The devil he learns from your mistakes even if you don’t
That’s how he keeps you in cycles – Jonathan McReynolds
Have you ever made the same mistake over and over again? Have you ever felt like your life was becoming the enfolding of constant deja vu? Do you feel like something or someone else is controlling YOUR life? Like you keep developing habits that are unhealthy which essentially places you in dangerous cycles. Well, one of the greatest cycle that all of us fall victim to is sin.
WHAT IS SIN?
Sin essentially is acts that are contrary to what God expects of us. They are done to fulfil our human desires and urges that are driven by the demands of our flesh. The demand of the flesh is to achieve instant satisfaction rather than suppressing bad desires in order for righteousness to prevail. And our human flesh is flawed and filthy. As a result, when we sin we are then separated from God because he is holy and blameless. And with this separation comes more sin, isolation, no joy, peace, hope, purpose and so many other things we need to be able to function and achieve our God given potential.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standards – Romans 3:23
Have you noticed that it says “we all fall short” this demonstrates that firstly we are all sinners therefore nobody has the right to condemn or judge (don’t play yourself). And secondly, that we still fall short and we still make mistakes. The scripture doesn’t say we “fell” short. It says we “fall” short. Therefore, falling is normal because we are sinful beings but it is up to us to get up, ask for forgiveness and not do the same thing again. Nonetheless, if we are real with ourselves sometimes we fall, we get back up and fall into the same ditch again. Because it’s easier to fall rather than stay strong, stay firm and push through the temptation.
Have you ever thought that when we continue to commit the same sins, we are mocking God and throwing his love back in his face? This is because, as I mentioned before, sin initiates separation between us and God. As a result, this is why God sacrificed his ONLY son for us. So that all of our sins could be forgiven and we would be given the privilege of 24/7 access which enables us to ask him for forgiveness whenever we need to.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life – John 3:16
So doesn’t that mean that whether it’s intentional or not. When we continue to live in these cycles, we are not only ignoring the sacrifice that God gave (his only son) and that Jesus gave (his life). But we are also in essence crucifying Jesus and nailing him to the cross. Again, again, again and all over again. Is this fair?
HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE
I feel like sometimes we make excuses to make ourselves feel better. We make it seem like because we are human beings therefore flawed, we are too weak and cannot overcome anything that comes our way. But lets be real, this isn’t true. Yesterday, during family devotion we read a scripture that is very well known but I understood it in a different way. The scripture was the following:
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind – Luke 10:27
“Strength” and “mind” stuck out to me the most. Being a Christian is hard. Especially in this day and age, where temptation is everywhere and the easiest option is to compromise. However, just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible. We have to be willing to activate the strength that God has given to us to overcome temptation. He will never give you more than you can bare. God is not like our teachers who give us exams which aim to catch us out (shade intended). Instead, God wants us to pass the test. Therefore, every test he gives us, we are capable of passing with flying colours.
I believe that alongside asking God for help by giving us strength to refrain from compromising and becoming slaves to sinful cycles. We need to also ask God to renew our mind, and actively ensure that what we feed ourselves with, leads to only good, righteous and clean thoughts. For the reason that, most sin truly begins with the mind. Therefore, we need to ask God for strength, renewal of mind as well as avoiding music, movies, conversations and environments that will plant and produce dangerous thoughts that will lead us on a dangerous cyclical path.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will – Romans 12:2
Therefore, our transformation or liberation from cycles stems from “the renewing of your mind”.
In addition to this, sometimes cycles are actually due to bondage which has more of a demonic foundation. In these cases, you actually need deliverance and the best thing to do is speak to your pastor about this. However, until I educate myself on this I will leave it at that.
Overall, the point of this post is to reinforce that we should never be ok with committing the same sins. If you can be honest with yourself and you recognise that you keep falling into the same cycle. Firstly, ask God for forgiveness and remember that you are not only hurting yourself but you are also hurting him too. Secondly, ask God for strength to be able to win over sin with his help. Additionally, check the kind of information you take in and whether or not these trigger behaviours that drive you towards sin and find ways to replace this with things of God that will renew your mind.
Lets not keep going in cycles, but lets break the cycles that cause us to remain stagnant and fall short of the “glorious standard” of God. Don’t let the enemy play you, and steal your peace, joy and faith. God has given us the tools to overcome. So lets use them.
Note to self and note to you!
Stay blessed and stay tuned.