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?
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?
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.
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.