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Why Do We Continue to Struggle With Certain Sins?

February 10, 2010

Many of us keep falling back into the same sins over and over again.  It might be a sexual relationship, Internet pornography, TV shows, or masturbation.  We try to stop our behaviors, but we keep coming back again and again.  We are hooked.  We regularly cross God’s boundaries for sexual purity.  What we’re talking about is habitual sin. 

WHAT HABITUAL SIN IS NOT

Not temptation – We can’t rid ourselves of temptation.  Temptation comes from inside and outside and is a part of our existence, and a part of our faith walk. 

Not triggers – Triggers are things that set us off and get us thinking sexually.  We can minimize trigger situations, but we can’t get rid of all triggers.

Not our daily sins – We each have a sin nature.  We will have bad thoughts, words, and deeds each day, and sins.  We can have better days, but we will not be able to drive daily sinning out completely.   

Building strategies to help you deal with temptations, triggers, and daily sins is important. 

I’m talking about habitual sins.  The sins we keep coming back to.  The sins we can’t seem to shake.   

Today I’ll share some thoughts on why certain sins have become habitual for us.  Tomorrow’s blog will give some keys to breaking habitual sin. 

WE DIDN’T USED TO STRUGGLE WITH THESE SINS
All of our sins have a beginning point.  Maybe it was a point of weakness, a need, a curiosity that made us start.  Our actions became a way to cope with our situation, escape the pain, feel good, and our actions got results. 

Then at some point, we fell into a pattern of acting out that we couldn’t shake.  It became the main way that we dealt with our stress or emotions, and we got hooked. 

CALL THEM WHAT THEY ARE
It’s important that we don’t minimize our habitual sins.  They are strongholds.  Habitual sins.  We are in bondage to them.   

We don’t like talking about that, do we?  We minimize habitual sins by calling them:

  • Weaknesses
  • Slips
  • Thorns in the flesh
  • Struggles
  • Trials
  • Temptations
  • Triggers 

Quit mincing words.  You are addicted to certain behaviors and habits.  You have lost control of yourself.  These behaviors now control you. 

WE GO AT HABITUAL SINS THE WRONG WAY
We think our own strength will help us find victory over these sins.  We think we’ll outgrow them.  We think that more bible reading, prayer, or fasting is the key.  We might make vows to God and promises to ourselves. We might repeat to ourselves 50x each day “I will not use porn.”  If we’re real serious, we might even share with a friend or a pastor. 

These things are important and have their place, but often they are OUR strategy and devoid of the power of God.  We “man up” and try to conquer our sins, then fall flat. 

We have to realize:

1.  We’re worse off than we think we are

2.  Our struggles are much stronger than we are

3.  A deep calling out to God and others is necessary to find victory over habitual sins


TOMORROW’S BLOG

“5 Keys to Breaking Habitual Sins” 

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