Wage War on Sin!

Stop murmuring about your sin, and make war on it!

A few years ago, John Piper wrote some strategies for fighting sin in our minds. He summed up the strategies with the acronym ANTHEM.

A – Avoid temptation as much as is reasonably possible.

N – Say NO to every lustful thought within five seconds.

T – Turn your mind forcefully toward Christ as a superior satisfaction.

H – Hold the promises and pleasure of Christ firmly in your mind until they push out the other images and ideas.

E – Enjoy Jesus. Sin cannot keep its appeal when it is compared to the pleasure of knowing Christ.

M – Move into a useful activity away from idleness and other vulnerable behaviors.

Here is the whole article. ANTHEM: Strategies for Fighting Lust

In another article Piper states it this way:

Let’s think then about this fight of faith. It is not like war games with rubber bullets. Eternity is at stake. Romans 8:13 is a key verse: “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.” This is written to professing Christians, and the point is that our eternal life hangs on our battle with sin.

The demand in Romans 8:13 is not sinlessness but mortal combat with sin. This is utterly essential in the Christian life.

You can find these quotes and more in this article: How Dead People Do Battle with Sin

Here are some more helps. Meditating on:

Romans 8:12-13 “12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 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.”

Colossians 3:1-6 “1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.”

Book recommendation:
Overcoming Sin and Temptation by Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic

  1. It’s good to see a blog which takes sin seriously. Billy Sunday once said, “One reason that sin flourishes is that we treat it like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake.”

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