For those of us who have personally vowed to serve Jesus Christ the rest of the days of our lives, it is of no surprise that we all have phases where it seems to be one thing after another after another that distracts us from our “Christ-serving duty”. The phone rings, a good movie comes on TV, the cat needs fed, we have to go get an oil change in our car, etc.
And these occurrences are quite normal & temporary distractions. But what should one do when faced with a “permanent distraction”, that would, if one kept partaking in it, forever take one away from the glory and kingdom of God/Jesus Christ? A distraction that might at first seem harmless but that is actually FATAL to one’s “spiritual health” with Jesus Christ?
I am ofcourse talking about the types of sin that are “perpetual sins”. Sins that seem harmless at first but that can actually destroy a person’s soul from within. Particularly, the types of sins that one was ONCE delivered from or that NEEDS deliverance from.
For example, have you ever been addicted to pornography, alcohol, drugs? Lusted after someone of the same gender or opposite gender, outside of marriage? Felt suicidal and/or self-condemning thoughts? Had sex outside of marriage? Hated someone without just cause? All of these “sins” are sins that seem “harmless” by today’s “worldly standards”. But these are sins that can easily put a person away for LIFE (in the “spiritual sense”, anyways) by becoming what’s known as “perpetual sins”.
Satan knows our weak spots. He knows what’s going to make us fall. He knows EXACTLY what buttons to push to turn us away from Jesus Christ and onto a path that leads to hell and/or eternal punishment/condemnation after this Earthly life.
And after this Earthly life is all said and done and each person stands before Jesus Christ on Judgment Day, will ANY of those lustful Earthly pleasures matter anymore? Will anything we did during this life to increase our own pleasure matter anymore? NO. What will matter is where we stand with Jesus Christ; rather we were a person who believed in him and tried to follow all his commandments the best we could and knew how or if we were one of those people that chose pleasure over God/Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:15 (New Testament, book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 15) gives some VERY dire warnings about the eternal condemnation that befalls those who don’t put their faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ! It reads: “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire”.
Those are some pretty strong, powerful words there! And if they strike fear into your heart, that’s a GOOD thing! For it means the Holy Spirit is at work in you right now, trying to spiritually convict you of your sin(s)!
The first thing one must do (ESPECIALLY when struggling with perpetual sins) is to pray: “Lord Jesus, I’m MAJORLY struggling with this sin/these sins in my life and can’t seem to stop for the LIFE of me! Please, please help me to overcome them! Do whatever it is in my life you have to do, in order to HELP me overcome them! I’ll do whatever you want me to do, Lord, just please, please help me overcome this!” and believe the prayer with all your heart, all your soul and ALL your mind! Have FAITH that the Lord Jesus Christ will help you overcome and he WILL help you overcome, if only you believe!
And yes, perpetual sins can’t be overcome overnight. It’s a process. You will likely have to take baby steps in overcoming perpetual sins bit by bit, little by little. But all that effort will be worth it in the long run, BELIEVE ME! For if your faith is strong enough, the Lord Jesus can help you overcome perpetual sins PERMANENTLY! MARK MY WORDS!
You might FEEL hopeless right now and down in the dumps. You might FEEL as though “I’m NEVER going to overcome this” but DON’T LET THE DEVIL WIN! Satan WANTS you to feel discouraged! Satan WANTS you to feel helpless and hopeless and like you will NEVER overcome the perpetual sins you’re struggling with right now! But in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the mighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ, you CAN overcome and you WILL overcome, if only you have FAITH!
And hey, look on the bright side, if you DON’T have faith right now, you can always PRAY to have faith! For nothing pleases the Lord more than when one PRAYS to have faith! If the Lord had to choose between a person having no faith and PRAYING to have faith, which person do you think he’d be most pleased with? Think about it, folks!
And remember the following passages:
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” – John 14:13
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” – Matthew 19:26
“And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamore tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you” – Luke 17:6