Winning the Battle Against SinChris Anani
There is nothing more frustrating than a Christian trying to fight sin. I used to fight sin as a young Christian. The sad reality about those futile fights was that they never got me any rewards, except depression. My favorite Bible quotation then, James:4:7. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” couldn’t help me because I lacked in-depth knowledge. If I managed to resist one sinful act, I would reward myself with a dozen. As a young Christian growing up, Bible studies or going to church could not stop me from watching pornographic movies or fornication.
The truth was that I always came back to ask for forgiveness, but only to repeat the same sin the following minute, day or week.
I listened to several pastors, researched topics like: “How to stop watching pornography or how to stop fornication” I read all kinds of brilliant articles, but none was able to save me.
One day, out of nowhere, an idea dropped in my head. I felt the need to get closer to God. I had already given up the fight against sin, but I felt an irresistible need to get closer to God no matter what.
I started reading the Bible, meditating on what I read, and spending time thinking about the greatness of God and salvation. The least opportunity I had, I spent it thinking about the love of God towards me.
Today, I see the importance of James 4:7 more than before. It has the substance the believer needs, but only after the believer is equipped with in-depth knowledge of God.
Nowadays, I can’t do without prayers. Slowly, I lost interest in pornography, formication and other vices. It worked for me. I hope it can work for you too.