1 John 2:1 But if anybody does sin…
“Oh no! I don’t know what to do! I feel dirty, guilty, ashamed, cast out… I feel trapped, caught, busted. Help! I’m lost. I can’t find my way back to God.”
I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands. Psalm 119:76
WHAT TO DO IF I SIN?
Before you get all flustered, rest assured: Hebrews 13:5 says that God will never, ever leave you. So chill. He’s right there beside you trying to teach you something important. So listen up!
GRACE AND TRUTH
In John 1:14, we read that Jesus Christ, the exact image of the Father, was FULL of two things: 1) GRACE and 2) TRUTH. Those are the main two ingredients in the recipe we give ourselves if we sin.
If Christ is full of grace and truth, then we must be full of grace and truth, to others and to ourselves.
“But how do I give myself grace?”
Good question. This is how:
Go look in the mirror and honestly forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for not being the person you would like to be. Forgive yourself for not being perfect. Confess that you never were. Confess that you will never be. Confess that you cannot be good, no matter how hard you try (Lk. 18:19). Confess that you cannot please God, even with all of your best human efforts (Is. 64:6). Confess that you have no righteousness at all. None. Zero. Zip. Confess that you simply cannot live the Christian life. Confess defeat. Confess that all you have left is the white flag of surrender found in Romans 7:24. “Belly up” is the first step to victory.
(Hint-hint: Jesus Christ is the only one who can live the Christian life. Ask Him to live His life through you. Then stop trying to, and start trusting Him to. He is Faithful.)
After you give yourself GRACE, you give yourself TRUTH.
Ocean waves are ever-changing. Yet, the deep water below stays smooth and consistent.
The deep ocean water is like God’s Word: true and unchanging.
While circumstances, thoughts, feelings, relationships, fashions and weather constantly change like the waves of the sea… truth never changes.
“How do I give myself truth?”
You tell yourself the truth.
TRUTH is your plumb line to find reality in a deceptive world! But you can’t tell yourself the truth if don’t remember the truth. So…
REMEMBER THE TRUTH!
If we sin, we must remember the TRUTH to guide us to, and keep us on, the right path:
1 Jn. 2:1 “But if anyone does sin, we have AN ADVOCATE with the Father, JESUS CHRIST the righteous.“ Jesus Christ is your personal attorney: full time, pre-paid, best friends with the Judge, knows all the ropes, wins every case. Sweet!
Whew! That takes the pressure off of you. If anyone can handle your case before the Father, it’s Jesus Christ! Slam dunk!
YOU TRUST CHRIST TO HANDLE YOUR CASE FOR YOU WHILE
YOU FOCUS ON STAYING IN THE YOKE
Remember, regardless of your behavior, you’re already in the light as the new nature. Your behavior is simply an indication of who or what you’re identifying with. Christ has already transferred you permanently into His kingdom of light. If you’re in Christ, the light is your home and reality now. He washed (past tense) you clean at salvation and says you are clean (Jn 13:10, 15:3). But as He said, your FEET are getting DIRTY (Jn 13:10) with the filth of this world. It’s everywhere and He knows it. The filth of this world is called sin.
One of the enemy’s highest priorities is to lure you into confusion about your identity. He lures you to identify with ANYTHING, just not Jesus Christ. All this begins IN YOUR MIND (Col. 1:21-22). And by RENEWING YOUR MIND (Eph. 4:23) and believing the truth, you will remember (Eph. 6:13) that your home is in the light. Then you will act as if your home is in the light… because it is.
FORGETFULNESS AND FAMILIAR SPIRITS
Good news! If you sin, you are still the new nature (2 Cor. 5:17)! In the sin situation, though, you have simply FORGOTTEN the truth of WHO you are. When you forget the truth, you’ve allowed familiar spirits to manipulate you. That’s their job.
Familiar spirits include guilt, unbelief, lust, shame, condemnation, depression, and so on. Keep in mind that the Holy Spirit never sends a spirit of guilt because Christ already paid for ALL of your guilt (1 Cor. 6:11 AMPC, Heb. 1:3 AMPC). He sends only conviction, sometimes with tears and brokenness.
