When You Love Jesus And Can’t Stop Struggling With Certain Sin…

secretiveCan we just be real and talk about the struggle. Can we peel our church mask off and just be real?

How can it be that we can truly love Jesus and still be addicted to pornography? How can it be that we can love God, serve Jesus and truly, truly love Him, but still struggle with masturbation even though we know it’s wrong? How can it be that we can truly love God but can’t seem to stop having sex with that person who is not our husband or wife? How is it that we find ourselves asking for forgiveness from God for that certain sin AGAIN and again? How is it that it can seem like “we’re good” but when it comes to certain areas like our sexual purity ( I’m just using sex as an example. Everyone’s stronghold maybe different) there seems to be “that one” bad habit that feels impossible to break?

You can truly love Jesus with all of your heart and STILL struggle. *insert sarcastic gasp here*

Sometimes we think we get saved and all of a sudden all of our messed up ways of thinking and all of our struggles suddenly disappear. Think about it. If you got saved at 25 years old, you’ve basically spent a good 24 years thinking and living a certain type of way.

I personally have spent almost two decades thinking that there was absolutely nothing wrong with having premarital sex. It wasn’t until I got saved and started reading the bible that I found out that it was wrong. There are certain habits and images that are still probably embedded in me and my mind way back since I was a kid. Yea, those moments when you secretly snuck away and watched those “nasty channels” aka porn, or those times where you as a young curious teen experimented with touching yourself and discovered a whole new thing called masturbation? (Lets talk about the uncomfortable stuff). All of this stuff doesn’t just disappear on its own ( some stuff God does deliver you from overnight but other stuff may take some time) until we directly attack with the only thing that is stronger than these strongholds: the power of JESUS CHRIST.

One of the realest scriptures to me in the bible is Romans 7:15-23. Paul says:

I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

This resonates with me so much and has comforted me so many times when I’ve failed over and over again in this walk. I have moments where I just wanna slap myself and ask “what’s wrong with you?” How can it be that I have all of this wisdom to preach on Facebook and Instagram yet still struggling with this sin over and over again that if exposed would make me look like the biggest hypocrite? How is it that we can have every intention to do right and love Gods word with all of our heart but still find ourselves in these predicaments that make us ask ourselves “How did I get here?”

The dope thing about this passage is that at the end, Paul provides an answer. Romans 7:24-25” Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

I can’t fight my sin on my own. I’am not strong enough. YOU can’t fight and overcome your sin on your own. You are not strong enough.

We must understand that without Jesus, we all are SLAVES to sin. Before I got saved, SIN was my master by default. There is no middle grind. Sin was natural to me. Sin is natural for all of us. It’s apart of our human nature. This is why we needed Jesus. This is why as I stumble and get back up, I am so much more appreciative of the cross, the grace of God and of the forgiveness of God made available through His Son Jesus.

There is so much to write about concerning this topic but I’m gonna end here and maybe just write a part 2 to this ;). Whatever you are struggling with, stop struggling with it. Stop trying to fight a battle that is too big for you. You must depend on Jesus and Jesus alone to help you overcome that struggle or that sin that you can’t seem to shake. We must attack our sin not with “trying harder” but in trusting Him more and by renewing our mind with the word of God. The battle is mental before it is physical. A lot of us are chained physically because we’re chained mentally. Do not allow the enemy to bombard you with guilt, shame, and condemnation or hopelessness. There have been times when I would be tempted to accept a certain stronghold in my life, as “it is what it is” and that maybe there’s no hope. Those were nothing but lies of the enemy trying to get me to give up…

Put on the armor of Jesus Christ and don’t quit. We’re all fighting battles..some are just more visible than others. Stay the course. Depend on Christ alone. Remember your position as a daughter of the King.
Love yall! xox

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15 thoughts on “When You Love Jesus And Can’t Stop Struggling With Certain Sin…

  1. Amen 🙌🙌 Your transparency is truly encouraging & I can definitely attest to this. Thank you so much for your blogs, they are truly a blessing 😊

  2. Thanks for allowing Jesus to use you ! This was much needed ! I love how you point people to the scriptures and the power of Jesus to break chains ! You inspire me 🙂

  3. Just ran across your page on IG and so thankful I did u have truly blessed me and inspired me as well please keep allowing him to use you!!!

  4. Wow thank you so much far sharing. I personally am saved and have been baptized and accepted Jesus a few years ago but I cannot shake sexually immorality. It is like the ONLY sin that I continue to fall into. These past few weeks I started telling myself to stop fighting who I am and maybe heaven just isn’t for me. Something kept telling me if God is who he truly is then he would’ve removed this stronghold. So I stopped going to church and reading my Bible bc I said “what’s the point” I’m tired of begging for forgiveness and then keep falling. I believed that God is probably looking at me like a joke he keeps doing the same thing. I even began to accept going to hell bc trying to be a christian was getting to hard for me. I. Was upset and frustrated bc I didnt understand why God wouldbt just remove the temptation from my life. But today God used your post to speak to me and I am very grateful. I won’t give up, I’ll keep pressing on despite my failures and shortcomings. Praise God.

  5. You have no idea how much we need women to speak bold truths. I am so tired of devotionals and studies that focus on lighthearted issues (I’m not trying to belittle anyone’s struggle), but for me, if I read one more devotional about time management or being kinder to your husband and children I’m going to puke. I’m a single woman with real, messy, dark struggles and I love Jesus. I needed this so badly and we need more of it. We need to see that we are in a new age. An age where Christian men are not bold and they don’t pursue well, so we are so tempted to turn to unbeleivers because, hey, at least they pursue. But that lead to issues and expectations that can be harmful as well. Life is hard, the world is rough, and we need more than fluff encouragement. You are such a blessing.

  6. OMG OMG this right here just encouraged me more than you will ever know!!!! Gosh yesterday the Lord led me to follow you and I did not knowHe would give you the right words to encourage me at this very moment!! Gosh our God is faithful!! Thanks for being obedient and also transparent sis…this is by far the most honest blog I’ve ever came across. May God continue to bless and keep you always sis…

  7. this is excellent article Thx, but would like to mention, that at the same time this is by no means a reason to quit trying to in, to get God and jesus christs help we MUST continue to try to stop sinning , then we will be showing that we are sincere about wanting to quit sinning and God by means of his Holy Spirit will help us !

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