Do you ever feel like you’ll never overcome sin and temptation in you life? Sin is something we all have in common. All have sinned. All face temptation. The Bible tells us that apart from Jesus, we are actually slaves to sin. In other words, it controls our lives and holds a great deal of power. Seeking worldly pleasures, making ourselves happy at the expense of others, lying or cheating to get ahead – without Christ, we can’t help but strive to please ourselves first and foremost. We literally become enslaved to it.
But Jesus… He broke the power of sin and death. His death on the cross didn’t just pay for our sins granting us a pardon, it purchased our freedom. The chains are gone. Sin holds no power in our lives as children of God. The Bible tells us that when we abide in Him and live by the Holy Spirit, we can experience victory and overcome sin.
So why do we still struggle with sin as believers?
The enemy is a liar. He deceives us into believing that somehow we are still bound to sin. He tells us that we will always struggle with it, that sin still holds power in our lives, and that the chains aren’t really gone.
I firmly believe in using the Word of God as a sword against the enemy. Not only does Ephesians 6 tell us to do so, but Jesus used Scripture to combat the lies of the enemy. The best way to come against a lie is to declare the truth. So the next time you find yourself struggling with temptation, start declaring the truth. You are forgiven, redeemed, set free, and a new creation in Christ Jesus. As a child of God, all you have to do is resist the enemy, and he has no choice but to flee.
10 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Sin and Temptation
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. – Galatians 5:16 (HCSB)
So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud “no” to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. – James 4:7-10 (MSG)
God’s blessing on the man who endures testing! When he has passed the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12 (The Kingdom New Testament)
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. – 1 John 1:6-9 (NIV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 (NLT)
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11 (NLT)
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:6-11 (NLT)