Familiar spirits know intimately your history, your wounds, your temperament, your habits, your struggles.
- They hang around you waiting patiently, and in just the right circumstance, they pounce on your MIND and EMOTIONS tempting, urging, accusing, harassing, shaming and condemning you to keep you in bondage TO THEIR CONTROL.
- They want you to believe LIES that you ARE the old nature (lie!), that you can perform righteousness but that you failed at it (lie!), that God is now angry or disappointed in you (lie!), that there’s NO way out (lie!), and that you’re on your OWN now (lie!). All lies!!
- Step by cunning step, their ultimate goal is for you to AGREE with them.
All this and more. And they manipulate you to do what?
Rely on your flesh, your own understanding, your old patterns. You then walk independently of the Holy Spirit. Not good. What do you do then? You act out the lies they seduced you to believe. You think you know better than God does, don’t you? And such arrogance always precedes a fall (Prov. 16:18). Ouch.
In that deception of your mind, you walk in dead-end pathways that no longer fit your purpose as the glorious new creation. You have FORGOTTEN who you are, Who you belong to, Who already paid your sin debt in full, and Who has delivered to you everything you need to live a life pleasing to God and to yourself (2 Pet. 1:3).
MORE GRACE AND TRUTH
[Jesus Christ = Grace + Truth]
Your Forgiven State= GRACE
You, the New Nature= TRUTH
The Scripture tells us that Christ has already paid your sin debt in full at Calvary (Jn 19:30). “It is finished,” Christ announced.
“Okay. So, how does that work in all this?”
On the cross, Christ BECAME all of your sin. (What does “all” mean? It means ALL.)
All of your sin DIED with your old nature in Christ’s sin-laden body which was laid in the grave forever. This is grace!
When He resurrected, the sin remained dead in the grave, but His new spirit body raised up in new resurrection life. And you were with Him when He did! This is the same new resurrection life you carry as the new nature, a spirit being. That’s what the new nature is– the resurrection life of Christ within! This is truth!
Christ already BECAME the very sin you are struggling with at this moment! That is how it can’t be counted against you in the courts of heaven. He saw ahead and KNEW this sin issue would happen to you before you were ever born and has taken care of it for you! He took all the pressure and all the judgment and all the condemnation and all the punishment for you so you can focus on staying in the yoke. That’s your only job now.
It’s a fact. The old nature and all its sin is dead and buried (Rom. 6:6).
God says so. Period.
Conclusion….if all your sin is in the grave (it is) and your sin debt has been paid in full (it has) then you’ve merely forgotten who you are. Thus, what you must do is REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE. (Who you are in Christ is on this post right below the Scriptures, if you need a reminder.) Remembering who you are is turning the Light back on in your brain, otherwise known as, renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23).
Keep in mind that in this dimension, you face clever “smoke and mirror” shadows of the old nature in the deceptive form of cellular memories which are stored in your neurons, muscles, behavior patterns and thought patterns. These are NOT the old nature! They are mere shadows of the old nature (Rom. 7:17, 23)! Satan preys on these shadows and any underdeveloped areas in your character. He animates them as if they are you but they are not. He is a master at this deception and will lead you astray when you forget the truth. So that’s how the old nature is truly and factually crucified but can feel like it’s still there (Rom. 7).
The way Satan trips you up is by subtly and persistently persuading you to identify with the sin– instead of with Christ. He does this because he knows that your behavior will follow your identity. The minute you begin identifying with sin, you will move toward it and desire it and become one with it. The minute you start identifying with Christ, the sin loses its power, healing begins in your union with Christ and victory is already yours.
Identity is everything! If you sin, the root issue is that you mistakenly believed that the sin was who you were. Oops! At some level, you identified with the sin forgetting that you were the new creation in Christ who already has everything he needs. In that deception, you veered off course.
