No, you can’t play around with sin. You can’t leave room for it in your life at all.

Give sin and inch and it will take a mile. A marriage. A career. A ministry. Sin will go the distance and take your life.

Jesus addressed this in rather extreme, harsh terms in his sermon on the mount.

If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Matthew 5:29-30 NIV

Jesus wasn’t being literal. He was speaking in hyperbole, but his point is strong. When sin tries to trap you, take radical action.

In talking with men who want to overcome addictions or repeating sinful behaviors, it’s so common to encounter a seriousness when it comes to wanting forgiveness for what has already been committed, but a half-hearted approach to the prevention of recurrence.

I had an affair. That’s over, but I can still be friends with her, right?

No. Cut it off.

I looked at porn habitually, but I can still browse the web without any filtering or accountability, right?

No. Cut it off.

I got a little drunk almost every night, but I can still have a beer with the boys now and then, right?

No. Cut it off.

When you have a relationship with idols, destroy them completely.

Crush the curse.

Slay the dragon.

Get help. Become accountable. Talk to your spouse, a counselor, a coach, a mentor, or whomever you trust the most to give you both truth and grace.

No compromise. Nothing that is left of your old sinful tendencies has any power over you, thanks to the work of Christ on the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. But it’s up to you, the warrior, to guard against any potential re-entry of sin into your world.

Don’t misunderstand. This isn’t a matter of being perfect in order to please God or earn his favor. This isn’t about controlling your behavior by your own willpower or performing your way out of an unhealthy pattern.

You’re a Son (or daughter) of his house entirely by grace from the very moment you follow the King.

This is a matter of realizing who you now are, what you’re now capable of, and growing up into the new clothes God has given you.

I believe that great blessings lie on the other side of the curse that needs crushed in your life!

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