If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
The Bible tells us very clearly that there is no person who is sinless. We look at those around us and can’t see them noticeably struggling with sin, and we feel badly because we know that we are struggling.
A lot of us feel trapped and unable to overcome in areas of sin in our lives, and we’ve let these areas takeover but in a very private way. Even our best friends would be surprised to hear of these specific sins, and because we know they would judge us if they knew, we carefully hide them away.
I heard this illustration on the radio about sin. There are two young men who are invited to wrestle with a giant. One of them looks at the giant and gives up without even trying because he knows he can’t win. The other one, looks at the giant and knows he can’t defeat him, but decides to take him on anyway. After a huge struggle, he falls down. The next day, he tries again with the same results. He keeps fighting the giant every day, and every day he loses. After a while, he notices that his muscles are getting stronger. Why? Because he fought.
The fact is that the struggle develops your muscles, and one day you will be able to overcome the giant sin in your life that once seemed impossible to beat. The one who gave up without trying? He’ll never overcome it. There are sins in your life that probably seem too big for you to be able to overcome, but determine to fight it. You will probably lose the battle many times. But every time you struggle against it, you will build up strength. And a day will come when you will be able to overcome it. Don’t give up. Keep fighting. Ask God to give you a hatred towards the sin in your life. Ask Him to give you the strength to submit this area of your life to the Holy Spirit and God will give you the victory.
We make excuses for the sins in our lives. These sins aren’t hurting anybody, are they? Yes, not only are they hurting others, they are most definitely hurting you. The Bible tells us that sin has consequences. Understand that your sin is serious.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap..” (Galatians 6:7)
You can’t plant an apple tree and expect to get mangos. Just like that, you can’t “plant” sin and not expect to reap what you sow. Spurgeon once compared secret sin to a hidden pet dog. When you open the door of your house, he’ll escape into the street. You can try to chase him down and quiet him, but he barks and eventually everyone will know about him. Does this make sense to you? You can’t contain your secret sin forever. Eventually it will get out and bark, and the consequences will affect both you and the people closest to you.
“Be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)
Continuing to sin because you feel like you’re only hurting yourself is like taking a blade and cutting your hand. You’re not hurting anyone else, right? Should you do it? No, you shouldn’t. What you don’t realize is that the more you give into your secret sin life, you’re harming yourself in a way that you can’t see. When we’re caught up in a sin, it’s impossible to see how that sin is progressively harming us. If we could see it, we’d give it up. If we cut our hand over and over again, we’re able to see it and that’s why we don’t usually get caught up in such things. Even though your hand will keep healing, the use of it will eventually be affected. It’s a much more serious thing to be caught up in a sin that affects you internally.
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” (Luke 8:17)
Many of us have this one “big” sin in our lives that we are constantly worried about, but the Bible refers to the problem of sin as a whole. Ask the Lord to reveal all areas of sin in your life, and deal with each area. Start with areas of sin that you are able to handle head on, and work your way towards areas that seem too big to fight. When you start getting victory over the “small” sins, you will have the strength to handle the “big” sins as well. Look at sin as a whole. The Bible says “sin shall not have dominion over you.” Don’t try to only have victory over one area of sin in your life, but look at it as a whole and ask the Lord to help you overcome it in its totality.
If you are struggling against sin today, I encourage you to continue struggling against it. It may seem undefeatable, but keep battling it. The Lord is on your side, and you will overcome it. In the meantime, your character is being built up. Do not continue to hide your sin. Don’t harbor that sin, hidden deep in your heart. It will affect your family, your spiritual inheritance, and your purpose in life.
It is not necessary to confess your sins to anyone else, but be willing to get real with God about your secret sins and struggles. There is no sin worth broken fellowship with your Heavenly Father. Forgiveness is free for you, but there’s a tremendous price that was paid for you to be forgiven.