As we prepare for the new year, you may be thinking about how you will live differently. Maybe you will eat healthier, join a gym or start that book you always wanted to write. Whatever it may be there is one common factor – change. Jason Vallotton shares insight on how repentance does not just mean to say “you’re sorry,” but rather it means to turn and change the way that you think.
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John Bevere is someone that I respect very much – not only for his energy and passion, but His commitment to truly honoring the Word of God in a proper way. He’s recently come out with a book called “Killing Kryptonite” and has also released a devotional (which you can read through YouVersion). Today, day four of his devotional had some great thoughts on how we deal with sin in our lives. John even shares how he overcame his addiction to pornography earlier in his life! Great thoughts here!!
“There are three different scenarios when it comes to believers and sin.
First, there are professing believers who overlook sin because of hardened hearts. Second, there are professing Christians who believe the lie that we are all by nature sinners, that the blood of Jesus is powerful enough only to free us from the penalty of sin, but not from bondage to it. These two groups, being given to sin, are like kryptonite in the body of Christ, bringing weakness to the entire body because of their willful disobedience to Christ.
However, there is a third group—believers who are in a struggle to get free from sin. This is the group I want to talk to today.
The first thing I want to say is, Jesus will never stop forgiving you. He sees the torment your sin brings you every time you fall. He knows you truly want to be free. And by His grace, these words today can help you.
I was part of this group for many years because of an addiction to pornography. I became addicted several years before coming to Christ and even after getting married and working in ministry, I could not get free. I once had one of the most well-respected ministers in America lay hands on me and pray for me to be delivered from my addiction. None of it worked.
My freedom didn’t come until I changed my priorities. In the beginning, I wanted God to set me free because I was worried my sin would get in the way of my ministry. But then my heart shifted, and I began to focus on how my decisions were affecting my intimacy with Jesus. I started caring about how my sin affected God.
In 2 Corinthians 7:10, Paul contrasts two kinds of sorrows—Godly sorrow that leads to salvation, and worldly sorrow that brings death. My story illustrates both of these sorrows. At first, my sorrow was worldly, worrying about what would happen to me. But later, my sorrow became godly, concerned over how my sin hurt God and others.
Dear friend, God’s power is available to set you free from sin and give you a supernatural life. Pursue godly repentance, receive God’s forgiveness, and boldly live your new life in Christ.”
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