Do you keep struggling with the same sin? Do you know that something has to change, but you’re not sure how?
Maybe you’ve gotten advice like this before: “You have to FIGHT!”
But you’ve tried that, haven’t you? Didn’t work, did it? Or maybe it did…for a little while. People mean well when they say things like this–and they aren’t really wrong–but sometimes Christians take this idea of “fighting sin” and make it mean something that it doesn’t.
STOP FIGHTING AND START RUNNING
If you want something to change, then you have to do something different. The old saying is true, “If nothing changes, then nothing changes”. What if I told you that sometimes the best way to ‘fight’ sin is to RUN FROM IT?
“If nothing changes, then nothing changes”
1) Literally. Run. Get out of there.
Run from sin, especially sexual sin! 1 Corinthians 6:18
Fleeing from sin is not weak; it is strong. The best thing you can do is sprint from the settings where you’re tempted to sin. This also applies to the people that you hang out with. If you know that when you hang out with _______ you’re more tempted to ________ then stop hanging out with them. A friendship that encourages you to sin repeatedly is not worth it, even a close friendship.
2) Run towards Jesus.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Ever try to run and look back or look down on the ground? Chances are that if you did you crashed and burned. Same is true to when we take our eyes off Jesus. God calls us to set our minds and eyes on things above. Not to run aimlessly but in all things to pursue God in a way to honors and glorifies him.
The myth is that you have to be mature and strong enough to just deal with temptation on your own. But none of us are capable of that. A growing and interactive relationship with Jesus is our only hope to put sin aside for something better. So, put your attention on Him. Read your Bible; know what God has to say. This is how you fight sin, by running towards Jesus.
“A growing and interactive relationship with Jesus is our only hope”