Apostolic Christian Fellowship Temple, Inc.
|Posted on November 15, 2017 at 11:10 AM|
Bishop D. Jackson
SEVEN WAYS TO MORTIFY SIN.
If sin is out to kill me, then I ought to know how to kill it first—mortify it.
Consider these seven ways we can wage war against sin.
1. YOU MUST BE A CHRISTIAN—BELIEVE UPON THE GOSPEL.
There is no victory apart from Christ. His good news is “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believe” (Romans 1:116). Without him, any war that you wage against your indwelling sins will consequently fail.
“When the corruptible shall put incorruption, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ’Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ’O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).
2. KNOW YOUR ENEMY.
First, you must know your enemy within: indwelling sin. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew 15:19). Know your sins and call them what they are. Looking at porn and flirting with your neighbor’s wife is not innocent play; it is spiritual adultery (Matthew 5:28). Cursing at the traffic jam on the 40 is not a mild slip of the tongue; it is a sin of the tongue (James 3:8). But the tongue can no man tame: it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. If you turn a blind eye to the weight of your sins, you will end up neglecting your need for God’s grace.
Second, know that the enemy is hunting after you. The Bible tells us to “be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Our enemy prowls around day and night looking to consume us. He is not passive—he is active—so we should not be either.
3. PUT ON YOUR ARMOR (PRAY).
You would not step into a flurry of gunfire without your bullet proof vest and helmet on, especially if they have been provided to you. When you got saved, you entered a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12) and, likewise, your armor and weaponry has been provided:
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:13-20)
4. STORE GOD’S WORD IN YOUR HEART AND USE IT.
“When the Scripture speaks, God speaks.” Biblical truths and revelation are used by God to make us more and more like Jesus. Therefore, we need to listen to what The Bible says, learn what it teaches, store it in our hearts, and make every effort by the Holy Spirit’s empowering grace to mortify our sin and be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
“Thy word have I in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)
“For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
5. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
Sometimes, we think to ourselves, “I just need to get supernaturally zapped soon by a good sermon or praise and worship. Once God do this, then I’ll kick my sin to the curb!” Before long, we remain the same, and God is to blame: “After all, he knew very well what I needed, and he didn’t follow through.” This is cowardly thinking.1
One of the biggest misconceptions of the sovereignty of God is that it excuses us from any responsibility. False. God is working in us both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). He gives us the power, but we are responsible; we are called to both godliness and obedience. No excuses. And here’s the best part: even though we are responsible, it is God who does the work in us! Thus, because the Holy Spirit is in you, kill your sin!
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live and put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)
6. LAY HOLD OF YOUR VICTORY IN CHRIST.
To wage war against sin is not to destroy it. That is Jesus’ job, not ours. Nonetheless, Jesus is risen today in triumphant victory over Satan, sin, and death. Through Christ and his gospel, God Almighty has provided us his power for salvation (Romans 1:16). Lay hold of it and rejoice in his victory!
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
7. JOIN A LOCAL CHURCH AND COMMIT TO HER.
A lot could be said about the biblical need for membership in a local church, but we will save that for another day. “The nature of the Christian life is corporate, because the body of Christ is a corporate entity. While our individual walks are crucial, we are impoverished in our persona pursuit of God if we do not avail ourselves of the help that is available through mutually edifying relationships in our covenant church family (Ephesians 4:15-16; Hebrews 10:24-25).”
We are members of a church body, not just when we desire to be, but always. If we desire to be a healthy body, we need to meet and fellowship with one another as God commands us to. For the sake of gospel-advancement in our cities and gospel-evidence in our lives, we must join a local a family of believers. Make it a home and a family. There you will find prayer, fellowship, discipleship, and accountability.
At the end of the day, God alone is our hope from sin. After all, He is an active participant in each of the previous steps. It is God’s gospel who saves, God’s armor we wear, God’s Word we hide, God’s victory we claim, God’s church we are members of. In all of our war-waging we rest in God’s promise to keep His own:
“Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty dominion, and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)
What about you? How do you wage war against sin in your own life?
THIS MEAN WAR!
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