The Lord’s desire for our lives is the we sin not [1 Jn 2:1]. He gives us the law and the Spirit to make us aware of sin so that we can keep it out of our lives.
In Rom 7:12-13, the law is holy, just and good. By the law, sin appears sin and becomes exceeding sinful. But some Christians will argue that the law is not made for a righteous man [1 Tim 1:9-11] and so we can ignore it. That’s a mistake because we still have to deal with sin after we are saved. And sin is the transgression of the law.
In Rom 8:2-4, we have the law of the Spirit of life that makes our free from the law of sin and death. The Holy Spirit reproves us of sin in our lives, as well. Unlike the law, though, he also gives us the strength to deal with it and get it out of our lives.
The trouble with sin is that it hardens us and deceives us [Heb 3:13]. We get callous to the reproving work of the Holy Spirit. We get hardened in the sin, so that we have no conscience about it. We lose our constant awareness of the Bible and our constant sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and we get stuck in the sin.
Here’s how to get out of sin when you find that you’re stuck:
Acknowledge the truth – 2 Tim 2:25 – the first thing is to acknowledge that God said, “Thou shalt not…” or “You must…”. What happens in sin is that you don’t see it the way God does. When you acknowledge the truth, you see what God calls sin the way he sees it.
Confess your sin – 1 Jn 1:9 – in confession you admit that what you have done transgressed the Lord’s command. You committed an iniquity. Confession is how you get clean. And you don’t just admit it, so that you can do it again. The idea is that you will forsake it [Prov 28:13]. Which leads to the next point.
Repent of your sin – 2 Tim 2:25 – in repentance, you have a change of mind and that change of mind leads to a change of action. Like a friend of mine said many years ago when he quit drugs, “I’m done with that. I still fight it but I’m done.” Repentance is the forsaking of the sin that you read about in Prov 28:13. It’s like Paul said in Acts 26:20, about people who repent, they do works meet for repentance. They quit doing wrong and start doing right according to what God says is wrong and what God says is right. Read Lk 3:9-14.
Recover yourself – 2 Tim 2:26 – often in stubborn sin you find that the devil has ensnared you. Once you have repented from the sin, then you can go to work getting yourself out of the snare of the devil. That’s a work that you must do. In some cases, people report that the Lord delivered them from a particular sin right after they got saved. However, in most cases, you are going to have to get out of the snare. You can’t give the devil place.
Be made free – Jn 8:32, 34, 36 – you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. This is the place you want to be, free from that sin.
Conclusion: these are simple steps to getting out of sin. The steps are not hard to understand. They will take work on your part but if you follow them, you can get the sin out.