HOW A CHRISTIAN CAN OVERCOME SIN IN THEIR LIFE What most believers do not understand, especially those who believe they could lose their salvation by sinning, (of course they never point fingers at themselves) or who think you can just walk away from God...is this.... IT AIN'T ABOUT YOU...IT IS ABOUT HIM! A believer is given the Holy Spirit at the moment upon salvation...the Holy Spirit is a part of the trinity and He is a person...He comes into a believers life and it is HE that does the "work" in their life...NOT THEM!..The bible says in John 6:44 "That no one comes to the father unless the SPIRIT DRAWS him"...wait, His "work" is not done yet Now picture this...The Holy Spirit enters a person (in the O.T. he came and went) upon TRUE repentance and confession of faith...but just because the Holy Spirit came in doesn't mean He has total RESIDENCE in that persons life. Meaning, unless the believer SUBMITS/YIELDS...(I've talked about this before) to the call/voice and work of the Holy Spirit, He might as well live in their little toe...the person still has the Holy Spirit IN them, but He is being SQUELCHED much like the bible describes. It isn't so much that the Holy Spirit is in you that matters, but how much of the Holy Spirit do you have "working" in you cause you are in total surrender to the Lord? Like that scale I mentioned in the "how to treat the saved homosexual" thread. SATAN 0...............100 GOD....Depending on how much you have allowed the Holy Spirit to rein in your heart/life, will register where you end up on the scale...0 being someone who NEVER had the Holy Spirit to begin with......100 being someone totally sold out for God that it is ALL about Him and none of them. That is where I think we all wish to be...on the 100 side. But this can only be done as we yield/submit and do our part by physically participating towards GOOD, all the while trusting God to do His part and that is to empower and enable us unto those good works. It is when man tries and do His part never considering Gods part that sin is much harder to overcome and causes us to be suspect and judgmental of those around us. It also give Satan a foothold to do what he wants and that is to devour and destroy....or you could end up a non effective Christian and be left alone to do as you please and be left in the "WILDERNESS" and no one wants the consequences of that.