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How to Have
Victory Over Any Sin

July 6, 2002

How to Have Victory Over Any Sin

Hi John:

I enjoyed talking with you. I just wanted to go over the points I shared with you again, there are eight. To have victory over sexual sin or any controlling sin, do the following:

1) First, confess the sin to Jesus and thank Him for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 which says "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." God says the moment we confess our sin He forgives us automatically. This isnít dependent on feelings, but on the promise of God in His word. You may still feel crummy for a while but what is true about Your relationship with God is the moment you confess your sin to God, (snapping my fingers) God forgives you instantly and removes the sin from Himself infinitely: "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12).

2) Second, if you know what it is, confess and repent of the doorway which led you to this sin in the first place. A doorway is whatever was the first time you yielded to this sin or what trapped you into this sin. That could be pornography or the partner or something you saw on the TV. Once you have confessed and repented of that doorway, ask God to close that doorway forever with Jesusí blood and He will.

3) Third, in Jesusí name bind the unclean spirits related and command them to leave forever. Jesus said "Behold, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy and to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall injure you" (Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17). Once you have confessed and repented of your sins, as a believer Jesus has given you complete authority over Satan. "Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

When once you have fallen to temptation, even though you have followed these three steps, donít expect Satan to give up without a battle. When we sin and continue to sin, this opens us up to harassing unclean spirits. This is why even after we confess our sin and God has forgiven us, we may still feel crummy; it is because we are being harassed by these unclean spirits. However, as you resist them and stand on Godís word, His promises, they will eventually leave. "Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

4) Fourth, remove anything related to this sin from your life, anything which focuses your mind on it and incites you to fall to this sin. If you do not, you will not be able to have victory over this sin (Deut 7:25-26). This includes all relationships related. God doesnít need us to save the world, he needs us to obey Him. Just as he cares about you, so he cares about those other people. He will send people to them, but your not their answer. Godís will for you is to disassociate yourself from them, not because he doesnít love them any more than he loves you, but because your association with them will cause you to fall again to this sin, it WILL incite you to sin by association. Therefore there is no other solution for you than to make new friends, friends who donít have this problem and donít incite you to this sin (see point eight).

5) Fifth, ask Jesus for His Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to not fall to this sin and to deliver you from the temptation of this sin. Paul wrote "Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might" (Ephesians 6:10, 1 Chron 16:11, Ps 105:4). Paul wrote in Romans 8:6-8,

"For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8:6-8)

The fact of the matter is, John, none of us has the power to over come sin in our lives. In fact, because our flesh is in bondage to sin, when we try to over come sin through the strength of the flesh, we energize the flesh. The end result is that even though temporarily we appear to be gaining victory over the sin, in the end we will find ourselves in deeper bondage to the sin. Godís answer for us then is to not over come in our strength but in His strength. For example, when I am having a problem with a particular sin, I donít say to myself "Man, I have got to exercise greater will power over this sin!" No, that isnít what I do. What I do is this: I get down on my knees and cry out to God for deliverance from my flesh and the sin and itís temptation and for His Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to resist and say no to that sin. When I do I find I have greater strength and power to say no to the sin, but through Godís strength, not through my strength.

6) Sixth, control your thought life. Paul wrote "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts" (Romans 13:14). By controlling your thought life I mean donít allow your mind to be fed or tempted with thoughts that are related to the sin. You do this by avoiding on the TV that which incites you to sin, avoiding magazines, songs, whatever there is that incites you to this sin. James wrote,

"Let no one say when he is tempted, ĎI am being tempted by Godí; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death." (James 1:13-15)

The mind is the battle ground. Once you are focused on that propensity to sin, that issue, once the image is in your mind, you will sin. The only solution is to avoid the temptation at all costs in the first place. How? God tells us how in his word. Paul wrote:

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you." (Phil 4:8-9)

You avoid the temptation to sin by focusing with your mind on that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, of excellence, and whatever is worthy of praise. How do you do that? David wrote "I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You" (Psalm 119:11). A good place to start is with Godís word. Memorize the word of God. When I am having a problem with a particular sin I look up in the Bible what it has to say about it. I choose 3-5 passages and I memorize and meditate on those passages. I say in prayer as I do "Jesus, I believe by faith as I meditate on Your word, that Your word will give me Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to say no to this sin. James and the writer of Hebrews wrote:

"Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21)

"For the word of God is spiritually-alive and energetically-effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the conscious-reasonings and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

Godís word is not just words, Godís word is backed up with the power of the Holy Spirit. When we dwell and meditate upon Godís word he gives us Holy Spirit power over our flesh through His word. The word of God has spiritual life in it.

The other way you control your thought life is by walking in the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). Note there is nothing here that says that these sinful desires of our flesh will go away. It simply says if we walk in the Holy Spirit, we wonít carry out the desires of the flesh. We are walking in the Holy Spirit when we are using our time according to Godís will. Why did David fall into sin with Bathsheba, Uriahís wife? Because instead of having his mind occupied with doing Godís will in his use of time, he was instead idle, fooling around on the roof of his palace looking around and lusting after the women of his kingdom. If David had started his day by asking the Lord what his will was in his use of time, he and his mind would have been occupied with Godís will and he never would have seen Bathsheba and fallen to lust and to sin and even murder. David had sex with Bathsheba and she became pregnant. As a result David had her husband Uriah, who was at war, killed to cover his sin. Paul tells us in Godís word,

"For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8:6-8)

Paul tells us that our flesh cannot subject itself to Godís laws. How then do we keep from sinning, from yielding to the lusts of our flesh? Only one way: by focusing on and doing Godís will with our time, by occupying ourselves with Godís will so that the flesh doesnít have opportunity to sin. Paul wrote,

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Ephesians 5:15-17)

God commands us to know His will and to walk in it. Years ago when I wasnít getting victory in my life over some issues, I cried out to God and asked him why? He told me "Plan out your time during the week and commit yourself to your schedule, then Satan wonít be able to attack you in it," meaning overcome me and cause me to sin. I sat down that day and made a schedule and have been living by a schedule ever since (See my article on Time Management). On this side of heaven, the only way we can keep our sinful flesh at bay is by occupying our time with doing Godís will so that our flesh doesnít have opportunity to dwell on its lusts and sin.

7) Seventh, Anoint with oil your home daily with Jesusí blood, all rooms, windows and doorways, and command all unclean spirits to leave in Jesusí name. Then ask the Lord to cover Your home with the blood of Jesus (Rev 12:11), surround your home with His holy warrior angels (Psalm 37:7), and overshadow your home with the power and protection of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32). See my article on How to Anoint Your Home.  Paul wrote "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). Paul tells us our struggle is not just with our flesh, but with demonic forces. Anointing your home will remove them from your living situation and you will find peace in Your home and a definite reduction of the problem you have been having with sin. Also according to Paulís instruction in Ephesians 6:12-18 daily put on the armor of God. The armor of God is real and will protect your human spirit from attack of Satan and his demons.

8) Finally, you need the strength and encouragement of other believers. You need fellowship with godly Christians. Paul wrote "Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart" (2 Tim 2:22). Sever all ties with your partners in sin and seek the fellowship of godly men and women who can encourage, strengthen and build you up in the Lord, not tear you down. Doing the first seven points is not enough, we need also the support and encouragement of the body of Christ. The writer of Hebrews wrote:

"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:24-25)

John, as Paul said in Philippians 4:9 "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you." John, if you follow and put into daily practice these eight points I have outlined in this letter, you will find yourself having consistent victory over whatever sin you are struggling with. These eight points are Godís remedy for us in our battle with sin.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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