foundation topics

Overcoming Sin

Maybe we have realized we are sinners. We have grieved it, and confessed specific sins to God an others. We have, by God’s help, turned away from our sin and resolved to repent of it. Then what? 
Here’s where we enter the fight of our lives, choosing day in and day out to love, serve, and obey God and put our sin to death.

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Overcoming Sin in the Christian Life

Overcoming sin is a work of God (Matthew 1:21). When we believe in Jesus, he breaks sin’s power in our hearts (1 John 3:8). By his death and resurrection, the punishment we deserved is taken away and we’re given a new heart that can love and serve and know God.

One day when we reach eternity or Jesus’ returns, he will remove sin’s presence entirely from our hearts and our world.

Until then, we join God’s work in warring against sin (Philippians 2:12). By the help of his Spirit, we obey God rather than the sinful passions that used to drive us, and we engage our will in forsaking the habits and attitudes that used to rule us (Romans 6:12).

We do this not to just become better people, but because we have been redeemed from our old life and now love our Lord so much that we flee all that grieves him and desire to be increasingly like him (Ephesians 5:10; 4:30; 1 Peter 1:17-19).
by Bibles.net 

Article: 10 Min

The Christian’s Spiritual Warfare

by Bibles.net

Verse
Romans 6:13-14 NIV

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

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The Letter
to the Romans

The best place we can point you to if you’re wondering how to defeat sin in your life is God’s own Word. God tells us in Romans what he has done about your sin. He has written this masterpiece through the pen of the Apostle Paul, explaining to us the good news about what Jesus Christ accomplished for us. We highly encourage you to read it, particularly the first 8 chapters, which will take you about half an hour. If you’d like a shorter read, dealing particularly with how to overcome sin, you can start in chapter 5, below.
by the Apostle Paul | Letter

Article: 12 Min

The Holy Spirit Helps You to Kill Your Sin

by R.A. Torrey, adapted by Bibles.net

Video: 2 Min
by Jackie Hill Perry
at The Gospel Coalition

Article: 7 Min

To Defeat Your Sin, Look at Jesus

by Joel Stucki at Unlocking the Bible

Messages: 40 Min

How You See Jesus

by Adrian Schoonmaker

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Praise & Arrows

by Trip Lee, Canon, Deraj, Jeannie Ortega

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For the law of the Spirit of life
has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin
and death.

Romans 8:2 ESV

Article: 7 Min

Hate Sin and Its Effects

by Erik Raymond at The Gospel Coalition

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In opposition…to all the suggestions of the devil, the sole, simple, and sufficient answer
is the Word of God.
This puts to flight all the powers of darkness.

Verse
Psalm 119:9 ESV

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

Video: 6 Min

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Say this Prayer When You’re Being Tempted

by Bibles.net

One of the ways we fight temptation is to pray. We ask God to help us resist sin. And the best way to pray in a way that keeps in mind the promises we have in our Bibles. Here is a prayer Joseph Solomon shared in one of his videos, based off 1 Corinthians 10:13, that you can pray when you are tempted to sin.

Lord, no temptation has overtaken me that is not common to other people or that you have not delivered me from before. You are faithful and will not allow me to be tempted beyond my ability but with this temptation you will provide a way out that I may be able to endure it.

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1 John

John tells us one of the reasons God inspired him to write this letter. He says, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin” (2:1). You can read this short book in a little over 15 minutes, and discover what God says about how to overcome sin.
by the Apostle John | Letter

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Indwelling Sin

by Lecrae

Verse
James 1:13-15 ESV

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

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The Bible will keep you from sin,
or sin will keep you
from the Bible.

Verse
Genesis 4:7 NLT

“You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

Verse
1 Peter 2:10-11 NIV

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 

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He who would be safe from acts of evil
must haste away from
occasions of it.

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Don’t Play With Sin

This excerpt is transcribed from a sermon by Matt Chandler that he gave at the Together For the Gospel conference in 2018. Watch the full sermon here.

“It is the holiness of heaven that drives out the filthiness of the world. It is the beauty of Christ that compels us to say no to what is broken and grotesque in the world. Paul says, if it’s beautiful, if it’s lovely if it’s right, if it’s good, if its pure, hang out there, stay there, dwell there (Philippians 4:8).

I want to flood my life—fill my life—with joy-bringing, Jesus-exalting beauty.

Being entertained by what God finds deplorable is probably a bad usage of 30 minutes to two to three hours. If I find myself entertained by rape and incest and horrific violence and sexual perversion, what does that say about where my mind and heart are? And is Jesus sitting there with me enjoying that?

Again, don’t read me wrong brothers and sisters, I’m not telling you to throw out your TV, although some of you should throw out your TV…

Don’t play with sin.

I used the illustration before, I’ll use it again.

There’s something broken in our minds, broken in our spirits, broken in our souls that leads us to believe that we are in control of sin in a way that is not biblically true. The way I’ll illustrate that is:

…So I’m watching this show and near the end of the show there’s this scene—they’re trying to shoot this commercial, and this commercial was going to be for shampoo or something and it’s this woman, you know this model, and they want her to lay on this male lion. And the lion attacks her and just rips her to shreds.

And then they’re interviewing the trainer and the guy is like, “Couldn’t see this coming!”

And I’m like, “It’s a LION; it has one purpose in all of creation—to kill stuff! It is an apex predator!”

But to hear this brother talk, he talked about raising it from when it was a baby, getting it when he could just hold it, taking it for walks, combing its mane.

And I just have to believe that many of us are playing with sin like this brother was playing with a lion: Oh I’ve got control of this. Oh man this is never going to turn on me. Man, for 15-20 years I have trained this sin to sit when I tell it to sin, to get in its bed when it’s time to get in bed… I would urge you brothers to not play with lions.

Eventually, in season at the right time, it will turn and it will devour. Therefore put on Christ and make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14).”

By Matt Chandler

 

Verse
1 John 3:4-10 ESV

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Messages: 29 Min

Breaking Free From Sin

by John MacArthur

Verse
Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Video: 3 Min
by Kevin DeYoung

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He Always Wins

by Matt Hammitt

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Be killing sin
or it will be
killing you.

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