people I counsel and definitely saw in myself a few years ago.   It’s the idea of “struggle.”   People say all the time that they “struggle” with this or that.    ”I struggle with pornography” or “I struggle with food” or “I struggle with drinking,” and so forth and so forth.

But after digging a bit deeper it’s discovered there is no “struggle” at all.   Or at least very little of one.   What is often meant by “struggle” is that they feel an impulse to do something and it weighs on them heavily for awhile until they actually give in and do the thing that’s consuming their thoughts.    They assume that by having this impulse they don’t really want to have and wish would just magically go awayis the struggle!   But nothing could be further from the truth!

Holtz knows first-hand about these matters. Read the rest of his post at his blog. It is worth sharing or talking about in your Sunday School class or small group.

 

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2 thoughts on “How to really struggle against sin

  1. Great thoughts, Chad and John. Too much of our terminology implies that the odds are 50/50 and that we’re in this eternal wrestling/struggling match with sin and temptation. This just doesn’t square with passages like Ephesians 6:10-18. There is true victory and true power when we put on the full armor of God. “Struggling” is very often just spiritual sloth.

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