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Failing Anonymous 10/24/2022 (Mon) 03:59:49 ID: e5fd0e No.20484
Hi all, I have called into sexual sin and substance abuse the last couple of weeks. Haven't read my Bible like I normally do every day. I justify it I myself as I am tired, I'll read when I am not. I have kids and want to do better but here I am failing and falling AGAIN. What do you do if there are sins you just keep going back to? I feel so disassociated
It helps not to make excuses brother. I recently watched an old John MacArthur sermon where he made the point that in sanctification you get better, and feel worse. That shame we feel immediately after sinning is a great blessing, and a sign that God is with us. We know we love the Lord when we hate our sins. My point is, next time, don't give yourself an excuse for sin, there is no excuse for sin. Just own it. The first thing to do when you sin is to look to Christ. It doesn't matter if you find yourself returning to the same exact sin day after day, the answer is always Jesus. The enemy always pounces on our sin as an opportunity to make us question God's love for us, not because we do not believe God is loving but because we cannot forgive ourselves, and we question then how it is that God can forgive us? But this is the blessed assurance of our faith, that there is no sin, no matter how great or numerous, that can separate us from the love of Christ. So the correct response to sin is never to think yourself unworthy of Christ's love and fall further away, but to turn back to Him and bask in His love and mercy. And next time when temptation arises, fight as hard as you can, for in this life we are constantly at war with the sin that dwells in our members. >My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins.
>>20486 Thank you for this so much. Yes, the biggest thing it makes me question is myself, if I keep calling back into sin do I really have faith? How can I pray to God and then sin like I never even prayed? I just feel like I am tossed with the waves sometimes instead of having strength. My kids got sick the past couple of weeks so no one slept well. Doing a house renovation. Working on a farm. Things seem so busy and endless. Yet the disciples had faith while being tortured. And here I am failing from just daily life stress.
Be vigilant. All the time.

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