Intentional Christian Living (Part 2)

A few months ago the Lord was working in my heart about being more intentional in my walk with Him. Through Scripture and books I was reading at the time God really helped me see that the Christian life is an intentional pursuit. I started a series of posts called “Intentional Christian Living” and posted part one here. In that post I said I wanted to talk about being intentional in three areas: fighting sin, giving to the poor, and prayer life. In this second part of this series of post I want to talk about being intentional in our fight against sin.

This past year I was talking to one of my good friends about his struggle with sin. I was encouraging him to fight the sin and not just allow himself to get into the habit of committing this certain sin. I gave him the following example: When a boxer goes into the ring to fight, does he wait until his opponent starts to throw punches and then he starts fighting? NO! A boxer gets in the ring for one reason, to win the fight. He is not going to waste time and let his opponent beat him up before he starts fighting back. He throws punches, he gets into the fight, he gets in the ring to win.

As believers, we often allow sin to beat us up and then we want to pray and fight back, but by then the sin has already entangled us and we feel defeated. I have good new, God has already won the battle against sin and has given us everything we need to fight sin practically in our life’s! Don’t wait until sin has entangled you before you start fighting, intentionally fight the sin the moment it raises its ugly head in your life. Everyone knows we are in a fight with sin. Everyone understands what it’s like to get in the cage with a sin that “owns” you and find yourself face down on the mat, time and time again. There is no question sin is a very tough and incredibly strong opponent. Yancey Arrington said this, “Everyone knows we are in a fight with sin. Everyone understands what it’s like to get in the cage with a sin that “owns” you and find yourself face down on the mat, time and time again. There is no question sin is a very tough and incredibly strong opponent.” If you are a believer, you know this feeling.

In closing think about this. Jesus overcame temptation using two things: power from the Spirit and Scripture. Why did he just use those? He wanted to use the two means that we have today as an example for us. We too, can intentionally fight sin by the power of the Holy Spirit and by Scripture.

Additional Resources: Fight Sin Well blog post from Resurgence, Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, and Mortification of Sin by John Owen.

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Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University in Christian Ministries with a student ministries focus. He also has Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball & golf, spending time with his wife, and sharing the Gospel with students and helping them live a Bible centered life.

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