Generally speaking, sin is violation and rebellion of God’s will. Therefore, all sin is directed against Him (Psa 51:4). The Bible teaches that everyone is guilty of this (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 Kings 8:46; Romans 3:23). God expresses His will through His Word—directly, through angles, or human agents (prophets, inspired writers, preachers, etc.). Sin can be committed purposefully (Ro 1:32), unintentionally (Lev 4:1-4) and unknowingly (Lk 23:34).
What Sin Is
- Whatever is not from (or consistent with) Faith (Romans 14:23).
- Knowing to do right and not doing it (James 4:17).
- Lawlessness (1 John 3:4).
- All unrighteousness (1 John 5:17).
Avenues of Sin
- Satan (Matthew 4:1-11; Eph 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:8-9).
- The world (1 John 2:15-17).
- Self (James 1:13-14).
Other Descriptions of Sin
- Faithless (Heb 11:6).
- Acting corruptly towards God (Dt 32:5).
- Doing what’s evil in God’s sight (Jdg 2:11).
- Ungodliness (Isaiah 9:17).
- Rebellious (Isaiah 30:9).
- Going astray (Psa 95:10
- Debt (Matt 13:21-35).
- Unclean (Psa 51:2).
Dangers of Sinful Attitudes and Behaviors
1) Separates one from God (Isaiah 59:1-2).
2) Corrupts the heart (Mark 7:20-23).
3) Brings sorrow (Psa 38:4-8).
4) Brings bondage to a continual habit (Prov 5:22; John 8:34; Ro 6:16).
5) Results in spiritual death (Ro 6:23).
6) Brings Divine judgment and eternal domination (Ro 2:6-9, 12,16).
7) Causes others to go astray (Gal 2:11-14).
8) Corrupts societies and nations (Isaiah 1:1-4).
Dealing With My Sin
Identifying My Sin
1) The sin I’m currently struggling with is...
2) How long have you struggled with this sin?
a. A few days.
b. A few weeks.
3) No matter the circumstances, sin is always wrong. But here are a few reasons some people sin:
a. Out of curiosity
b. It looks appealing
c. An attempt to fill a void in their life
e. Confusing revenge with justice
f. It’s enjoyable
g. Pride/ Hardened heart
h. Bad habit
4) Why did I sin or why do I continue to commit this sin?
1) We must acknowledge that sin is never oaky under any circumstances. It is totally unacceptable. I must never be accepting or indifferent towards sin of any kind. Meditate on these Scriptures, put them in your heart (Psa 97:10; Psa 101:3; Psa 119:11; Prov 8:13; Isa 5:20-21; Rom 12:9; 21; 1Thes 5:22).
2) Study your sin:
a. Find as many passages in Scripture as you can, that covers this sin.
b. Take your time and study them in depth: How did God feel about that sin? What happened to individuals who engaged in that sin? What were some of the consequences (physical and spiritual) associated with the sin?
3) Pray. Seek a support group of strong Christians. Ask others to pray on your behalf.
4) Any sin left un-repented of can cause one to be eternally separated from God. Conduct an in-depth Bible study on repentance. What all does it entail?
5) Create a plan that enables you to avoid temptations and triggers to commit or engage in this sin.