Are you struggling with sin or temptations in your life? If you are, you aren’t alone! We will all stumble from time to time. Maybe some of you are struggling with an addiction, like smoking cigarettes. Maybe you struggle with gossiping or lying. You could be struggling with lust or drunkenness. Whatever you may struggle with, know that there is a way out! Jesus gives us the power and strength in His Holy Spirit to overcome.
As children of God, we strive and desire to live holy for the Lord because we love Him. Repentance is a mark of a true Christian (John 14:23; Matthew 7:16). Jesus tells us that unless we repent we will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3). Once we are born again, the process (remember- it’s a process!) of sanctification begins and we will start to (by the power of the Holy Spirit) repent of our sins. In Christ, we are made into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and we put off the ways of our previous sinful lifestyle.
However, even after being born again, it is important to remember that we are in a spiritual war. It isn’t always super easy to follow Christ. We are still human, and there will be times where sin will try to pop it’s ugly head into our lives and tempt us. These temptations can come in several forms. It can be lust, such as wanting someone who isn’t your spouse or pornography use; it can be the temptation to lie, gossip, get angry and cuss, get drunk, or smoke.
No matter what temptations you may face or struggle with in life, we are more than conquerors in Christ! He gives us the power and ability to endure and escape whatever temptations life may throw our way. Unfortunately, we don’t always take His escape route; we will stumble and fall into temptations if we don’t stay prepared and stand strong. If this has been you lately, fear not- you CAN overcome this by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus loves us and wants to help us!
Sisters, let’s S.T.O.P sin and temptations dead in their tracks!
S.T.O.P Mnemonic – Overcome Sin & Temptations
Stop what you’re doing & stop any tempting thoughts. Shut down those thoughts in Jesus’ name! For example, if you’re at a get-together with friends and feel tempted to get drunk, pause for a moment; stop those thoughts about getting drunk and…
Think about what God’s Word says and why you don’t want to sin. Hanging out with friends and feeling like you want to take part of that joint or alcohol? Remember what God’s Word says about intoxication and staying sober. Are you angry and feeling tempted to use curse words? Remember what God’s word says about not letting corrupting talk come out of our mouths. Feeling sexually tempted? Remember what the Bible tells about how important it is to stay pure and glorify Him with our bodies.
Knowing God’s Word (and staying close to Jesus, of course) is vital and the most effective weapon against the sin in your life. It’s like a brick wall; when temptations come running, they’ll smack right into that wall of His truth!
“I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” – Psalm 119:11
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” – 2 Timothy 3:16
I also recommend to write these things out. For example, if you are someone who struggles with drunkenness, write down reasons why you don’t want to get drunk. Write down Bible verses that encourage you to abstain from it. Reflect on this when you are feeling tempted. It might look a little something like this:
Why I Will Not Get Drunk:
1. I do not like being hungover.
2. It isn’t good or healthy for my body.
3. It makes me feel far away from God.
– “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Holy Spirit.” – Ephesians 5:18
– “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
– “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” – Romans 12:1
Now that you’ve reflected on what His Word says, it’s time to obey it; remember He is Lord.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” – James 1:22-25
Pray & Prune –
It’s time to pray and prune, girl! Seriously though, pray that God gives you strength; pray that He helps you to not enter into those temptations. There’s a reason why Jesus included this in what is known as the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-14) and again in Matthew 26.
“‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'” – Matthew 26:41
Jesus is telling us that our spirit is willing. We want to live holy, we want to be free from sin! But our flesh is weak. Indeed, we are absolutely helpless left to our own devices. That’s why He tells us to pray. Prayer is our communication with Him, and it strengthens us to stand firm against all sorts of trials and temptations.
The next step is to prune! To prune is defined as “to cut off or cut back parts of for better shape or more fruitful growth” (Merriam Webster’s Dictionary)
By pruning, you will be cutting off people, places, or things that invite sin into your heart. Pruning will allow you to grow in your walk with Christ. Think of it as removing weeds and thorns from a garden so flowers can flourish and grow healthy and strong. You are a flower, and you need to prune away all those weeds and thorns in your life!
For example, do you have toxic friends in your life that lead you farther away from God instead of closer to Him (1 Corinthians 15:33)? Do you listen to inappropriate music that damages your walk with God? (read more about why the music you listen to is so important here.) Do you watch certain TV Shows that are full of filth (ex: South Park)?
Ladies, it’s time we prune- or cut out- these kinds of things from our lives! This will not only help us cut out sin along with it, but it will help us grow in holiness and strengthen our relationship with Christ. When we get rid of things that cause us to sin, we are shutting the doors to temptation and opening up the doors to a more holy lifestyle which is what God wants for us- it’s what’s best for our hearts, minds, and souls! Just like how an alcoholic would stop going to the liquor store in order to get sober, we also need to quit participating in things that cause us to stumble. FLEE that temptation, girl!
20 Encouraging Bible Verses to Overcome Sin & Temptations
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. 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.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.”
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
2 Timothy 2:22
“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22-25
“Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.“
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.”
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.“
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.”
I hope this post has been an encouragement to you, sweet sister. What are your favorite Bible verses to help you battle against sin? Feel free to comment them below!
God bless. 🙂