I read 1 John 5-10 today. I have to say it was freeing and liberating.
You see, I was caught up in sin for a long time. An addiction (or addictions) had control of me and I couldn’t shake them. When I would go to church, I felt nothing, I felt unworthy and hopeless because I couldn’t see how I could possibly live the life of victory so many other people seemed to have.
1 John 5-10 says:
Living in the Light
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus* and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
I realize now that God set me free from my worst addictions. I heard Tony Evans, and Beth Moore both within a few weeks say that they had been free from entangling sins for some time. I didn’t relate because I hadn’t had that experience. But if you look at the verse above, you see that there is living in spiritual darkness, whatever that might be, and then there is sint hat we confess to God and he cleanses us.
God gives us a way out. He cleanses us and he does deliver us from addiction or habitual sin when we ask. It might not be today or tomorrow, but our path is our path and when we seek Him, he walks with us on it.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Jn 1:5–10). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.