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I had reached a point after decades of struggling with this sin where I had just resigned myself to this being part of who I am. I honestly figured I would just struggle with this sin for the rest of my life - I would take it to my grave. For me, freedom came through Christopher West's teaching on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. The MP3 version ...


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When you fight against sin you rely on your own strength. When we rely on our own strength we turn away from Christ. Instead we should focus on turning towards Christ. Basically when you fight sin you focus on the sin instead of Christ. This explains why the more you fight it, the stronger it gets. Instead focus on what you want. Man cannot serve two ...


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I think Paul said it best, "Flee from sexual immorality." (1 Corinthians 6:18) I understand this, and Jesus' comments about cutting off hands (Matthew 5:30, 18:8, etc.), to mean, "Take whatever steps you need to get away from temptation!" In other words, you won't make it on will power. You need to get away from temptation. Wth respect to pornography, that ...


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The book of 1 John explicitly makes the case that loving Jesus, and by extension loving others, is the fundamental sine qua non of a Christian life. In chapter 4, John writes: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is ...


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Justification - being declared perfect, a single act of Grace by God to the repentant sinner Sanctification - the process of being made perfect, a day by day activity of God and the Christian working in partnership Glorification - becoming perfect, the moment when the struggle is over, heaven is entered and God completes his masterpiece: You. Relevant ...


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If cutting off a body part will stop your sinning, then you should do it. But will that really work? No! The sin is not the fact that you have a hand, which allows you to masturbate. The sin is that you are lusting after women. "In my opinion it's very likely that masturbation is a sin that leads to death." Before you start making judgements on ...


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The word "sanctification" derives from the Latin noun "sanctificio". This original Latin word means "to separate and set aside" (source--using the WayBack Machine). To me, this rings of Isreal being set aside as God's holy people. (As seen in Deut. 7:6-8 and Leviticus 20:26) Also, it seems to reverberate in the New Testament with Jesus' words in the ...


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Unfortunately, I can't say it any better than an article I found. Source Wesley believed that Christ's death on the cross made it possible not only for sinners to be saved by grace, but, indeed, for them to be saved to the uttermost. Entire sanctification was restoration to the image of God, being made perfect in love toward God and neighbor. ...


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First, remember that God is the one who created our bodies the way they are. The desires of the flesh are there for a reason. Without hunger we could easily starve to death, for example. And if you were to really analyze it dispassionately, the act of sexual intercourse is kinda slimy and gross. Without the sex drive in place being both strong (to attract ...


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There are good answers already listed here, but I wanted to add a comment. The putting off of the old self is only half the equation... or maybe even less than half. We are not transformed by determination or self effort, but by the renewing of our minds. Abiding in Christ--in His presence--is the key, I believe. Luke 6:45 says, "The good man brings good ...


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In the Eastern Tradition, we are told the following: Lust starts with thoughts These thoughts should not in any case even be entertained, they must be ignored If they are entertained, one must do things to counteract the effects of them Primary in this process is confession (which should be to God in the presence of a confessor) and praying for the grace ...


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Apologize for he length, the question is so good that I am answering not just for you but digging up worthy references for myself. A good place to start for an evangelical answer is with two evangelical theologians famous for having an acute sense of the sinfulness of man and the nature of God's grace in the Christian. John Owen and Jonathan Edwards both ...


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What can keep him calm? The ninth blessing: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. You should be happy when you are persecuted for ...


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Of course, nothing holds true for what all Baptists believe, but according to the theology taught in our Church, there is a distinction between what we are and what we do, or at least, what we currently are doing. It is upon that distinction that this question can be answered. From our understanding of the doctrine of original sin, it teaches that we are ...


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Most Wesleyan/Holiness denominations teach that it is at least theoretically possible. This would include Methodists, Wesleyans, Nazarenes, and the Salvation Army, as well as most churches that have "holiness" in their name. This doctrine is known as Christian Perfection or Entire Sanctification (depending on the denomination) and was outlined by John ...


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This answer is probably close to the Lutheran teaching. Accept that there's no way to succeed. The thing is, while we are already saved, we still fall. We are 100% holy because God has granted us righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, yet at the same time we're 100% sinners. (Romans 7:15-25) Accept that you will not win sin. Christ already has done ...


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I chose what I think. I stay away from places where I get tempted easily. Whenever a lustful desire comes up from my nature (my flesh), I deny it and I resist it and pray to God that He will help me not to give in to the temptation: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted ...


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First, I want to be clear that perfectionism doesn't mean being perfect as in without error. So committing a sin, such as adultery, doesn't "remove" perfectionism. Perfectionism, in the Wesleyan sense, essentially means making up your mind to do your absolute best to keep the first two commandments: love god with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and ...


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Sanctification is a word that has multiple meanings within Christianity. To answer your question we need to examine the definitions, and the teachings of the various groups. One definition (the more "ordinary" one) of Sanctify is "to set apart". A person or object can be sanctified (set apart) for a particular purpose. From ...


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In Romans Paul clearly states that Christians are free from the POWER of sin. Not sin. That is because when Jesus died on the cross, salvation became possible for all, simply through faith. A person is called to faith by the Holy Spirit. Once called, as in Gal. 2:20, 'you' 'die.' "For i have died, and now Christ lives within me. We are of two parts: flesh ...


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Paul is speaking to believers who have been exposed to the teachings of the church, which is that selfishness and greed is sin: Luke 16:13-17 NET No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” The Pharisees (who loved money) ...


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According to a reformed position it is the duty of every believer to yield inwardly, under the covenant of grace, to the work of the Spirit, in order to put to death our remaining sinful desires. That this work is never ending, personal and intense, like men wrestling against the smell, sweat, and struggling power of two 'wrestlers' within us, is everywhere ...


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I am stuggling with this too. This feeling is natural. God created you with this drive. Here the Theology of the Body helped me too. Learn to accept this feeling, channel it towards productive things. You do not have to act on those thoughts (2. Cor 10:5). They are just there. You think you have to, but God gives you a spirit of power (2. Tim 1:7) Just try ...


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It has to do with understanding strongholds..... 2 Corinthians 10:4, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds." John 8:34 ESV, Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. For the first time ever in human history we have easy ...


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A lot of the time we get so focused on the negative that we end up reinforcing it. Instead we should look to Christ and focus on the positive around us. I like Paul's council in Philippians 4:8 where he teaches us to dwell on the virtuous things in life. Memorize scripture Memorize hymns Be busy serving others Be busy learning Really pray, commune, and ...


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Hi, my name is Chris, and I am an addict. It has been [n] months since I last used... Seriously though. There are a couple of things which really helped me. These are three general tools which really helped: Make sure you do not have any latent psychological issues. This is overly simple, but it is really important. I recently adjusted my bipolar meds ...



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