First things first, Jesus–through His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension has destroyed the power of sin and death (Hebrews 2:14). He has forever demolished the power of the works of the devil in our lives (1 John 3:8).
This means that the devil has no place in you and no power over you. He is underneath your feet and that’s where he must remain.
However, sometimes that’s easier said than done because the devil is crafty. He uses cunning schemes and tactics to get us to sin against God.
He knows our proclivities and inclinations. He remembers how we sinned before we came to God–those things he used to successfully ensnare us.
Understand that when the devil comes, he’s coming to tempt you with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (See Matthew 4).
These temptations are going to be specifically designed for you.
If you struggle with lust, the devil may tempt you to look at pornography or follow women who post immodest pictures on social media.
If you struggle with comparison or covetousness, the devil may tempt you to scroll endlessly on social media–comparing your life to everyone’s highlight reel.
No matter what sin you’re wanting to destroy in your life, you should know the following:
1. You’re not a “bad” Christian because you have a desire to commit a certain sin(s). Sometimes those desires completely leave you. Other times, those desires remain. Don’t be discouraged, you don’t have to give into them like you have in the past. You have access to the fruit of self control through the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to help you!
2. If you’re going to destroy sin in your life, you must abide in Jesus. Without Him, you can do nothing. Remain in Jesus: (1) Read God’s word, (2) Worship God, (3) Pray to God, (4) Spend time with God. Take the time to behold God. You become like what you behold!
3. Use wisdom and don’t give place to the devil. For example, if you struggle with pornography, download software that prevents you from going to certain sites. Maybe for a season, you should only access the internet in the presence of someone who will hold you accountable. If you struggle with comparison and covetousness, maybe you should deactivate your social media accounts for a season.
This is a battle between life and death. Stay sober and vigilant my friends. Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