This is a re-post of another blog but it is just so good and on a topic I am studying and giving thought to….the power of sin in our lives.
How To Experience Victory Over Sin
“We Don’t experience victory by struggling against
sins, but by setting our minds on Jesus.”
To think that concentrating on overcoming our sins will give us victory is a totally wrong approach to the matter. Not only will setting our minds on the flesh fail to bring victory, it will actually perpetuate our defeat. A legalist will always focus on behavior but when grace rules we will focus on Jesus.
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, (Romans 8:5-6)
Paul asserts that whatever you set your mind upon will ultimately determine your behavior. If a man continually sets his mind on bass fishing it will only be a matter of time before he is trying to figure out how to buy a bass boat. Those who set their minds on football usually can be found in front of the television on holidays, watching football – or playing the game on a field with some friends.
If a person sets his mind on the sins of the flesh he should not be surprised when his behavior matches his mindset. A person guarantees his own failure when he decides to overcome sin by concentrating on it.
We will never overcome our sin through sheer determination and self-discipline. That kind of negative emotion keeps our eyes off Jesus and on our sins. We are to focus on Him, not sin! As we fall more and more in love with Jesus, those sins which we have so tightly caressed will become increasing unattractive until we want to let them go.
For a complete discussion of how a christian overcomes sin see Chapter 6 – “Overcoming Our Sins” in the book GRACE RULES by Steve McVey.