There’s sin in your life. And you want to be free! But how do you stop sinning?
You have prayed about it extensively. Yet you just can’t get free from it. Don’t resign yourself to sin. We all know God doesn’t want you to sin. And we all know God can give you victory over sin. He is able.
But you find yourself stuck. You are enslaved to sin.
There is an answer. You don’t have to be a slave to sin.
You can be free in three steps:
1. Choose to Hate Sin!
Sin has a personality on it’s own. Consider what God said to Cain:
[Gen 4:7 KJV] 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Sin is described here as a personality who wants to consume, and destroy you. But you have to learn how to fight against sin. You have to learn the art of war against sin.
If there is one thing we learn from the scriptures; that is, God hates sin.
- God sent the flood in Noah’s day because of sin.
- God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of sin.
- God pronounced many curses upon those who sin (Deu 28:15-68)
- Because of sin, Jesus died.
- Because of sin, Herod was struck by an angel and miraculously consumed by worms instantly
- Because of sin, Ananias and Sapphira was struck dead in Acts 5
- Because of sin, Paul said many die (1 Corinthians 11)
- Because of sin, many terrifying plagues has, and will come. (Revelation)
But if you like sin, it makes it hard to fight it. You must realize that sin is destructive in every way. Sin will drain you of your health, wealth, emotional and spiritual well-being, and eventually your very own soul. The wages of sin is death – eternal death.
The question is not whether you feel like fighting sin. The question is whether or not you choose to fight sin.
The question is not whether you feel like hating sin. The question is whether you choose to hate sin.
But one might say, “How do I begin to hate sin?”
[Psa 97:10 KJV] 10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
[Pro 8:13 KJV] 13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
The scriptures declare that the fear of the LORD is to hate all evil. If you fear God, you will hate sin. That brings us to another question: What is the fear of God?
One day I was driving my car on a very high and long bridge. This bridge has been known to have high gusts of wind that blow over transport trucks. Transport trucks have been known to flip over because of high winds on this bridge.
It just happened to be that there was high winds this day. And I just happened to be beside a transport truck. This bridge has multiple lanes each way. I was in a different lane, beside the truck. As we started to cross the bridge, I decided to slow down and drive just behind the truck.
I kept my eye on the truck. It swayed in the wind as it was crossing the bridge. Then, it’s like the Lord spoke to me, “That’s what it means to fear the LORD!”
Keep your eyes on the LORD, lest he “flip” over on you. Don’t take your eyes off God. Be afraid of what would happen if you leave Him. Be afraid of what would happen if you displease Him. Be afraid of what would happen if you sin against Him. Keep your eyes firmly fixed on Him, watching His every move!
Pray that you would have the fear of the LORD. Pray that God would give you a holy hatred of sin. Make this a fervent prayer of yours!
2. Remove All Evil Influence
Don’t forget, what God said:
[2Co 6:14-17 KJV] 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial (the devil)? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
[Num 16:26 KJV] 26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
[Ezr 10:11 KJV] 11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.
[Psa 1:1-3 KJV] 1 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
[Isa 52:11 KJV] 11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean [thing]; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
Are you tempted to drink when you go to the bar? Don’t go to the bar.
Are you tempted to “get high” when you are at a friends place? Don’t go to that friend’s place.
Yes, you may need to make changes to your social life. But you also may need to make changes to your work life. For example, do you work in the porn industry? QUIT
If you want to stop using filthy language, then stop hanging around with those who do.
If you want to stop smoking, then stop hanging around with those who do.
If you want to stop drinking, then stop hanging around with those who do.
If you want to quit your porn addiction, then stop going to those websites. Lock yourself out! Do whatever it takes to FIGHT that sin.
In short, you need to “come out from among them”. You need to stop hanging around with the same old crowd. You need to stop going to certain places. You need to throw away certain things.
3. Know the Truth!
Jesus said it plainly.
