Are you always struggling with the same old sins? Do you end up feeling down as the tempter got you again and then told you your muppet after?
What if you have a few sins that always re-occur but one of them is the root. What if they all went if the root went.
What I mean is maybe one sin is making you a mess and when you struggle to give up, this sin produces other sins to compensate, like a lilo i.e. you push down one part of the lilo (maybe smoking), and another part of the lilo pops up (maybe Ben and Jerry’s icecream). Result is you get fat or feel rubbish smoking:
Tackle your root sin. Draw a graph of how and when you sin in order to work out what your root is. What a clever way to repent and have a joyful life instead as sin will make a Christian a shaky mess. See how wisdom tastes and smells instead:
Proverbs 3:13 ESV “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding”
Sin does make you a mess:
Target your worst sin and get rid of it. It is smoking in the above paragraphs as it is highly addictive. You might scoff delicious chocolates for a while like I do, but soon you will adapt.
Wanting to escape reality with chocolate, smoking, drinking and other routes will make you an addict. Being an addict will obviously be reflected in the way you relate to people e.g. you will only seek what you want to get your fix and people will not like you.
Have a trusted Brother or Sister in Christ to be accountable to about your sin problems and make sure you pray about it. Learn wisdom in order to cleverly conquer it. There is a whole book in the bible devoted to wisdom. The book of Proverbs. Get wisdom, it is delicious!
I had a dream about being at the beach with my family.
Mum told me to not swim out to far as I would be swept away by the strong currents.
I did swim too far out though and started to get in trouble.
I struggled against the current. I then prayed for wisdom and God said stand up.
I stood up and the water came to my chest. I then walked to shore.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV
Wisdom is the way to escape the temptation or attack. That’s why:
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,
Proverbs 3:13 ESV