Did you know that Jesus paid the price for you to be free of the desire to sin? That means you can get rid of the desire to sin. Easily.
I've been talking to some folks lately who have been struggling with sin of various kinds. They earnestly desire to walk in purity before the Lord. They don't want to sin, at all, ever. They love Jesus and desire to seek Him.
But sometimes actually walking in holiness doesn't happen. Sometimes people want to get rid of the desire to sin, but they struggle to actually do it.
Does this sound familiar? It should. I think we all struggle with this to some degree, and we're not alone if we do. This is what the Apostle Paul wrote about from his personal experience. He described his conundrum by saying:
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do” (Romans 7:14-15).
But you know what? The good news is:
Jesus Christ paid the price for you to be free from sin AND from even the desire to sin. Here's how:
Isaiah 53:5 tells us that Jesus was bruised–He bled on the inside of His body–for our inner tendency to sin. This passage says:
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
“Iniquity” is not the same as sin. Sin is the evil actually committed. Iniquity is the inner tendency to sin. It's the root, the perverseness, the evil tendency on the inside that produces sin on the outside. Iniquity is the thing on the inside that gives you the desire to sin:
- It's the rage on the inside that you feel before lashing out in anger on the outside.
- It's the lust on the inside that you give in to before you sin by watching pornography.
- It's the desire, the inclination, the bent toward sin that nobody might even sees … but God sees. And that iniquity is wrecking your life.
But Jesus Christ was bruised–He bled on the inside of His body–so that all that INSIDE stuff you struggle with could be healed.
Jesus' internal bleeding paid the price for the iniquity in us–that inner tendency to sin–to be removed.
- Jesus' sacrifice sets you free from inner perversion.
- It sets you free from the desire to sin.
- And instead of being filled with iniquity and the desire to sin, Jesus made the way for you to be filled with righteousness, peace, and joy through the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:14).
Jesus paid the price completely. And now, in Christ, you ARE free from iniquity. You ARE free from the desire to sin.
So are you ready to walk in that?
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Here's how to get rid of your desire to sin:
1. Believe in the name of Jesus. Believe that He shed His blood so you could be free from iniquity.
It really is as simple as believing on the name of Jesus. When Peter and John healed the man at the Gate Beautiful, they didn't take him through a 10-step program. No; it was FAITH in the name of Jesus that healed the man:
And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:16).
Just like faith in the name of Jesus healed the crippled man, so YOUR faith in the name of Jesus and in all He has done for you frees you from iniquity.
And after you believe in the name of Jesus for freedom from iniquity…
2. Keep on believing in Jesus. Fill up your mind, body, soul, and spirit with Jesus Christ.
Don't just leave yourself an empty vacuum. If you're going to walk in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, you must be continually FILLED with the Spirit of Jesus. You must continue to believe on His name–actively. Galatians 5:16 tells us:
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
So to walk in power and victory every day, you simply replace the old iniquity with the good thing: Jesus Christ and His Word. You continue to have faith in His name by looking at Him every day.
And if you will continue to actively look at Jesus…
Just like your old iniquity fueled your sin, so now Jesus Christ will fuel your holiness.
“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John the Baptist really was onto something. He actually preached the Gospel in that one proclamation. The removal of sin and iniquity occurs in actively beholding the Lamb of God, and believing that He takes away your sin.
So fill yourself with Jesus Christ. Look to Him and live.
“Well, that sounds too easy,” you say.
It is easy. Jesus Christ didn't die on the cross for you to have a complicated solution. Jesus Christ died on the cross for one reason: so you could simply look to Him and live.
He died so you could be free:
- Completely forgiven;
- Completely healed;
- Completely delivered.
Jesus paid the price with His blood for you to be completely free. If you believe on His name, you don't have to keep sinning a million times, a thousand times, or even one more time. You don't have to sin, ever again. You are free from bondage to sin, and you can be free from the desire to sin.
All you have to do is look to Him, and live.
Just continue to look at Jesus and have faith in His name.
If you will look at Jesus, and continue in faith in His name, He will remove your iniquity and you will be filled with His righteousness instead. It really is as simple as that.
Second Corinthians 5:21 tells us that WHO WE ARE is the righteousness of God in Christ:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
See, Jesus Christ is the Solution to the entirety of your sin problem. He has changed your DNA to make you THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.
But to act this out every day, it's not enough to accept Him as your Savior and then go your merry way, doing your own thing and ignoring Him the rest of the time. No. It is through faith in His name that you are cleansed and made whole, but that faith is not a one-time occurrence. You must continue to fill yourself up with Jesus Christ: with His Person, with His Word, with vision of His beauty.
That's why the Bible tells us that we have to work God's righteousness out of us–we have to bring it from the inside to the outside through our daily choices:
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…” (Philippians 2:12).
You must fill yourself up with the Fuel that drives holiness: Jesus Christ. You must look at Him continually to live.
And if you will look at Him, and fill up on Him DAILY–eating the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, the Word of God continually–then you will develop such a magnificent obsession with Jesus that everything else pales in comparison.
- Pornography will hold no more appeal. You'll walk in purity instead.
- Lying will hold no more appeal. You'll walk in truth and integrity instead.
- Fornication will have no more appeal. You'll walk in purity instead.
- Drugs will hold no more appeal. You'll walk in power, love, a sound mind, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
- Anger and rage will have no more appeal. You'll be filled with love instead.
- Bitterness and unforgiveness will flee away, giving place to a broken and contrite heart that God will not despise (Psalm 51:17).
Whatever your sin problem looks like, Jesus Christ is the Solution.
And when you stare at Him–when you let your entire horizon become eclipsed by Jesus, Jesus, and nothing else but Jesus–your life will demonstrate that Divine Solution. Jesus Christ will be the center of everything in your life.
All you have to do is look at Him and live.
Beloved friend, the choice is yours. It is up to you. Will you choose to look at Jesus today, so you can live?
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