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Don Stewart :: How Can We Overcome Habitual Sin?

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Don Stewart
Unfortunately with some believers there are certain sins that are habitual. It is usually one or two certain sins that a person feels enslaved to. How can we deal with this type of sin and escape the guilt it brings?


Jesus has made it so that we can be overcomers with respect to sin. His death not only saved us from the penalty of sin, it also saved us from the power of sin. The Bible commands us not to let sin ruler over us.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires (Romans 6:12).

Temptation Can Be Overcome

The bad news is that we will be tempted with sin, the good news is that we can overcome sin. The Bible makes this clear.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

How Can We Escape?

There are several things we can do to deal with habitual sin.

1.Know Your Enemies

First, is to know who our enemies are: the world, the flesh, and the devil. We must have an understanding of who it is that is attempting to defeat us.

2.Christ Has Won The Victory

Second, understand that Christ has won the victory over these enemies.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4,5).

The Bible says that the devil has been rendered powerless.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - (Hebrews 2:14).

3.We Have To Want To Get Rid Of It

Next, we have to want this habitual sin to be overcome. Without the desire on our part, then the habitual sin that plagues us will continue to be a source of defeat. This may include taking some steps on our part. As much as we are able, we should not place ourselves in any situation where we could fall into sin.

4.Accept By Faith

Finally, by faith, we have to receive the victory that Christ has given us. We are to walk in faith believing the promises of Christ. For example, we believe Satan will flee from us if we resist him.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

The good news is that we do not have to sin. We can only blame ourselves when we sin. God has promised to provide a way out. We must accept by faith the provisions that God has made for us.


According to the Bible, no believer has to be in habitual sin. If anyone is troubled by one or two sinful habits they cannot break, there are certain promises in Scripture that will help us overcome these habits. We must realize that God has provided a way out from our sin. To rid ourselves of these sins we must understand who our enemies are and that Christ has overcome them. However, we must want to get rid of the sin.

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