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How To Avoid Sinning

I'm new to Christianity. How can I tell if something is a sin or not when I see Christians doing just about everything?

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 ---ted on 3/26/09
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Safeguards for your spiritual health:

1. Rejoice in the Lord! Sing and make music to Him.
2. Stay humble
3. Hide God's word in your heart
4. Don't even think about the 'pleasures' of sin. (It only brings pain)
5. Learn the Bible, read and obey it.
6. Don't envy the unsaved
7. Pray to stand firm in all the will of God
8. Avoid bad complany
9. Stay self-controlled, alert, and continue to resist the devil
10. Know persecutions come to all the Godly
11. Fear God
12 Keep a clear conscience (Acts 24:15,16)
13 Test the Spirits(I Jn 4:1)
14 Walk in Love and help others
15 Flee desire for riches
16 Make your calling and election sure (II Pet. 1:5-10)Follow this passage and you will never fall!!!!
---Anne on 5/28/09

In the process of my striving to overcome sin, 2 Cor 10, helped me much. Even though God gave me victory in the physical realm relatively sooner, I had struggle in the imagination for a long time. Like you said, "I learned that sin starts in our heart/mind." I cried out to God for victory repeatedly, then finally God gave me victory even without I knowing it. Then, I realized that imagining sin was not there anymore. "1Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." I praised the Lord.
---Dave on 5/28/09

I am new to this blog. Read every post. They uplifted me. All are excellent except one or two.
It is the most difficult thing to stop sinning especially when we are addicted to it. But the reward is unimaginably great. God tells us to obey him and workout our salvation- Phil 2:12. As we strive, we become his workmanship. As he complete his work, we will walk in his ordained path, but not in sin- Eph 2:10. The work God has begun in us, he will complete it in his day- Phil 1:6.
Strive with hope and have faith in God. He will complete his work. Don't settle for counterfeit salvation. Satan gives them free and tell you not to strive. God bless you.
---Dave on 5/27/09

Your explanation is deceptive. Why God takes the obedience of Jesus Christ and injects it into you while you do not obey Jesus Christ and living in sin, but call him Lord, Lord? Matt 7:21-23, Luke 6:46. God hates hypocrites. Romans 5:19 says this. Those who live by the disobedience of Adam are made sinners and those who live by the obedience of Jesus Christ are made righteous. Romans 6:17-18 also say that if you obey Jesus Christ you are righteous. You have concluded your post saying that our righteousness will come short for heaven. But, Romans 6:16-22 says that our righteousness will take us step by step unto eternal life. Why do you teach opposite to the word of God?
---Dave on 5/27/09

Hi Ted,

I was baptized as an adult (full immersion) and was able to understand my Bible after that experience.

I started doing the things I knew were right to do, and began stopping the things I knew I shouldn't do. It's a process that never ends. God calls it striving against sin.

After that I wanted to know what God required of me and read my Bible to find out. I learned that sin starts in your heart/mind.
Here is God's formula and it works:

2Corinthians 10:5

"Casting down imaginations,
and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,

and bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ,"

Replace the bad with the good.
---SuzieH on 5/10/09

Several things can help give us direction:
1. God's Word
2. the Holy Spirit who now lives on the inside of you, giving you guidance
3. your God-given conscience
If you know what is right, do it. If you're not sure, ask. Don't be afraid to go with what your conscience tells you is ok. What's ok for you may not be ok for another. Paul talks about not violating or going against your conscience.
---Vicki on 5/9/09

You need to pray to receive the Holy Spirit, keeping asking for Him until you hear from Him. He will help you keep from sinning.
---Betty on 5/8/09

Revelation 12:17 (New International Version)
17Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspringthose who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus
Those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Yeshua is the way to keep from sin. Its not just in believing, if you believe Yeshua is the Mashiach, then you need to keep what He kept.For beleif gives right action.
---wayne on 4/30/09

Catherine here is the obedience that I'm depending on to get to heaven.
Romans 5:19 "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." By the obedience of one many can be made righteous. That one spoken of of course is the Lord Jesus Christ and I must depend on his righteousness and obedience(imputed to me) to enter heaven. If you're depending on your own righteousness and obedience to enter heaven perhaps you will come up short.
---mima on 4/29/09

this hurts and is a great question Lean on Jesus use the bible in context to see the truth.
I pray I am not one of the ones you have seen if I am I ask your forgiveness and direct you again to GOds word.
---willow on 4/9/09

Now, here we go on who is truly a Christian and who isn't. No born-again or not, will go to heaven by living in disobedience. That is living a life of sin. NO ONE! Jesus wants you to get your eyes off people, and Jesus wants you to FOLLOW HIM. What does follow Jesus mean: It means, obedience. YES!
---catherine on 4/8/09

If you are new to Christianity...does that mean that you have been "born again"?
These so called "Christians" are that by name only. If they were truly Christians they would be living the right way and living under the grace of our lord Jesus Christ who died for everyones sin..even those "Christians". Once you give your life to Jesus...there should be no turning back to the world of sin or as you said "doing just abut everything". They aren't true Christians at all.
---patty on 4/8/09

Your best avenue to travel is to read the Bible, daily. Ask yourself, "What would Jesus do"? (WWJD is something you may have seen as a solgan, and now you know the meaning. Another guideline is: DON'T do it if you have any doubts. You also need to find a mentor to guide you - just a couple because, as you state, there are too many Christians doing what they want. (It could be your pastor, or Sunday School teacher.) But, it's always good to remember, the solgan, "I'm not perfect, just forgiven." Keep you focus on Christ at all times. One last thing, don't confuse Bible standards with cultural standards. (For example: long hair is determined by the culture, but some try to make it biblical, and its not.)
---wivv on 4/8/09