But alas! The LORD is always graciously recalculating your life in His will to work out everything for your good. So instead of condemning yourself, receive the reality of your forgiven status as the new nature, be teachable and learn from it. That’s the goal. Learn to identify with Christ overtime at every level and in every lesson. Wherever you fail to identify with Christ, sin issues will arise. And that’s okay. That’s how we learn. It’s a lifetime of learning. Overcoming sin issues is how we are conformed to His image. Sin issues are simply opportunities for growth.
I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands. Psalm 119:76
“Okay. I get it. But I need a procedure of GRACE and TRUTH if I sin.”
Of course! I thought you’d never ask.
Well, since God says your sin is already paid for in full, (Jn 19:30) thank Him for that!
Then take Steps 1-10 (below), a counter-intuitive (your intuition is broken from the Fall), Biblical protocol that leads to freedom. And no, it’s it’s not walking by sight and asking Christ in unbelief to do what He’s already done (Jn. 19:30) Instead…you walk BY FAITH!
IF I SIN: STEPS 1 – 10
1) MAKE THREE CONFESSIONS (A, B, C)
A. Confess sin to yourself to break denial (Eph. 4:15) of the problem.
B. Confess sin to God for mercy and help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). As a sincere follower of Christ, you are already completely forgiven!
You may feel “driven to beg” for forgiveness if you are Catholic or believe that…
- There is a separation between you and Him (Rom. 8:38-39; Heb. 13:5) because of it.
- You have ceased to be the new nature (2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24) now
- You believe that can remove your own sin (Heb. 9:22b; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5, 1 Jn. 1:8)
- He doesn’t know all the ins and outs of your sin problem (Ps. 139:1-4)
- He hasn’t already paid for that sin (Jn. 19:30)
- He has no compassion for you in the situation (Heb. 4:15,16)
- He holds the sin against you with condemnation (Rom. 8:1), guilt (1 Cor. 6:11, Heb. 1:3 AMPC) or accusation (Rom. 8:33 NLT).
- You refuse to receive His promised grace and mercy in time of need (Heb. 4:15-16)
- Self, pride, ego, and performance hold you hostage (Eph. 2:8; Heb. 12:1-2, Rom. 7:19)
- He cannot relate to you (Heb. 4:15,16) in your particular situation
[If you “use” 1 Jn 1:8-9 as a Catholic confessional booth, then use the verses in proper context:
1 John 1:8 is a salvation related verse. Literal Greek: “If we claim to be righteous in and of ourselves, then we deceive ourselves…” This verse addresses the Gnostics who claimed to “be without sin” because they claimed there was no such thing as original sin, thus they thought they had no need to confess it. They claimed to have a righteousness of their own. Christians never claim to have been without original sin and know they have no righteousness of their own. That’s why they need a Savior.
1 John 1:9 is a salvation verse. Literal Greek: “If we have confessed our sins (at any time in life), He is faithful and righteous to have forgiven us our sins and to have cleansed us from all unrighteousness.” FYI Your 100% lifetime forgiveness and 100% lifetime cleansing were completed in totality over 2000 years ago at Calvary.]
C. Confess sin to a confidant to break isolation and receive healing (Js. 5:16).
When your feet get dirty, get your feet washed (Jn. 13:10)! CONFESS your sin to a confidential member of the body right away and get prayer for HEALING. James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins TO ONE ANOTHER and pray for one another SO THAT you may be HEALED.” Do you want to heal from the sin so you can leave it behind you? Of course you do! Then expose your dirty feet for washing. It works! Why would anyone want to keep dirty feet? Yuk!
Just as the human body is designed to heal itself, the body of Christ is designed to heal itself. Obey this command regularly and stay connected with one or more prayer partners until the situation improves. [OR you may choose to operate as a secretive and independent member of the body which the Scripture says we cannot do (Rom. 12:5). Then you will reap what you sow staying stuck in the muck of your sin.]
Repeat confidential confession as often as necessary. As always, get professional help for your issue if it is serious or fails to improve over time.
