How To Overcome Habitual Sin And Addictions?

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Addiction and habitual sin go hand in hand. God is the answer to them both. When I was addicted to alcohol and drugs, I was not only an addict but also a sinner lost in my habitual sin. I have learned firsthand that addiction and habitual sin are the same, and the remedy for both is the same, which is by accepting Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross as payment for my sins to free me!

All sin, including habitual sin, can be overcome by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have tried to pull myself up by my bootstraps by trying to think positively, but that got me nowhere. We need God’s saving grace! ~ Bill Greguska

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.




Is There Help For Habitual Sin And Addictions?


Does Sin Lead To Death?

At some point, each of us has experienced what the Bible calls conviction.  In other words, the “prompting or nudging” by the Holy Spirit is a real heaviness of conscience, as God leads us to change our behavior and thinking. There are times when we choose not to obey the promptings of God, but then what happens? Many Christians have wondered, “Will the Holy Spirit continue to lead me if I keep sinning?” Some people have also fallen into the trap of Satan into habitual sin. If that sounds like you, the videos and text on this page can help! All Christians continue to sin.  1 John 1:9 was written to Christians and promised God’s forgiveness to those who confess their sins.
Scripture teaches that a born-again person doesn’t lose salvation if they sin. But the Bible is clear that while we may struggle with temptations, weaknesses, and sins, Christ’s followers must not willingly and repeatedly yield to those sins. Scriptures indicate we are not to harbor sin in our lives. Romans 6:14 says that “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” 1 John 3:9 means that habitual sin should not be characteristic of the believer: “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.” (see also Psalm 19:13; Romans 6:12; Ephesians 4:30; I Corinthians 10:13; James 4:7).



Things To Know To Overcome Sin

Can we recognize sin and, with God’s help, overcome it?  We must know that:
  • Bad habits must be replaced with good ones. Like the story about Joseph, we have to run from the things that tempt us (Genesis 39:15).
  • Christian maturity does not happen instantaneously.
  • Choosing to walk closely with God each day takes prayer, discipline, and commitment.
  • Without the help of the Lord, sin will creep into our lives. Not probably, but I will.



How Can I Overcome A Habitual Sin?


What Consequences Are There If A Person Continues To Ignore God?

  • Less ability to understand and apply God’s Word (if the person reads their Bible).
  • Setback and derailing of progress in our spiritual growth.
  • Void of intimacy with God.
  • Weakness in our prayer life.
When a believer self begins to override what the Lord teaches over time, the Bibles say that their conscience or heart is becoming “calloused.” The Biblical words used to compare this to tissue in the body that is “dull” or unresponsive to feelings, such as fat around the heart or intestines (Psalm 17:10; 119:70).  The longer we remain in a state of disobedience, the more our ability to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice becomes harder to hear (see Matthew 13:15; Mark 6:52; Ephesians 4:17-19). It can cause hurt feelings, loss of trust and respect, and many other emotional and personal repercussions in relationships.
There can also be physical consequences such as stress, anxiety, and despair. And sins such as gambling and lust for material things will create financial consequences. Some habitual sins can exist hidden from the view of others, at least for a time. Vices such as anger, lust, jealousy, pride, hatred, racial prejudice, unwarranted discouragement, etc., can be kept from public view, but they are never hidden from God. Eventually, their effects will be visible to others.


What Are Some Things I Can Do?

  • Avoid the things that can cause us to fall into sin.
  • Consciously making God-honoring choices.
  • Exchange bad habits with good ones.
  • Flee from temptation.
  • Keep on loving Jesus with our hearts, souls, mind, and neighbors as ourselves.
  • Proactively pursue spiritual growth.
  • Think about Jesus, read His Word, and allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide us




Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

1 John 1:9 ESV 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 5:18 ESV 

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 John 3:9 ESV 

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

1 John 1:8 ESV

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV 

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Romans 3:23 ESV

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Hebrews 5:14 ESV 

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Matthew 7:23 ESV

And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

1 John 2:4 ESV

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV 

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Romans 6:23 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.





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