Toolkit to avoid sin

Every follower of Jesus Christ sometimes sin. No one can say they are perfect, no one can say they stopped sining completely forever because God made them stop. This is what the Bible has to say about that:

-If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts]. If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].
1 John 1:8‭-‬10 ampc

Now, not one follower of Jesus Christ can ever say they were tempted by God, it is impossible:

-Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
James 1:13‭-‬14 ampc

But the good news is God gave us a complete toolkit to avoid falling into sin!:

– But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
Galatians 5:16 amp

Walking through the Holy Spirit is a decision we have to make every day. We do so by a simple prayer, we must tell Him that we choose to walk through Him today, and ask Him to make us sensitive to His voice (His voice will guide us) .

-So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 ampc

By choosing to submit ourselves completely to the authority of God every day it will help us to resist the devil and resist temptation. Again we do so by a simple prayer; we must tell God that we choose to submit ourselves completely to His authority. It does not only help us avoid sin, it is His will that we submit ourselves to Him because of Who He is. When we submit ourselves to Him it pleases Him and gives Him all the glory He deserves.

-Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes.
Psalm 119:11‭-‬12 ampc

We have to remain in God’s Words. This is the only way to know the Truth. The Truth is very important because when we have thoughts that are not according to God’s will, we can counter them with what the Truth says about those thoughts. Like our Lord Jesus answered the devil in the desert with the Word of God so must we.

-I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
Philippians 4:13 ampc

Jesus is more than willing to share His strength with us. Anytime we need to resist temptation we can ask Him to infuse us with His strength. We cannot resist temptation with our flesh very long; we will burn ourselves out and eventually give in. This is why we must never hesitate to ask Him!

-I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Galatians 2:20 ampc

Relying on the Lord is a way of living we must all learn. We must never trust and rely on ourselves, the Word says there is nothing good in us:

-The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]? [Matt. 13:15-17; Mark 7:21-23; Eph. 4:20-24.]
Jeremiah 17:9 ampc

By always relying, trusting and having faith in Him, it will help us to avoid sin because our heart and thoughts will be directed on God and not on ourselves and it will help us avoid sin.

And finally, this is the Awesome reward for resisting sin:

Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 ampc

I pray this article will help you live in victory, blessings!

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