How Do I Break Free From My Repeat Sin?

Is there a sin that snags you again and again?

You think A-Hah! I’ve finally got it licked only to find yourself slipping into its greedy hands?

I had been doing really well in regards to anxiety almost 6 months with limited anxiety and then BAM!

It’s back again.

I mentally go through what has changed. Am I sleeping enough? Eating the right foods? How’s my stress levels? I can pin-point it sometimes, but other times this problem hits like a shot in the dark.

What’s the transgression that entangles you over and over?

How Do I Break Free From My Repeat Sin? Does the same sin snag you? Want to know how to break free from it? Anxiety is the sin that lures me each time.

Break free from my repeat sin

So why are we susceptible to certain evil anyway?

I know my anxiety stems from my past, but it can also be due to some genes. I’ve done genetic testing and I carry some mutations that make me more likely to suffer from anxiety.

Honestly, I can work through my past, but the fact I might slip up more to my genome is frustrating to me. I can’t really change that part of me, and it causes me some guilt and shame.

Sometimes I use this as an excuse to let my feelings dictate that I will never overcome this. I can’t do it. Even though I don’t like it, it might be more comfortable staying where I am then foraging ahead.

Is there something that predisposes you to a certain sin? 

Sin’s Lure and Breaking Free

Evil has the hardest time when it lures us the first time, but then it’s easier to keep luring us again. We blow it repeatedly don’t we? Sin happens often.

Fish like lures that are shiny and attractive. While I’m not comparing us to fish, the devil always makes sin attractive somehow to us.

I don’t like phases of intense anxiety, but something lures me in.

For me sometimes if I take matters into my own hands, I figure it will turn out better than waiting for God’s timing. I might foolishly think God is sending me bad things, so I need to find another way.

Is God enough? Isn’t this what we are thinking when we repeatedly fall into the cycle of sin?

 

Repeating Sin

Paul had something in common with us. He struggled with sin and he wanted to know, how do I break from my repeat sin?  Though we have been saved and given new hearts, we still fall prey to evil. Those old ways still remain.

14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin (Romans 7:14, NLT).

When I think of repeated sinning, I think of the woman at the well. She had gone through numerous husbands, and when we meet up with her in the Bible, she is living with a man who isn’t her husband.

Jesus asks her to leave her life of sin, and her faith becomes reaffirmed.

Here’s the thing, Jesus didn’t make her feel shame, but rather loved her, even though she was caught in a cycle of repeated sins. After spending time with Him, she was moved to live another way. Her faith gave her the strength to depart from her old ways.

Isn’t this good news for us?

Even if we are stuck in a cycle of sin, that doesn’t mean we are stuck forever.

How Do I Break Free From My Repeat Sin? Does the same sin snag you? Want to know how to break free from it? Anxiety is the sin that lures me each time.

Just like the woman at the well, when Jesus works in us, we want to leave our life of sin. Committing sin bothers us, and we want to live better lives for our Savior.

We can do this, though it will not be an overnight success. Slowly in time, we will be living more and more in the image of Jesus.

A Christian forages ahead in faith knowing the fruition God promises.

What sin is tripping you up? Remember we need Jesus.

(Ephesians 4:23-24, NLT) 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

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24 thoughts on “How Do I Break Free From My Repeat Sin?

  1. Julie, God does not cease to amaze me. I just started a new topic in my Sunday School class on temptations. You have touched on some of the points I made. I love how you tied in the story of the woman at at well. She was definitely caught in satan’s snare and exhibited repeated sin. Her story gives hope! When we allow Jesus’ love to flow in our lives, we too will become overcomers. I am sharing the link to this blog on my class’s facebook page. Blessings to you Julie. Keep following God’s lead as you write. We are being blessed.

    1. Calvonia- thank you, you made my day!
      God is amazing, aren’t the little gifts of affirmation great?
      We all are overcomers because of Him, let’s not forget it.
      I appreciate you Calvonia!
      Julie

  2. This post resonated so much with me!!

    I too have a predisposition to anxiety that runs in our family. I am in a particularly stressful time in my life and my anxiety levels are higher than normal. I know that God understands me this way and it is “in my genes”. In fact, God used my anxiety to draw me to Himself when I became saved. Anxiety has always been something that draws me closer to my Heavenly Father. So I try to look at it in that regard.

    I have been struggling with a lot of besetting sins of late and am becoming frustrated. Your insight into Jesus’ treatment of the woman at the well was extremely encouraging.

    Thank you so much for sharing such an edifying post.

    1. Karen- I love your perspective in looking at it as a drawing into Christ! What a mind shift from discouragement to acceptance of the struggle!

      You’ve blessed me today with your words!
      Julie

  3. Such a helpful and encouraging post! Great tips for overcoming sin. I appreciate your honesty and transparency in sharing some of your story. Keep sharing it! So glad I’m following you this week at Lori’s. Blessings!

  4. I certainly have my fair share of repeating sins. The ones that I’m hyper-alert to right now have to do with how I mother. I’ve living off of 1 John 1:9 right now. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” What a promise! What grace!!! Thanks for reminding me that I’m not the only one stuck in a sin cycle. Bringing your junk into the light helps me bring mine.

    1. Kelli- thanks for stopping! Yes you aren’t the only one caught up in it. Airing out my dirty laundry isn’t fun, but is needed for big change to happen I think.
      God does a lot of forgiving and cleansing here.
      Julie

  5. I read that one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, which I have been diagnosed with, is greater anxiety and fear than others. It helped to know that, but then again I don’t need to “receive” that. (And I love how you aren’t making your genes an excuse, either.) I am not being consistent with training my kids on a couple areas that God laid on my heart, and I know that I need to repent. And not just ask forgiveness, and act like nothing happened, but be intentional to follow through. And stop being lazy about it. I love how you brought out His grace with the woman at the well. He loves us enough to show us our sin, and love us gently at the same time.

    1. Kelly- I didn’t know hypothyroidism can cause greater anxiety!
      Yes intentionality gets me because I seem to feel like a chicken with my head cut off most days. It’s hard to change certain things because it requires more than I have to give during the day:(
      Thank you for commenting!
      Julie

  6. This is great! I have too many sins that grab me still LOL Anger, anxiety, fear (Oh my gosh, fear too often!) every once in awhile I really just want to smoke! Yep. I do. It’s so bad. But you’re right, sin grabs us and makes itself looks good. I heard it said once that if sinning didn’t look so good no one would do it because it’s mimicking the best of God. Peace from smoking, joy from alcohol, feelings of being alive from party music, whatever it is. Coming to you from the RaRa Link Up!

  7. I too have had my predispositions for anxiety–and I have had my battles with this miserable challenge. Love your site and this beautifully written post. Your candor makes us all feel we aren’t alone regardless of the sins we face.

    1. Thank you Ginger for your kind words! It’s nice to hear others are battling anxiety too. Makes me feel less alone:)
      Thanks for stopping!
      Julie

  8. What a beautiful truth-filled answer to a tough question, Julie. I was just reading the story of the woman at the well this morning and I also took note of how there was absolutely no condemnation from Jesus. Only simple truth. What a gracious and humble moment for both of them that must have been!

  9. Strangely enough, the fact that we continue to be undone by sin is one of the things that convinces me of the reality of God. If we were simply evolved animals we would develop self control that would allow us to overcome those things we continue to slip back into. However, we find that we are not in control of our own minds and bodies. We are part of a spiritual battle.

    This is, of course, no reason to give in to stubborn sin, but even when dealing with those difficult repeat sins we are reminded that we serve a Lord who is more than able to deal with our frailty.

    Romans 7:15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

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