[Jhn 8:32 NIV] 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
If you know the truth, you will be made FREE from sin!
Yes, the reason you are a slave to sin is because you were deceived. Satan did it to Eve. It is that slight lie that hooks you. So much truth, mixed with a little lie, is a very deceptive tool.
Let’s go a little deeper. You need to know the truth about the Lamb of God.
We all know that Jesus is the “Lamb of God”, our “sin sacrifice”. We all know that he is the fulfillment of the “Old Testament” sin sacrifice. But very, very few people actually know how that works. And that is where the deception comes in. That is the loophole that Satan uses to snag you, and make you a slave of sin. Knowing how sin sacrifice works is vital.
Most people believe that God commanded people to bring their animal to the altar to be sacrificed so that their sin is covered, keeping God happy until Jesus comes.
But if that is true then why did God say over and over again that he is disgusted with their sacrifices.
God is Not Happy with Sacrifice?
[1Sa 15:22 KJV] 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.
[Hos 6:6 KJV] 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
[Pro 15:8 KJV] 8 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.
[Pro 21:27 KJV] 27 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination: how much more, [when] he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
[Isa 1:11-15 KJV] 11 To what purpose [is] the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them]. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
[Amo 5:22 KJV] 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
[Heb 10:5-6 KJV] 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
[Amo 5:21-27 KJV] 21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. 25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name [is] The God of hosts.
[Psa 40:6-8 KJV] 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.
After reading these passages, we must ask the question: How is it that God commanded the children of Israel to do sin sacrifices, yet when they do them, they are told that that is not what God desires?
We can find the answer to this in context, context, context. Remember, the scriptures are all written by Jews, preserved by Jews, and delivered to us by Jews. In order to understand the sacrificial system, we must turn to the Jews.
Sin Sacrifices Are Only A Means To An End
In the Jewish mind, sin sacrifices are not some magical formal for forgiveness. Repentance is the bottom line. When a person is caught in the web of sin, that person is to bring a sacrifice to the temple – to the priest. And when the animal is being slaughtered, that person is to watch. As the animal dies, that person is supposed to say, “I am dying with that sacrifice. My sin is dying with that animal. As the animal dies, my sin dies.”
And when the priest takes that fat of the animal and burns it on the altar, the person presenting the offering is to watch the fat being burned, and say, “There goes my lust for sin. As that fat is burned, so goes my sinful passions and desires.”
The Fatal Blow to Sin
So then, the bottom line is that the sin sacrifice is supposed to be a catalyst to repentance! It supposed to be used as a means to an end – repentance!
If a sin sacrifice is presented, but the person does not make the connection, then it is useless. If the animal is sacrificed, but the person does not identify with that sacrifice, saying “I die WITH the sacrifice. My sinful life dies WITH the sacrifice.” then the sacrifice is useless.
This is why God said over and over that He is fed up with their sacrifices because the people continued to sin after the sacrifice was presented. They totally miss the point – repentance. They totally miss the point – their sinful “self” is suppose to connect spiritually to that sacrifice, and DIE with that sacrifice.
The Jews know this. It is nothing new. And Paul the Apostle knew that Jesus was our sin sacrifice, therefore the same principles and rules apply. That is why he said:
[Gal 2:20 KJV] 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Paul knew that when the fat was burned on the altar, that is supposed to be a prophetic expression of your lusts being burned away. That is why he said,
[Gal 5:24 KJV] 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
This also explains why Paul made it clear. You are DEAD to sin. Dead people DO NOT SIN!
[Rom 6:1-2 KJV] 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
This is the TRUTH that sets you FREE from sin: When Jesus died on the cross, you died WITH Him! You are crucified with Christ! You are dead to sin.
The next time the devil comes knocking on your door, use the Word of God as Jesus did. Quote Gal 2:20, and Gal:5:24, and Romans 6:1-2.
Overcome sin by faith, and by the Word of God!