Let me tell this secret. When you give your life to Jesus Christ and you are being sanctified daily in the word of God, in prayer and total obedience, it does not mean the tendency or temptation of the sins will never come to your mind again, no! it will come and come again. The difference between a sinner and a child of God, both are exposed to temptations but a child of God does not fall into temptation, that is the difference. A child of God is not exonerated from temptation but he or she overcomes temptation.
The book of James 1:12, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Every child of God must endure temptation without falling into it. The devil will still bring the pressure, the feeling, the attraction, and it will be heavy on you again, those demonic spirits behind the sins will come again to tempt you, it will seem as if you can’t stand, as if you will die if you don’t do it, as if you are so weak. So what are you going to do in such time? You will hold your peace, you will not do it, just hold your peace on the word of God. You must endure it without falling for it. God will allow the enemies of your soul to tempt you but for a particular period and then the feeling will fade away. It may last for 5 minutes, 1 hour or so but during that period of heavy pressure of the feeling, just hold your peace in the Lord and remember the words you have been hearing or reading.
You must also watch! Watching here means to abstain from everything that will link you to your old lifestyle or spark it up again. You must disconnect yourself from sinful and ungodly friendship and places, you must destroy and delete all sinful materials, music, movies, pictures, magazines that will lure you back to the old vomit.
And finally, you must determine and decide never to go back, no matter what. God will not make the determination for you, it is your responsibility. Why many Christians still fall back into masturbation, pornography, other sexual immoralities or sinful activities is because they have not totally made up their mind not to go to hell fire. The day you make up your mind that you are not going back to sin, that you are not going back to Satan’s bondage and that you are not going to end your journey in hell fire, you will not allow anything to bring you back into such sins again. Addicted sins need addicted determination to ever follow Jesus for life!
Let me read a Bible verse to you from the book of Hebrews 12:4, “You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.” Let me read it again, “You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. “That is it. That is the reason you keep falling back into the sin, because you have not yet resisted the temptation, the devil, the nature of that sin into bloodshed. What does that mean? It means if you know and see that anyone who becomes masturbation or pornography will fall down and die immediately, will you want to still do it and die instantly? You will not! You will not want to die because of 5 minutes’ dirty enjoyment. That is how you must strive against sin and the grace of the Lord will sustain you in Jesus name.
So what do you need now? You make a total dedication of your life to Jesus by repenting from all your sins, confessing and forsaking them, all without any reservation. Then you make a total devotion unto God. Devote all your life to Him in reading, meditating, studying and obeying His Word. Occupy your heart with the Word of God and praying without seasoning, pray for purification, pray for sanctification, pray for God’s grace and strength to overcome daily. Then you watch, watch against sinful tendencies, resist the thoughts, the notions, the feelings, the pleasure and disconnect yourself from anything, anywhere or anybody that will bring you back to the old lifestyles.
NOW IT IS TIME TO PRAY, BEFORE I PRAY WITH YOU, I WANT YOU TO REPENT FROM ALL YOUR SINS, READY TO FORSAKE ALL AND SAY LORD JESUS, I COME BEFORE YOU, I AM SORRY FOR SINNING AGAINST YOU, PLEASE FORGIVE ALL MY SINS, CLEANSE ME WITH YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD, GIVE ME A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT IN JESUS NAME!
LET ME PRAY FOR YOU, AS YOU HAVE SURRENDERED YOUR LIFE TO JESUS AND CONFESSED HIM AS YOUR LORD, RECEIVE HIS TOUCH, YOU ARE DELIVERED FROM EVERY BONDAGE OF THE DEVIL, YOU ARE SET FREE IN JESUS NAME! FROM HENSEFORTH, LET NO ONE TROUBLE YOU FOR YOU BEAR THE MARK OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS IN YOUR LIFE. IT IS WELL WITH YOUR SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY IN JESUS NAME! AMEN. REMAIN BLESSED.
Gideon Akande (Evangelist)