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How To Overcome Besetting Sins

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When a person truly gets saved the Holy Spirit will keep them from doing really bad sins like murder and adultery (see post “Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into”), but true Christens can still struggle with lesser sins, which the Bible refers to as besetting sins.

Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

These besetting sins can include things like:


Having patience towards others is a command.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

Impatience shows a lack of love for others.

When struggling with the sin of impatience put yourself in the other persons shoes, and think of how you would want to be treated if you were them.

James 2:8 “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:”

Also think of how patient Jesus is with you.

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”


Worrying shows a lack of faith in God.

When struggling with the sin of worrying remember worrying does not please God.

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Remember God cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Remember God seeks your good not harm.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Remember God promises to supply your needs.

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Remember God cannot lie.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;


Complaining shows a lack of contentment.

When struggling with the sin of complaining, write down all the blessings God has given you, and then thank God for them.

1 Timothy 6:8 “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

Also remember, Jesus is always with you.

Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

And if you humble yourself to God in hard times, He will deliver you.

1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”


Apathy is when we do not work for God like we should, and it shows a lack o care for God and for others.

Apathy is when we neglect things like praying, studying the Bible, witnessing to others etc.

The Bible commands us to:

  1. Pray

I Timothy 2:1 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

2. Study The Bible

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

3. Witness to Others

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

I see a lot of Christians falling into the sin of apathy right now, because they are discouraged.

The world is evil, and they have lost hope that serving God would do any good, so they are ready to give up on trying to change the world and save it.

2 Timothy 2:1-5 “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

Even though we are now living in the time where people will not endure sound doctrine, we are still commanded to work for God by witnessing to others, and to make full proof of our ministry.

We are to continue to work for God in these hard last days, because we love God and we want to please Him.

Plus the Church has the power to overcome the world. If all Christians were working and praying to save the world, we could save it! God says it is His will for all to be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

And He says that anything we ask according to His will He will do it for us. 1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

We can save the world, but it is not going to be easy! We must continue working and praying. We cannot give up! The one sure thing that will destroy this world is the Church giving up!

When struggling with the sin of apathy, hold onto God’s promise that His Word will not return void. If you work for God long enough, someone will get saved, although you may never know it until you get to heaven.

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Also remember, God does not judge you on results, just on your faithfulness to do the work.

Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Now, this is not a complete list of sins that Christians struggle with, but it is some of the more common ones.

Just remember any sin hurts Christ and we do not want to hurt Him.

Our #1 Priority is to Please God.

Also, if we just focus on always doing our best to love God and others, then it will be easier to overcome these sins.

Don’t dwell on the sin, dwell on the solution for the sin.

If you dwell on not doing the sin you will become discouraged and miserable. If you dwell on the solution you will remain hopeful, which will help you get victory over it.

More Tips for Overcoming Besetting Sins:

Pray that you do not enter into temptation.

Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

If you ask God to help you overcome sins, He will.

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

You should also ask Him for wisdom on how to overcome your besetting sin or sins.

James 1:5-7 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

Take The Way Of Escape

God always give a way of escape for temptation.

1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

If you find yourself tempted to complain, or already complaining, immediately stop, pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned), and start thinking God for his blessings.

If you find yourself tempted to be impatient, or you are already being impatient, immediately stop, pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned) ask God to give you peace, and then maybe excuse yourself from the situation for a while if you can. If you can’t leave the situation, ask God for wisdom on how to properly handle the situation in the moment.

If you find yourself tempted to worry or already worrying, immediately, stop, remember how God has delivered you and others in the past, and pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned) asking God to give you peace, thanking Him for His former deliverances, and thanking Him that He will deliver you this time as well.

If you find yourself being tempted to be apathetic or already being apathetic stop, pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned) asking God to give you strength to continue working to save the world, even if you do not see results, and peace that at least some will listen and be saved, and that it is God’s will to save the whole world, so therefore it is Possible!

We will never be completely sinless until we get to heaven, but we should always try our best to not sin, by focusing on loving God with all of our heart, soul, and mind; and loving others as Jesus loves us. This will really help to cut down on our sinning.

What It Means To Watch For Christ’s Return

Jesus Coming In The Clouds
Jesus Coming In The Clouds

The Bible says in Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

Your garments become dirty by sin.

Jude 1:23 “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 

Therefore, we are to watch for Christ’s coming by being diligent to not sin and by quickly repenting wen we do sin.

The Consequences of not watching for Christ’s Return.

Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

This mean that if we are committing a sin at Christ’s return, then Jesus will expose our sin to everyone and openly judge us for it. Everyone is going to know about it, we will lose rewards, and we will be ashamed.

