Choosing to sin

In his book ‘The pursuit of holiness’ Jerry Bridges wrote: “If we sin it is because we choose to sin not because we lack the ability to say no to temptation. It is time for us to face up to our responsibility for holiness. Too often we say we are defeated by this or that sin. No we are not defeated we are simply disobedient.”

Deep down each one of us knows that this quote is true. How often do we tell ourselves that certain sins have conquered us? Remember a little sin leads to more sin. The time that we spend in sin is wasted forever - there is no eternal benefit in it. Some sins seem so small, they’ve become part of us and they’re grafted into our character. Maybe we’re even well known for sins like pride, laziness, idle chatter, discontentment and many more.

Do we understand the seriousness of sin? Proverbs 8 v 36 says “He who sins against me wrongs his own soul”. Do we really believe that our sin grieves God and that our sin causes God’s enemies to rejoice? Why do we so willingly yield ourselves to the Devil? Saying we are defeated by certain sins is saying that in that particular area of our lives Satan has the victory. As Stuart Olyott says “Each time we say ‘no’ to sin we are that much more able to do so again the next time. But each time we give in our resistance is weakened.”

We all know we can’t fight sin in our own strength. Daily we need to ask God to show us the sin in our lives that we will not or cannot see. We need to ask Him to enable us to say ‘no’ to sin.

“Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12 v 2)

By Becsy Wells

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  1. Jas 1:14-15 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.

    It is a sobering thought that sin brings forth death. Next time the choice arises let's choose the way of life.

  2. AMEN! That verse is a real challenge (and sobering, like you said Thomas) to us and I hope and pray that we as young people manage to steer well clear of the sins which we so often choose to commit.
    Thanks for the article Becsy. What a great way of tackling such an umpopular subject.

  3. It is very easy to forget how Holy our God is, and how he commands us to 'be holy, for I am holy'! As Elspeth says, its unpopular to think about sin as it really is!
    1 John 3:8; He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

    Lets make sure we are truly born of God. Praise God his Son has destroyed the works of the devil!

    (Very helpful and convicting article, thanks)

  4. Yer very very true Becsy.Its so easy to forget how serious to God even(to us)the littlest sin is.

  5. David van den Broek17 October 2009 at 23:34

    The most amazing thing is that we are utterly helpless to resist sin! But Christ has won the victory over sin (Hallelujah!) and therefore He has the power to enable us to resist sin.

    I can testify that the more 'no's' that you pile up the easier it is to say 'no' next time and (sadly) I can testify to the vice-versa. The devil is a roaring lion and his aim is not to inconvenience us or get in the way, his aim is to devour. I am glad we’re not in this on our own!

  6. A great deal of our backwardness, as Christians, in our daily walks is that we think undervalue the place that sin holds and it's power.
    Many of us act as if the christian life is less of a daily gruelling, sweaty, hard fight and more of a sunday afternoon stroll. For this reason we are not on our guard against sin and the devil (who is always alert)

    1 John dismantles this idea pretty quickly!..
    1Jn 3:7-10 "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." That is how important fighting sin is!!


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