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5 Keys to Breaking the Bondage of Sin in Your Life

5 Keys To Breaking The Bondage Of Sin In Your Life

Here are five keys to breaking the bondage of sin in your life.

Fasting

The Prophet Isaiah, in writing about proper fasting as compared to the wrong reasons for fasting (Isaiah 58:3-5), wrote, “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke” (Isaiah 58:6). When the Old Testament saints were faced with sin, they often fasted or “afflicted themselves,” which is the same thing, so fasting can help us overcome certain besetting sins and shows God that we are serious in trying to overcome them.

Accountability Partner

I believe an accountability partner is an exceptional way to overcome a sin. If you have an accountability partner, they can call you every few days to ask how you did this week or in the past few days. Knowing that you have to call your accountability partner and tell them that you did it again (whatever sin it is) should make you strive to live a holier life because if you have fallen again, then you have to either tell your accountability partner about it or lie to them. Either way, your conscience is troubled, which should make you try to avoid whatever sin it is you’re trying to overcome.

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Prayer Partner

We need one another and are commanded to pray for one another. Prayer is really important if you or someone you know is trying to break the bondage of a sin or sins in your or their life.  We need the prayers of the saints and to be consistently praying for one another, not just your friend who’s trying to overcome but all the church membership. Wouldn’t you want a friend to be praying for you if you’re trying to overcome a sin?

Abiding in the Word

I heard a saying that the Bible can keep you out of sin, but sin will keep you out of the Bible. If you’re living in sin, the Bible’s the last thing you feel like reading because it will convict you; but that’s exactly what you need. Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4). We can’t do anything without Christ’s help; and since Jesus’ teachings are in the Bible, we need to be in the Bible.

Submitting to God

This sounds easy but it’s not. James wrote, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The first thing is to submit to God, which means submit to His Word, the Bible. If you do that and resist the devil and his temptations, then he has to flee from you. Submitting is humbling ourselves. God resists the proud and will give His grace only to the humble (James 4:6).

Conclusion

If you or someone you know is trying to overcome sin, why not try to fast for a time (after checking with your doctor). Find an accountability partner to be held accountable to and have them pray for you to have the power to overcome the sin or sins in your life. Stay in the Word and the Word will stay in you, and submit to God and to His Word. This may help you break the bondage of sin in your life.

May God richly bless you,

Pastor Jack Wellman

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