Posted by: amyedwards | January 14, 2008

Sunday’s Sermon – 01/13/08

It appears that last week’s message was an eye-opener for lots of people – not just me.  So, this week was a quick review of what was said last week (for those who missed it).  In this week’s sermon, the pastor answered for everyone the three main questions asked of him this past week.

1.  Why is my besetting sin mine – why do I have the one I have?

  • Family Development (Deut. 6:4-9)  Example:  If an 8 yr. old boy loses his father to death, wouldn’t it make sense that his besetting sin might be fear or unforgiveness? 

*  As a sidenote:  Every child demands approval from their Dad.  Even Jesus did on 2 different occasions.  If they don’t get it, they’ll look for acceptance (a cheap imitation of approval).  If they don’t find acceptance, they’ll look for attention (good or bad).

  • Life Circumstances (I Pet. 5:6-10)  Example:  If a young girl is abused, would it not make sense that she struggle with fear or unforgiveness?
  • Spiritual Environment (Deut. 6:4-9)  Example:  Two boys live side by side.  One is in a strong Christian family where the Word of God is the center of daily life.  The other boy doesn’t have that same advantage.  The two boys are going to struggle with different besetting sins. 

*  As a side note:  If you are having a hard time determining what your besetting sin is because there seems to be a strong balance in your life, it doesn’t mean you don’t have one.  If you are saved, you have a besetting sin.  However, there are people who grew up in Christian homes, had strong Christian influences, have lived a godly life, have had no life circumstances of a great degree (death of loved ones, abuse, etc.).  Those people just have to dig a little deeper to find their besetting sin.  They just haven’t fallen into or been exposed to as much sin. 

Rom. 5:20 – But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. 

2.  How do I determine my besetting sin?

  • The three main ones are Fear, Pride and Unforgiveness.  If you struggle with a particular sin, you can probably trace it back to one of these three.  Even the unpardonable sin (blasphemy of the Holy Spirit or rejection of Christ) found in Matthew 12:31-33 falls under these three.  People reject Christ out of fear that God will ask them to do something they’re afraid of, pride by thinking they don’t need God (they’re good enough on their own), or unforgiveness (they can’t forgive themselves and think they are not good enough for God or aren’t willing to forgive someone else, making it hard for them to accept God’s forgiveness).

Fear – worry, doubt, impatience, discouragement, guilt

Unforgiveness – bitterness, anger, wrath, criticism, resentment, slander

Pride – greed, lust, immorality, jealousy

Look at yourself to see where you struggle and then trace it back to the root.

3.  How do I get rid of it?

  • You can’t necessarily get rid of your besetting sin.  Satan will continue to find what areas are your weakness.  Satan tempts us in our weaknesses, God tests us in our strengths.
  • There is victory in Jesus.  That victory comes through obedience and being Spirit led.  Romans 8; I Pet. 1:22; Gal. 5


  1. Okay, mine is fear with a healthy dose of guilt on the side! God and I are working on it, though!

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