How can you defeat that recurring sin that may have plagued you for years?
Want to know how to defeat recurring sin, and not just to defeat it temporarily, but once and for all? Well I have had good news for you: That recurring sin (or sins) can be totally vanquished by the power of God’s Word – but it will take some effort on your part. So how do you do it? How can you defeat that recurring sin that may have plagued you for years? The answer is so simple, that I need to warn you not to dismiss it because of its simplicity. The way to defeat recurring sin……..is to read the Bible. Hold on, before you tell me that you’re already reading the Bible, allow me to be more clear:
To defeat recurring sin you need to read the Bible on a daily basis.
The prescription for recurring sin is……
Not just any passage though – although obviously the whole Bible is beneficial – but for the purpose of defeating recurring sin, I want to direct you to one chapter in particular: Romans chapter 6. The way to finally, once and for all, totally defeat recurring sin is to read Romans chapter 6 at least two or three times a day for twenty one days. “Why twenty one days?“, you may ask. The reason for saying twenty days, is because it has been established that it takes a period of twenty one days to change a habit (and slightly longer to form a new habit). Let me put this in medical terminology:
The prescription for recurring sin, is to take (i.e. read) Romans chapter 6, two or three times a day.
However, unlike with medication, there is no danger of overdosing if you read more than three times a day. In doing so, you will build up a resistance – an immunity – to recurring sin, until you find that it no longer has any more hold over your life.
Our old man has been crucified with Jesus.
I could stop there, having already given you enough information to defeat recurring sin – if you are prepared to put the effort in. Before we do conclude however, let’s take a look through some of the key verses in Romans chapter 6. For this I will be using the J.B. Phillips translation. The chapter begins, in verses 1-2, with words that make it absolutely clear that grace is not a licence to sin: “Now what is our response to be? Shall we sin to our heart’s content and see how far we can exploit the grace of God? What a ghastly thought! We, who have died to sin—how could we live in sin a moment longer?” Verses 6-7, explain that our old man (as the King James Version puts it) has been crucified with Jesus and should therefore be considered to be dead, and consequently free from the power of sin: “Let us never forget that our old selves died with him on the cross that the tyranny of sin over us might be broken—for a dead man can safely be said to be immune to the power of sin“.
Paul gives very clear instructions that we are not to yield any longer to sin.
In verse 11 Paul encourages us, “Look upon yourselves as dead to the appeal and power of sin“. How can sin have any appeal to, or power over, a corpse? The obvious answer is that it can’t! When we died to sin, we were made totally new creatures, 1 Corinthians 5:17 in The Living Bible puts it this way, “When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” It is this new life, that the second half of Romans 6:11 refers to: “But alive and sensitive to the call of God through Jesus Christ our Lord“. Then, in verses 12-14, Paul gives very clear instructions that we are not to yield any longer to sin: “Do not, then, allow sin to establish any power over your mortal bodies in making you give way to your lusts. Nor hand over your organs to be, as it were, weapons of evil for the devil’s purposes. But, like men rescued from certain death, put yourselves in God’s hands as weapons of good for his own purposes. For sin is not meant to be your master—you are no longer living under the Law, but under grace“. Notice that Paul says that sin is not meant to be your master. This is not just about resisting sin, this is about actively rebelling against sin and stubbornly refusing to allow it to be your master. In verse 16, Paul explains that we need to make a choice. We will either serve sin, or we will serve God – it’s either one or the other: “You belong to the power which you choose to obey, whether you choose sin, whose reward is death, or God, obedience to whom means the reward of righteousness“.
There is power contained with the pages of the Bible.
In this article we have looked at certain verses in Romans chapter 6, but let me restate the prescription. Read Romans chapter 6, in it’s entirety, at least two or three times a day, for twenty days and recurring sin will be defeated. How can I say this with such confidence? Because I know that there is power contained within the pages of the Bible and that when you put God’s Word to work, in faith, it will produce results.
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