YOU CAN BE FREE FROM YOUR VICES AND ADDICTIONS

Most Christians are not free from the bondage of sin, vices and addictions. They keep falling into the same sins and bad habits over and over again. That is why many confess that they cannot stop sinning, which is openly admitting defeat and surrender to evil. The wages of sin is death. It is futile to keep on confessing the same sins and then to keep on doing them. We will all be judged by our deeds. The soul that sins will die, even if they believed in Jesus. We have to stop sinning and be holy. If you keep on sinning, you will end up in hell. Without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Jesus came to take away the sins of the world. He came to set the captives free, those who are enslaved by the bondage of sin and addictions. Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.35“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36-38. If Jesus has set you free, you will be free.

Jesus can set you free, and He will set you free if you want to be free. However, if you have no desire to be free because you enjoy your sins, vices and addictions, then Jesus will not set you free. If He has set you free and you returned to your sins and became entangled and in bondage, Jesus will leave you in your bondage because it was your choice. Many believers love their sins. They love their lust and pride. They practice lying because it is beneficial to them. They enjoy pornography, movies, the lust of the flesh and worldly things. They defend their vices. They regard their bad personality traits, anger, pride, aggression, laziness, seduction, self-pity and lies as assets whereby they can manipulate, deceive and exploit others for their own benefit. They love their own personality, they love themselves. Many have built businesses, empires, on crime, sin, lust and deceit. Many churches have been built on false doctrines and lies. It is their livelihood. Many Christians love the false doctrines like the Grace gospel and once saved always saved, Calvinism and pre-election, because it gives them license to keep on sinning. They hate the truth. They don’t want to repent. They don’t want to stop sinning, be holy and walk in truth. They don’t want deliverance, and so they remain in bondage and perish in their sins.

Our biggest obstacle to deliverance and obedience to Jesus is our self, our own flesh and the desires of our flesh. That is why Jesus said: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24. We must choose to deny ourselves, our own desires and pleasures, and go after Jesus, obey Him, His words, His commands, at all cost.

If we are not willing to deny ourselves the pleasures of sin and the world and are not willing to give up our own plans, ambitions and desires to follow Jesus and do what He commanded and requires of us, then our faith is in vain, our hope of eternal life is in vain. If we accept Jesus, obey Him, repent of sin and be baptized, seek to please Him He will support and empower us every step of the way. We have to follow Him with all our power and all our might. When we run out of power He will strengthen us, but if we give up and give in to sin and temptation, we will be defeated.

Take a stand against sin. We read in James 4:1-10. “1What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? 6But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” 7Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

As long as we stay with Jesus, in obedience to Him, submitted to Him we can overcome. Without Jesus we can do nothing.

May Jesus bless you.

About Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

A bond servant of Jesus Christ
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