True Repentance Demostrated: PART 10
How Would A Person Return To His Sin?
I offer 4 possibilities—
1.Returning to sin is evidence that one isn’t saved at all. True Christians do not habitually practice sinning (1 John 3:9). Sure, we all sin. But not habitually! Why? Because repentance and faith are life-changing and life-continuing gifts, we can’t ignore unrepentant sin for very long.
2.When a Christian stops feasting on the Word of God, he/she isn’t warring against sin’s traps and captivity, so sin will win that battle—maybe even a few battles and take you captive for a time.
We are set free to learn how to live free. Such growth requires continuous feasting on the Person of Jesus Christ. And the tools we have been given are the Word, worshipping in spirit and in truth, and witnessing of God’s loving grace toward us to others. When we stop using these tools, we invite sin and sin’s values into our lives.
3.A misunderstanding of God’s Word about what is sin and what isn’t. For example: the sin of self-gratification can be applied to most of our moral choices. So, we listen to and sometimes we believe the screams of our flesh and ignore Holy Spirit’s whispers of God’s freeing truth. Intentionally, but sometimes unintentionally.
4.Damaged emotions and disordered thinking derail the best intentions for right living. We have been made righteous to empower us for right living. Holy Spirit has written God’s Word upon the spirit chamber of our hearts—our nature, identity, and relationship to God. Yet, we are responsible to implant the Word of God into the soul chamber of our hearts—our thinkers, choosers, and feelers. Why? So, we no longer have divided hearts (Hosea 10:2; Ezekiel 11:19). The Word heals the soul! Heals damaged emotions and disordered thinking (Psalm 119)...
So, how does a person keep from returning to a specific sin habit? By coming to know Jesus as sovereign Lord, forgiving Lamb, saving Life, and rescuing Liberator; so you can experience Him as the all-wise Leader, Light-bearer of true counsel, and the perfect Lover of their souls! (Colossians 2:13-14).
God’s Word revealed to your heart by Holy Spirit, as you work out all that God has worked in you, into your everyday experiences of thinking, choosing, and feeling (Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:9, 13).