2) SUBMIT AND RESIST James 4:7 says, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The safest place to be in the world is submitted to God. When you submit to God and resist, in His time God takes care of the situation for you in causing the enemy to flee. But you must first line yourself up with the Lord by submitting to Him. And you must also realize that the pain you are experiencing is good pain or growing pains. It is God, the Good Potter, reforming you, the broken clay (Jer. 18:4; Is. 45:9) into His image. It never feels good. But endurance is what a good soldier learns to develop (2 Tim. 2:3).
The truth is that the LORD has great compassion for you in the sin situation because He can totally relate (Heb.4:15-16)! He was tempted just as you were and knew you would struggle with this before He formed you in the womb. He is using this to conform you to His image. He also knows it’s harming you; that’s why He agrees with you that He doesn’t like it either. Submit to Him and He will show you a better way.
Remember that God’s grace clearly teaches you to say “no” to sin (Titus 2:12). And, remember that the Law brings guilt, shame and condemnation down on your head which triggers more sin entanglement (Rom. 7). On the contrary, God’s kindness leads you to repentance (Rom. 2:4). Receive His grace and kindness (Col. 2:6) to save you from your body of death (Rom. 7:24-25).
Sometimes it’s a seasonal or temporary sin struggle. Other times it’s necessary to remove yourself from the environment, but listen to the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of confidants for your particular situation. With the process of submission and resistance, the support of others will strengthen you to be able to submit and resist. Get a support group, a sponsor, a prayer partner or accountability partner. Two are better than one (Eccl. 4:9) and a three-strand cord is not easily broken (Eccl. 4:12)
The deeper down into the heart the sin issue originates, the more support you will need and the longer it may take to totally defeat. But defeat it you can for sure because God is on your side! With Him ALL things are possible.
3) POUR OUT YOUR HEART TO GOD Psalm 62:8 tells you to pour out your heart to the Lord. Pour out the depths of your broken heart to Him in raw honesty and complete vulnerability. No masks. No games. No holding back. The more deeply truthful you are with Him, the more He will honor you in that. He is the God of truth. He is pleased with your courage to trust Him in opening up with your raw truth. In that, you are opening up to allow Him to help you with it.
With tears, allow your heart to grieve and release as a loss (Phil. 3:8) the sin entanglement. You must face the reality of the situation, let it go, and put it behind you.
This process may reveal whatever is below the surface feeding it (such as childhood wounds, dissatisfaction, disillusionment, lusts of the world, fear of facing your situation and following God’s calling in it, feeling overwhelmed, and so on).
When the root issue is revealed, simply deal with it as God leads you. Ask Him to help you find a suitable and healing substitute for the sin. Pray for red flags ahead of sin issues so you can detour and deal with the underlying issue. Don’t be shy about reaching out for help if need be.
4) AGREE WITH GOD Amos 3:3 says you can’t walk with Christ if you don’t agree with Him. Agree with Him that He has already paid for your sin in full. Thank Him for the Sacrifice for you! Agree with Him that you are the new nature, but that you FORGOT who you are. This is His victory to you. Take it!
Ask Him to help you remember who you are! Meditate on that regularly. Tell yourself the truth in front of the mirror! Once you remember (Eph. 4:23) that you are the new nature, alas, you’re back in your right mind again (Luke 15:17a). In this Scripturally accurate reality, the healing and growth will come more easily.
5) REPARATIONS Romans 13:10 tells us that love does no harm to a neighbor. Go make reparations or apologies for any wrong you have done to another. This includes sinning against yourself (Matt. 22:39). Forgive others. And forgive yourself. Apologize to the LORD if you’ve grieved or quenched His Spirit. Thank Him for forgiving you at Calvary.
6) Renew your mind (Eph. 4:23). daily, or hourly, if necessary. Renewal and meditation on His Word will transform your mind in the area of your struggle. You can never, ever renew your mind too much! In this, you replace destructive lies with God’s truth. Also, remember you are not alone in this struggle. Saints all over the world are struggling with the same issue (1 Cor. 10:13). Take comfort in God’s overarching divine purposes in the sanctification process. Join a support group to strengthen yourself and heal more quickly.
