Re: Overcoming Lust & Temptation.
We didn't do it on our own. In faith we trusted God to help us and He did. Like the psalmist says in..
Originally Posted by KevenChia
I waited patiently for the LORD;
He turned to me and HEARD my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the MUD and MIRE;
He set my feet on a ROCK
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and FEAR the LORD
and put their TRUST in him.
We all have sinned and fallen short in some ways. Each day we may yet fail in some way; but we keep right on turning to God who picks us up and gives us the courage and strength to go on. His grace is sufficient and either we believe that or we don't. And we co-operate with that grace as we try not to put ourselves in a place of temptation by avoiding whatever triggers the urge to commit sin.
People who become steeped in sin actually choose to be. They like sin because it gives them something and fills a need, or so they think for a while. Of course, the thing is that it is a mirage and doesn't last as it becomes less and less satisfying and the enemy begins to swallow them up so that eventually they have formed an unhealthy and unspiritual lifestyle. Sin has become very satisfying to them. They don't usually want out. Sad because they, then miss, the peace and joy only Christ can bring.
But from what you have said in your first post and how you feel after sinning you do want to experience a breakthough. And God is listening to your prayer. You may have to seek one on one help face to face from someone who is mature in Christ and can listen to your problem not condoning but understanding and giving good scriptural counsel.
It isn't all about feeling. And being a Christian doesn't mean that you will always feel the way you did at first. All of us who accept Christ go through a sort of honeymoon period before temptations are back and it is easier to fall. His grace is sufficient to pull us out of the pit. Obviously you don't want to stay there and so trust Him in that you won't..
The practical thing I have found "to do" besides trusting God to pull me out of a pit of sin or protecting me from falling in one is to occupy my mind with good things..and to replace bad habits with good ones.
Not enough to just praise and pray although important to do that. But get in the habit of spending more time in the Word letting your thoughts become transformed and renewed as you remember:
Phillipians 4:8-9 "... whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Praying and believing for victory over this for you in 2012. May that peace of God mentioned above be with you.
"The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land ." SofS 2:12 (RSV)