Killing Sin

Day 4 of 4 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Overwhelm It

Your life is finite. We all have a limited number of hours in a day, a certain amount of energy to expend, and capacity limits on friends we can have and money we can spend—life has its limits. It’s the same way with sin. If a day in your life is like a fifty-five-gallon drum that contains your day, you have fifty-five gallons of something to put in it. The way to deal with sin is to overwhelm it with the Holy Spirit. The way to kill sin proactively is to fill up (fifty-five gallons if needed) in the Spirit and leave no room for sin. This is exactly what God prescribed.

● “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Gal. 5:16)

● “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Rom. 8:13)

Bottom line: Let the Holy Spirit’s filling defeat your sin cravings! Sometimes we’re so fixated on not sinning we never get on with living. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is about raising the sails of your soul and letting God fill them. It’s about saturating yourself with so much good stuff that the bad stuff has no place to grow.

Joining God in spiritual disciplines fuels the Holy Spirit to give you anointing and power. The Holy Spirit is God. He is here. He delights in helping you do the most supernatural things possible—overcoming this sin-wrecked world and showing up in heaven hearing, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

We can be filled with the Spirit by memorizing liberating truth, singing songs that ignite our soul and lift it, participating in a Bible study that helps us meet with God in His Word, hanging out with people who are on the same path, and being mindful of the Holy Spirit’s voice because He is always speaking.

The best spiritual defense is a good offense. If I fill my workplace with words of affirmation, there is less room for a critical spirit. If I fill my stomach with good food, I have less room for junk food. If I fill my heart with hope, my mouth speaks words of encouragement. If I fill my mind with truth, I have less room for believing lies. And if I am filling up with the Spirit, I am bound to starve sin.


STRATEGY FOR BATTLE:

OVERWHELM IT — It’s time to fill your life with the Spirit. Give God more of your life so sin has less room to run and grow.

● Memorize the promises about faithfulness to God.

● Fill your mouth with songs that produce praise.

● Invite God to read along with you as you’re in the Scriptures.

● Listen to the Holy Spirit and keep the conversation going.

● Surround yourself with people who are passionate about killing sin.

Call to Action (CTA):

This study is adapted from the book, The 7 Resolutions: Where Self-Help Ends And God’s Power Begins by Karl Clauson. The 7 Resolutions will teach you to overthrow old patterns, create new life systems, and take hold of God’s promises. For more information, check out www.7resolutions.com.