Now, the Bible teaches that any sins we have repented of Jesus will not judge us for, nobody will ever know about them, and we will not be ashamed.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

The Bible says in 1 John 4:17 that we can have boldness in the day of judgment.

Boldness is the exact opposite of shame.

Moreover, A true Christian cannot fall into really bad sins like adultery, murder, theft, bearing false witness against someone, drunkeness, or drug addiction, because the Holy Spirit will not allow them to fall that bad. He puts God’s love into our hearts and makes it impossible for us to commit the worst sins. Someone who falls into those kinds of sins has never been saved.

To learn more about this and other really bad sins that the Holy Spirit keeps true Christians from falling into, please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/05/12/sins-a-saved-person-cannot-fall-into/

However, A true Christian is capable of falling into sins like: impatience, crankiness, apathy, worry, gossip, pride unforgiveness, selfishness, leaving their first love (no longer seeing Jesus as their Dearest Friend. Meaning they are serving Him, but they see it as more of a Master/Servant Relationship instead of truly serving Him out of love like in a Dear Friendship. Revelation 2:4), etc.

For example, if Jesus comes back and you are arguing with your spouse over something that either does not matter or you are in the wrong, then you are not going to have time to repent before judgment. Jesus is going to openly expose that sin and judge you for it, everyone is going to know that you were arguing with your spouse, you are going to lose rewards, and you are going to be openly ashamed.

Therefore, we need to be watching for Christ’s return by being diligent to not sin and by quickly repenting when we do sin, so that we are not ashamed.

How to Have Victory Over Sin

How to Have Victory Over Sin

Every Christian has the power through Jesus Christ to have victory over sin.

When a person receives Jesus Christ as their Savior He not only forgives them of their sins, but sets them free from the bondage of sin.

John 8:31-36 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

We are crucified with Christ and dead to sin.

Romans 6:6-7 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.”

Since we are dead to sin, we should not even want to sin, we should completely disdain it.

It may take some work to fully achieve this attitude, but by reminding ourselves that we hate sin, when we are tempted, we will be less likely to fall.

Don’t ever say that you like sin or that you want to do a particular sin, or you will be more likely to fall into it. Always remind yourself that since you are a Christian and dead to sin, then you hate it, and you don’t really want to do it, because it would displease God.

The Bible does say that even the thought of foolishness is sin.

Proverbs 24:9a “The thought of foolishness is sin:”

Therefore just saying that you would want to do a sin, is a sin in itself.

We are dead to sin, but alive unto God.

Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God gives us the Holy Spirit at salvation to help us not sin.

Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

The more we allow the Holy Spirit to control us the less we will sin.

Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

Ephesians 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” This means that we are to allow the Holy Spirit to completely control us.

If the Holy Spirit completely controls us, we will only do good things.

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

We are no longer servants to sin, but to righteousness.

Romans 6:15-18 “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

In addition, Jesus also said to watch and pray in order to avoid temptation.

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The Bible also says to physically avoid temptation, and take the way of escape.

Proverbs 4:14-15 “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

The best way to not fall to temptation is to not allow yourself to be put in a situation where you will be tempted.

For example, if you struggle with the temptation to drink alcohol, then as much as possible do not hang out with people who drink, especially while they are drinking (if they start drinking while you are with them make some kind excuse to leave, and leave. This is your way of escape), Also, try not to drive past a bar, don’t eat at a restaurant that serves alcohol, don’t go down the alcohol aisle in a grocery store, etc. Completely, physically avoid alcohol as much as possible.

Put God in all your thoughts.

Psalms 10:4 “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”

If the wicked does not have God in all of his or her thoughts then the Christian should have God in all of his or her thoughts.

If God is in all your thoughts then you will not fall when tempted.

James 1:13-14 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

When you are drawn away from God like that, then God is no longer in all your thoughts.

If you keep God in all your thoughts then the devil will still try to tempt you, but you will not fall, because you will not be drawn away to fall.

Then the Devil will flee from you.

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

How to keep God in all your thoughts.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Only think on these good things, and this will keep God in all your thoughts.

Surround yourself with good things.

  • Listen to a lot of Gospel music
  • Study the Bible and pray every morning and night
  • Go to a good KJV Bible teaching church
  • hang out with mature Christian friends

Doing these things will help you to have victory over sin.

Because we have a sin nature, we can never reach sinless perfection until we get to heaven, but we can get to the point where we never intentionally sin. This is what the Bible means when in says that Job was perfect in Job 1:1, and this is called being a mature Christian today.