"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? " - 1 John 5:3-5 "And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. "
Our faith in Christ is what gives us victory over the world. Over the spirit of the age. Over the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life.
Faith in Jesus Christ is what saves us.
Faith in Jesus is what sustains us.
Faith in Jesus is what helps us keep his commandments to love God above all things, and love your neighbor as yourself.
When we struggle with sin, is it just a lack of discipline or is it more likely a lack of faith?
Do we really believe that Christ destroyed the power that sin has over us? Do we trust in his blood that purified us forever, in the eyes of the Father? Do we hold fast to His promise of His kingdom coming, and all things being restored?
Trust in what Christ has done! Trust in it! Look to Him! Stop trying to sew fig leaves together! Stop trying to create behavior modification plans to get rid of your sick heart! Christ is the only one who can dig deep into the muck of your sin and transform your desires. Plead to Jesus! Please beg Him to increase your faith like his disciples did. Christ did not say "repent and do better" or "repent and try harder" he said "Repent and BELIEVE"! Do you believe?! If so, then cry out to Him to heal you and purify your wicked heart and mind. He will do so.