I’m currently reading a book by D. R. Silva called How To Overcome Sin: A Practical Guide To Freedom, and on top of that I just recently read the re-launched booklet by my pal and frequent podcast guest, Dave Edwards called Radical Purity: Simple Steps to Protect a Pure Lifestyle. Dave let me read it so as to endorse it, which I do. I am liking Silva’s book as well, but I’ve not finished it yet to provide a real opinion of it just yet, but it’s good so far.
Both of these books come at the matter from completely different angles but seem to end up in the same place in that the only way we’ll over come sin or live a radically pure lifestyle is through mind renewal. Once we understand who we are. For this reason if you’re having a difficult time overcoming a secret (or public) sin, I think these books will provide you sufficient ammunition for your mind renewal.
Also, a few years ago I wrote the following in my journal. Instead of copying and pasting what I shared on Facebook last week, I’m just going to embed the post here. I don’t normally like embedding from Facebook and Google+ because it doesn’t look good for users of mobile devices with smaller screens, but if you’re on a tablet or computer you won’t mind.
It should be noted that the context I received that in was recently after stumbling in an area of my life that I was grieved over. My advice in that post is geared specifically to the believer struggling with overcoming something. Our tendency when we know we’ve offended the Lord can very easily be to avoid Him rather than going to Him.
If you’ve tried repenting for something for thousands of times but still don’t have victory, never sense that God is tired of you repenting and you’ve reached the end of your grace rope.
Repentance is a change of mind, and I believe these works by my brothers and fellow co-labourers will help you in your mind renewal process. Changing your mind will result in a change of behaviour.