I want to share a testimony of how I
from chronic sinful behavior. Maybe my testimony will help others.
Back in 1999 my Christian friend Ed
I chatted with an elderly Christian lady whom we had never met before.
said, "Something happened to one of you about six months ago." Ed said
came to his mind, but I was all ears! I told her, "That's when I
to become a disciple!" I had not realized that this is what happened
months previously until that moment because I had forgotten about Luke
She asked me to tell her about it, and here is the story.
Luke 14:26 "If
anyone comes to Me, and
hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and
yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
In the Fall of 1998 I came across
14:26 (above), and
could not get past that verse. I didn't understand how to hate our
family members and ourselves in light of the
that we are to love everyone, including our enemies! So I said, "Lord,
don't understand this verse, but I want to be a disciple, so please
the appropriate hatred for my family members and my own life so that I
be a disciple.
He started showing me that I already
family members' unbelief in Christ and worldliness even though I really
for them individually, but He also started showing me all the ways that
have deluded myself to justify my selfishness and pride and sins of the
I realized that I was just a lukewarm Christian!
James 1:22 But
prove yourselves doers
and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
The Lord then showed me many ways I
deluded myself or justified myself to others and to myself. So, like
Paul in Rom 7:24
(Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this
I sought the Lord to set me free from this body of sin. That's when He
me to renounce the pleasures of sin. I checked my computer Bible for
of sin", and found Hebrews 11:24:
Heb 11:24-26 By
faith Moses, when he
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing
to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin; considering the reproach of Christ greater
than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
Then I check the computer
"renounce" and found this:
2 Cor 4:1-2
Therefore, since we have
ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we
have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in
craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of
truth commending ourselves to
every man's conscience in the sight of God.
HERE'S THE KEY WHICH SET ME FREE FROM
ABIDING SIN: He showed me that I needed to renounce the pleasures of
sin, which only
last for a season until they would snare me again, so that I could
the pleasures that are at God's right hand, which last forever! He also
the prayer in my heart that He would release the power of the cross and
of Christ in my life so that I might be completely dead to sin, and
alive to Him through the Lord Jesus.
So I prayed, "Lord Jesus, in Your
all the pleasures of sin, and ask that You would remove them from me
Please release the power of Your cross and resurrection in my life so
I can be completely dead to sin, and completely alive to the Father in
The result? Immediately I knew that I
been set free!! I have never been so free from the
things that used to distract me from the Lord and waste my time and
me into sin and condemnation, and I am actually doing what He wants me
do more than ever before!! It's been a tremendous breakthrough!!
probably a lot more purification to do, but the rewards of the Lord's
in my life are so great that I am hungering for more
purification. It has now been six and a half years since I
renounced the pleasures of sin, and I have not fallen to the 'sin that
so easily beset me' even once!!!
them, “Most assuredly,
I say to you, whoever commits
sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house
forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you
free, you shall be free indeed.
For some people the pleasures of sin
gambling winnings from the past. For others it is a drug high. For
others it is a
moment of lust. Those are the "fond memories" that continue to drag us
into the sins which so easily beset us. They are like worms the devil
to get us to bite the hook of sin But when I renounced the pleasures of
the worm was removed from the hook of sin, and I no longer am drawn by
pleasures that used to snag me regardless of how I resisted or
or bound spirits or anything else I tried.
This key of renouncing the pleasures
been so liberating for me, that I want to share it with as many as
That's why I am sharing this testimony with you. I hope that this truth
I have never heard taught in the 23 years since I was saved may be the
to set many others free.
I realize that my telling of this
questions or need clarification. Please feel free to ask any questions
Thanks for listening, and God bless!
PS: On the day that I was set
free I said, "Lord, I have been born again for twenty-two years
now. Why did You take so long to set me free?" Very clearly
He spoke to my heart and said, "So you would have compassion on others
who have struggled unsuccessfully for years and years against abiding
sin." That was good enough for me, and I hope it encourages you,