Most of us have struggled with a sin that so easily besets us, maybe some havent, i know i have and i know others that do as well, we may pray to be dilivered from it, we may go to church and get swept up in an emotional frenzy knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that "you have been delivered" only to fall in a litle while, guilt consumes you as does dispair and with it condemnation and the feeling comes of just wanting to give up, so you hide in darkness, fearful and feeling alone. I want to encourage you; if you are a child of God you will never be cast away, you belong to the almighty. You might say "i prayed and prayed for deliverence and i feel like i have been delivered only to return to it" . Ready for some good news? you have been delivered, Christ's blood delivered you, sin will not have dominion over you, the bible says that. the problem is not whether or not you will be dilivered, the problem is you keep running back to it.
I think what many of us do is put way to much focus on out sin, so much in fact that we become legalistic toward it if that makes sense and we tend to pat ourselves on the back for staying away from it,, but soon like a rabid animal we run back to it hungry wanting to be satisfied and the whole cycle repeats itself, and in despair we wonder why we are not delivered, but what we really want is God to take the desire away.
My brothers and sisters in Christ this is where your saving faith comes in, as we grow and mature in the Lord, He reveals more of himself to us in his word. Collosians 2:20-23 says "20 If you have died with Christ [x]to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer to things destined to perish [y]with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the [z]appearance of wisdom in [aa]self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.
so according to the scriptures focusing on your sin as to avoid it no matter what has absolutly no value against fleshly indulgence, So what do we do? the text goes on. Colossians 3 3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 [a]Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to [c]immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which [d]amounts to idolatry. So we see from the text, its about focus, stop focusing on your sin and focus on things above where Christ is. He is the one that saved you, He is the one that loves you uncondionally, He is your life. Submerse yourself in His word and obey it , by doing so you will not fulfill the deeds of the flesh. the scripture does not say you might not fulfill the deeds of the flesh or maybe not, it says you will not.
the more we grow in the Lord the more we will love Him and with time and patience we can honestly say. " I love the lord my God with all my heart ,my soul and my mind . God bless
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You bring up a very excellent point. Rather than focusing on Christ, we tend to focus on the sin we are struggling with. In the natural, our feet will follow our eyes. I actually tried to walk out of a room once by fixing my eyes on the wall to my right and guess what? I kept heading toward the wall instead of the doorway. Hmm... it is true.
So what happens when we look at Christ instead of our sin? We walk towards Him.