Are you struggling with addictive sins?
“If anyone will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” ~Luke 9:23
Self-denial in response to Jesus is how we pick up the cross to follow Him. The cross is the Truth of the Spirit by which our flesh is put to death.
As remarkably simple as this is to understand, it remains a gruesome and painful discipline to practice!
These two elements of self-denial and truth are necessary to Christian living; “if you love your life”, as Jesus said, “you shall die, but if you lose your life for My sake, then you shall live” (Lk 9:24). You must forsake your life- denying yourself, in response to Christ, of those things that are so desperately craved by the flesh.
IF YOU HAVE ADDICTIVE SIN: when you feel the impulse of sin in your flesh, reach for the Bible and mark those words whereby you are called by Christ to forsake the flesh and read them; kneel yourself in prayer and do not rise until the Holy Spirit has accomplished His work and you are free again in Christ! Persevere in this and you will find that the flesh will die and you will be free!
WARNING: beware of self-righteousness being masked as the cross. You may recognize the tell tale signs of this when you begin preemptively denying yourself things that Christ has not called you to forsake and then binding them on others. The wisdom here speaks this way: let that which Christ has spoken in the Word be for all, and keep that which is spoken in your conscience be for yourself.
“For many are walking in such a way that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. I have told you of them often and tell you again, even weeping. Their destination is destruction, their god is their appetite, their glory is in their shame, their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, from where also we await for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our body of humiliation, so that we may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working of His power even to subdue all things to Himself” ~Philippians 3:18-21