Whoever you are, whatever your struggles and temptations may be, sweet victory is yours for the taking.
All you need do is appreciate, appropriate and act upon what already belongs to you in the person of Jesus Christ. You are guaranteed success in whatever battle you may be fighting, not because you are sufficient for the battle—you are not!—but because there are massively powerful provisions at your fingertips, in Christ.
Here are three simple steps that will release you from the grip of even the most besetting sin.
1. Name the Thing
Honesty is the precursor to victory.
Before God, and in your own conscience, call your sin exactly what it is. Cease all explanations and excuses. Just get on your knees and confess that this thing is absolutely opposed to God’s character, that it is hurting others and destroying you. Verbalizing the truth of the matter is vitally necessary. Doing so awakens a deeper sensitivity and places your heart in an honest position before God and before yourself.
Moses instructed Israel, “It shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing” (Leviticus 5:5).
Confess “that thing,” the specific “thing,” for exactly what it is, without reserve and without any kind of justification.
David gave us an example of total transparency before God:
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:5).
Simply tell the truth.
2. Decide and Act Against the Thing
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