I heard this simple illustration on The 7 Steps of Sin and I thought it provided a very succinct understanding of how sin operates on the flesh. Sin can impact many things in our lives adversely. It can ruin reputations. It impacts our personal witness when we continue in it. It can cause one to suffer financial loss. It can severely damage relationships. It can impact a person's legacy. It can destroy a person from the inside out. It can make us feel distant from God. None of these sound good at all.
How sin works:
THE 7 STEPS OF SIN
1. Entrance of a thought
2. Entertainment of the thought - mulling over it
3. Examination of the thought- How to get away with it.
4. Enjoyment of the thought - Bonding to it. Fantasizing about it.
5. Experience what was a thought - doing the sin.
6. Excusing the sin - justification for the act.
7. Enveloped by the sin - trapped in the sin.
None of us has a natural immunity to sin. We are all capable of sinful acts. The carnal nature of our fallen flesh is just that way. This flesh that we are in now will never make it to heaven. We are not spiritual Supermen and Superwomen on our own. It is by obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit that we live the life of a believer.
The antidote to sin is to be filled with the Word of Truth. Build up your spiritual immune system to sin with the Word of God.
Between steps 1 and 2, we are to apply 2nd Corinthians 10:5. Yet, you must have the Word of God in you to bring a thought into captivity. It sounds simple enough but it is a spiritual application that must reside within us during our daily living. We are confronted with opportunities to sin in our everyday journeys. You must identify the thought as sin by measuring it against the Word of God. The follow through is to keep putting the Word on the throne of your life against that thought.
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJVS
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The practical application in having victory over the thought life is also given to us in Hebrews 4:12.
Hebrews 4:12 KJVS
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
It is about knowing how to use the Word of God to test our own thoughts and intentions. Are our motives aligned with the Word?
We can only fight the good fight of faith by being fill with The Word. The Word that is Spirit and Truth.
Have a blessed day!