I’m reminded of an alcoholic who wanted deliverance from alcoholism so badly that he attended seven (!) Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every day. Why? Because while he attended all those mind-renewing meetings throughout the day, there was no time left to even think about drinking… How badly do you want deliverance?
7) IDENTIFY WITH CHRIST Learning to focus on and identify with Christ is critical. He created you, adores you, has given you new life, has rescued from the jaws of hell, has the perfect plan for you and your life, and is lovingly conforming you to His wonderful image. Wherever you identify with Christ, your behavior there will follow. You are designed to get all of your identity from Christ alone. Wherever you identify with something else, there will be problems. When you identify elsewhere, you are trying to force a round peg in square hole. It just doesn’t work no matter how you strain. Don’t waste your time.
In this goal of progressive comprehensive identification, submitting to God will come more naturally, as will resisting. Ask God to teach you how to get free from from the sin, however that may work in your situation. BUT you must always FOCUS on and IDENTIFY with CHRIST, not the sin. Look where you want to go! Worshiping Him throughout the day helps tremendously with your focus and identity. Very important to give yourself grace, truth and time in this process.
8) CONFORMITY Matthew 11:28-30 says when you take His yoke, you are conformed to His image. Agree to take His yoke daily to be conformed to His image. Release anything He instructs you to and receive every single thing He instructs you to. He knows all about the sin (Jn. 18:4a) because He became that very sin and does not hold it against you (Rom. 4:15b). He has great compassion for you and desires to HELP you (2 Pet. 2:9a, Heb 4:15,16) and GROW you up in His grace and knowledge. Living His yoke, you’re allowing Him to do just that. As you abide in Him, you will also find rest and ease. In His yoke, thank Him for the opportunity to know Him better and for conforming you to His image.
9) CAST OUT Matthew 10:1 says you have authority to cast out unclean spirits. Take your God-given authority and by name, out loud, renounce, bind, and cast out each unclean spirit that harasses you. Then thank God. Stand your ground. Pray over your home and family. Summon prayer partners to join you in this if necessary.
Step 9 is vital because these particular spirits want you UNDER THEIR CONTROL, not Christ’s leading (Eph. 6:12, Js. 4:7). Flesh, ego, self-will and repeated rituals never defeat sin. If they did, we wouldn’t need a Savior! Grace and truth (Jn 1:14), with James 5:16, triumph over sin every time. The Scripture guarantees it.
A sample prayer for Step 9:
“In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind and renounce the spirits of __________ (guilt/shame/condemnation/lust…) and cast you out of my life! You have no authority here. Get out! Christ has paid for my sin in full and I will no longer listen to your lies. I pray the blood of Jesus Christ over my mind, heart, soul, life, home, family and daily activities…Holy Spirit, I ask you to come into these vacant places in my soul and abide there forever. Teach me Your ways.
And 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, ‘For MY sake God made Christ to be MY sin who knew no sin, so that in him I might become the righteousness of God.’ Lord, I trust Your Word that you have paid for my sin in full and by faith I receive your righteousness as my own…because it is certain that I have absolutely none! I trust that through this sin struggle you are teaching me to depend on and identify with You and not myself, and to walk by faith, not by sight. I trust that You are conforming me to Your image. Thank you for that, LORD. Amen.'”
You’re the boss of every unclean and lying spirit. Do not allow them in your life or in your family. Take authority as necessary until things settle down. Then, remain watchful, discerning and prayerful.
10) REMEMBER THE BIG PICTURE! GIVE THANKS! IN and FOR all things, Scripture tells you to give thanks (1 Thes. 5:18, Eph. 5:20). That includes, yes, this very situation! Christ knew this would happen and is walking through this with you! He has allowed and arranged this lesson to grow you up overtime in the grace and knowledge of Christ. During trouble, thanksgiving escorts you into His gates (Ps. 100:4) at a time when you need Him the most!