Jesus also taught that "those thing which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the abundance of the heart, and they defile a man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders , adulteries, fornications...."Matthew 15:18-19
Solomon wrote, "keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life" Prov.5:23
---doug on 3/30/09

Definately search the scriptures diligently and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to you. Truth is not subjective to individuals, it is absolute, and Jesus is Truth.
Ask your pastor at church about a solid bible study group that you can become involved with, and seek a godly mentor. Paul wrote "follow me as I follow Christ"
Never trust your heart...
Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful above all things, and is desperately wicked, who can know it" and Genesis 8:21 says that "the imaginations of mans heart is evil from his youth"
---doug on 3/30/09

ted, the bible tells us what is sin. The deeds of the flesh are sin. Read these in Galatians and I think the book of Romans.

Then go and read what Jesus said is sin. Unforgiveness. Adultery. Stealing. Lusts of the flesh, jealousy, strife, gossip, etc., etc.,

Get yourself a copybook, and as you come across scriptures that tell you what is sin, write them down and study them. Then pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you not to do these things.

Walk by the Spirit and you will NOT carry out the desires of the flesh. We can't change our flesh, so we walk by the Spirit of God in order not to sin.
---donna8365 on 3/30/09

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ted don't follow 'Christians' examples, follow Jesus' example. I encourage you to renew you entire way of thinking of following Jesus. Its no longer a battle of overcoming sin. Jesus has done that. Now its about getting and staying in touch with the spirit in him that allowed him to already win that battle. Read John 15 and think on it often.

There is newness in front of you now that goes way beyond battling sin. The best you could do in the sin battle is to "not lose". This new life kills that fruitless battle and turns you to fruitful life.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
---DavidA on 3/29/09

1 John 3:9 Those who have been born from God don't live sinful lives. What God has said lives in them, and they can't live sinful lives. They have been born from God.
---dsda on 3/29/09

"How can I tell if something is a sin or not when I see Christians doing just about everything?"

Look within and judge yourself. What ever you can not do with complete confidence in your own relationship with the Father, knowing He is ever present, for you is sin. We are not to judge -declare wrong or adversely sentence as guilty- the servant of another. To his own master -controlling influence- he will stand or fall. The only righteous judgement is the judgement of self. In Christ your errors will be convicted and the truth that dispels them will be brought to light, bringing with it a corresponding change of mind and action. Focus on your own walk with Christ.
---Josef on 3/29/09

Hi Ted, one of the few ways to really tell what is right and wrong for you is to begin paying attention to your heart. It will gage your position In Christ very closly if you listen to your Spirit. New Christians are not taught to spend double time talking to Christ. Talk, then listen, be still and hear what the Spirit is saying. If you live according to people, you will always be confused. Take what they say,compare it to the Bible and don't ever do what they do without praying, listening and following your heart. It will never lie to you. Pay attention to your right and wrong gage. The heart is truth and it will lead you in the right path every time.\hope this really helps you.
---Brenda on 3/28/09

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If you read the Bible starting at the New Testament, it will teach you commandments and the way of living that Jesus and his disciples tought. The Bible teaches to obstain from all appearance of evil. Your consciousness will also tell you to distinguish what is sin and what is not. Pray, and God will show you the right way through his Word.
---Elena on 3/27/09

Well, there are things that are pretty clear in the Bible. But there are people who can argue that they are right, when they're wrong, and make it seem like you can't know about certain things. But Paul says, "For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you." (1 Corinthians 11:19) So, it looks like Paul knew the real Christians could tell the difference. The wrong ones even made the right ones look good. The main danger, I'd say, is how you or I can be wrong and be picking and choosing people and scripture that we use to agree with us and make us look good. Submit openly to our Father to correct us of however He knows we are fooling ourselves > Hebrews 12:8-9.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/27/09

Well, Ted, let me give this a shot. First, your spiritual "guide" is to be the Bible and the Holy Spirit, NOT what other "Christians" do or say,particularly if they are in disagreement with God's word/Spirit. 2ndly, the Apostle Paul tells us that all believers are to be in obedience to their conscience, if we don't agree with some of the things people are telling us, such as what to eat/drink, when to worship, etc., we are to check it out according to Scripture and our own convictions. We are NOT to impose our convictions on non-basic issues on anyone else.(cont'd)
---tommy3007 on 3/27/09

Part 2, This is not to say "Do whatever "feels right" to you", but, what you have received enlightenment from the Spirit about, through the Word of God. If you feel it is improper to eat certain things, that is for you, if you have been convicted by the Spirit to worship on a certain day, that is for you. Don't judge anyone else in these side issues nor let anyone judge you, if you do so in faith. Worship God in Spirit and Truth, read the Word and be obedient. You will have struggles, read 1st John 1:9 when you fall, repent, get up and go on. If you want some encouragement in this area, read Romans ch. 7, the Apostle Paul speaks of his struggle witht the flesh, then in ch. 8 he tells us of the surety we have in Jesus Christ.
---tommy3007 on 3/27/09

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Most things, believe it or not, do not fall neatly into two mutually exclusive categories: sins and non-sins.

The same act (even sex) might be sinful on one context, neutral in another, virtuous in a third, and even a duty in yet a fourth.

On the other hand something might be a legitimate pleasure for one person, and an occasion of sin for another. Food falls into this category.

Playing cards might be a harmless pastime for some people, and a temptation to gamble to others.
---katavasia on 3/27/09

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