Everyone has that one sin they struggle with or as the bible says, “The sin we so easily fall into” (Hebrews 12:1). No matter how hard we try it seems like we just can’t let go of that sin. That one sin for me is cursing. Yes, cursing. I know cursing is a sin, but when I get mad and frustrated, cuss words fly out of my mouth like a sailor on a ship. I know it’s wrong, but I just can’t seem to stop. I understand Apostle Paul’s battle in Romans 7:21-25,
“It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.”
I really want to break my bad habit of cursing. I really do. I am tired of being the poster child of the saying, “I love Jesus, but I cuss a little”. Though the saying is cute, it is not biblical because God doesn’t give us a pass for a “little sin”. Sin is sin and in His eyes, cursing is a sin. So what do I do? How will I overcome the sin that so easily besets me? I will I will this battle over cursing? How will you win the battle over the sin that easily besets you?
We will win our battle through Jesus Christ and through identifying and dealing with the root of sin. Every sin has a root. I don’t curse just to curse. I curse when I am mad, irritated, and frustrated. Basically, I curse when I am angry. So the root of my sin is anger. Every sin that we commit has a deeper root behind it and until you deal with the root, you will continue to struggle with the sins that root produces. A man or woman that is sexually promiscuous root sin is lust.
Understanding the root will help you deal with and overcome the sin. I know in order for me to stop cursing, I have to break the spirit of anger off my life. Anger not only causes me to cuss, it also causes me to get offended easily and irritated quickly. So I have to deal with my anger so I can quit getting entangled in the sin of cursing.
Okay so now I know the root. Now what do I do? What do you do after you have identified your root? You seek God for a strategy and you deal with it! You bind the root (the strongman)! Also, you must make up in your mind that you are sick and tired and when I say sick and tired, I mean really sick and tired of committing that sin.
Satan, doesn’t leave where he is invited. You have to be godly sorry and tired of grieving the Holy Spirit to stop committing a sin. And that is where I am today. I am tired of cursing. I am tired of breaking God’s law and grieving the Holy Spirit. I want to stop this wretch sin! Do you want to stop the sin you are struggling with? Here is how you will do it:
1. Identify the root. Do you struggle with stealing, the root is greed. Find out what out what the root of your sin is and deal with the root!
2. Pray and ask God to give you a specific strategy. God may tell you to go on a fast, seek professional counseling, or mediate on a specific scripture for 30 days. If you seek Him, I promise you He will give you a strategy on how to stop that sin and how to stop it for good!
3. Pray and repent. Pray and repent. Until you get delivered from the sin, every time you commit the sin repent immediately. Repent and pray!
4. Write, read out loud, and mediate on scriptures that talk about overcoming the sin. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death.” You can overcome any sin through these three strategies. Daily I will plead the blood of Jesus over my sin of cursing, and confess scriptures that talk about overcoming scriptures and I will never renounce my faith!
5. Get an accountability partner. Your accountability partner can be a friend, family member, co-workers, spiritual adviser/mentor, pastor, etc. It doesn’t matter, get you somebody who will call you out when you commit that sin and remind you what God’s Word says about the sin and your commitment to stop the sin.
6. Spend daily intimate with God. The more time you spend in God’s presence, the more you will want to stop committing that sin. There is a difference between struggling with a sin and indulging in it. When my spiritual walk is low, my cursing is off the chain! The more you develop an intimate relationship with God, the more you will want to stop sinning and doing things that displease him.
I hope these tips help you! Pray for me as I pray for you. We will overcome the sin that easily besets us.
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