Thank the Lord for this particular circumstance that He has purposefully arranged for you to grow more
on Him (Phil. 3:8). You are a branch learning to rely on the Vine, NOT your own resources. When God turns up the heat, don’t fight Him, don’t fight yourself; let yourself melt into His arms as the helpless clay that you are (Jer. 18:4; Is. 45:9). Reliance on the Vine is a painful and time-consuming process for stubborn branches to learn.
Give thanks to God that your sin is eternally “paid in full” already (Jn. 19:30) yes–even amidst the struggle of it! Take sincere relief in that! Obey the Scripture and let your sin burden roll off of you and onto Him, the Burden Bearer (1 Pet. 5:7). Release it to Him for healing and believe His truth. Remember you’re not walking by sight, but by FAITH (2 Cor. 5:7). And your faith is, NOT in yourself but in HIM.
The Scripture doesn’t tell us to “manage” our sin issues. It tells us to “rid ourselves” of them (Col. 3:8; Eph. 4:31). Thus, I have just given you the tools you need to rid yourselves of your sinful behaviors, one at a time.
Now, your job is to put Steps 1-10 to work prayerfully and persistently as the Holy Spirit leads you. You must not only hear but DO what the Scripture says to walk out of the sinful behaviors (Js. 5:16; Js. 4:7; Eph. 4:23). As you do, watch as they, one by one, fall by the wayside. In His perfect timing, God will reward your diligent efforts of obedience in your pursuit of Him and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). If you need any reassurance or encouragement in this endeavor, I am a living proof guinea pig in this application and healing from deep complex trauma.
In your Advocate, Jesus Christ, God has already handled your sin issue perfectly by having forgiven and cleansed you permanently at salvation (Rom. 5:10a). He has also given you the command for healing (Js. 5:16) and the tools to rid yourself of sinful habits and unclean spirits. Obey the command (Js. 5:16) and use the tools. He is on your side in this and you have His ultimate authority.
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Js. 4:7). If the enemy knows you will tolerate him at any level, he will harass you there. So if you sin, apply Steps 1-10 as the Holy Spirit leads you.
As you maintain these principles over time, the enemy will flee. God says so.
I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands. Psalm 119:76
WHO I AM IN CHRIST (below)
1 John 2:1 But IF anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 1:8 is a related salvation verse. Literal Greek: “If we claim to be righteous in and of ourselves, then we deceive ourselves…” This verse addresses the Gnostics who claimed to “be without sin” because they claimed there was no such thing as original sin, thus they thought they had no need to repent of it. They claimed to have a righteousness of their own. Christians never claim to have been without original sin and know they have no righteousness of their own. That’s why they need a Savior.
1 John 1:9 is a salvation verse, but if you’re stuck on using it for confession, at least use it in context. Literal Greek: “If we have confessed our sins (at any time in life), He is faithful and righteous to have forgiven us our sins and to have cleansed us from all unrighteousness.” FYI Your 100% lifetime forgiveness and 100% lifetime cleansing were completed in totality over 2000 years ago at Calvary.
Psalm 139:1-4 O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my way. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence
John 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
James 5:16 Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed.
Romans 5:10a For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son,
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Romans 8:33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one–for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 7:17 However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 7:19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
Luke 18:19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.
John 13:10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean,
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Titus 2:12 [The grace of God] teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
Ephesians 2:8,9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.
Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God
Colossians 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
Hebrews 9:22b For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
John 18:4a Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him
Romans 4:15b And where there is no law there is no transgression.
2 Peter 2:9a if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials
Romans 12:5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 7:24-25 Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;“
Luke 15:17a When he came to his senses…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Amos 3:3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us, therefore, draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Colossians 3:8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Matthew 22:29 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Matthew 10:1 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority and power over unclean spirits, to cast them out,
Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him who strives with his Maker!—a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are making? or, Your work has no handles?