I have had the privilege of spending many hours with men of God who truly desire to live lives fully surrendered to the heart of Jesus. As we journey together over many coffees and lunches one common question inevitably comes up:
“How do I stop sinning?”
All of these guys take time each day to stop and focus on the Lord, they are surrounded by a church family who loves them, and they are open and honest about their struggles. They have confessed their sin to others so they can maintain a sense of accountability as they move forward in their relationships with the Lord. So this is not simply a matter of lack of obedience but instead becomes an attack from the enemy. Hebrews 12:1 talks about the sin that so easily entangles us and how we need to run the race set out for us. I believe that as I look at these men who desire to not do “it,” whatever the sin is, they find themselves being defeated over and over again.
How do they stop the cycle?
Let’s ask another question before running to a list of things to do to simply stop sinning.
What if the reason the sin is so enticing is because God has something to say to us at that particular moment?
Maybe the sin is all the enemy has to distract us from what God is trying to teach?
John 10:10 says the enemy comes to steal, steal our joy, steal our dreams, steal our time from God and so many other things. He comes to steal. With that in mind, what if the reason sin is so enticing is because the enemy knows God has big things to accomplish in you at that moment?
That sin becomes a distraction, a loud cymbal, drowning out the voice of a loving, involved Father. God’s desire is to use you to alter someone else’s legacy. The enemy sees that and pulls out all the stops, the biggest cymbal he has, your sin.
So next time you find yourself in the midst of the sin that so easily entangles, stop. Take a second and cry out to God. In the midst of your sin, ask God what He wanted to do in that moment. Be ready to hear from Him at that moment.
He’s still there, He’s still listening and He’s always waiting to hear from you.
Don’t let the sin that gets you distract you from the God who loves you