Three Simple Steps for Overcoming Any Sin

Three Simple Steps For Overcoming Any Sin

by Ty Gibson  |  February 9, 2012

“We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Whoever you are, whatever your struggles and temptations may be, sweet victory is yours for the taking.

Right now!

All you need do is appreciate, appropriate and act upon what already belongs to you in the person of Jesus Christ. You are guaranteed success in whatever battle you may be fighting, not because you are sufficient for the battle—you are not!—but because there are massively powerful provisions at your fingertips, in Christ.

Here are three simple steps that will release you from the grip of even the most besetting sin.

1. Name the Thing

Honesty is the precursor to victory.

Before God, and in your own conscience, call your sin exactly what it is. Cease all explanations and excuses. Just get on your knees and confess that this thing is absolutely opposed to God’s character, that it is hurting others and destroying you. Verbalizing the truth of the matter is vitally necessary. Doing so awakens a deeper sensitivity and places your heart in an honest position before God and before yourself.

Moses instructed Israel, “It shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing” (Leviticus 5:5).

Confess “that thing,” the specific “thing,” for exactly what it is, without reserve and without any kind of justification.

David gave us an example of total transparency before God:

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:5).

Stop hiding!

Stop lying!

Stop explaining!

Simply tell the truth.

2. Decide and Act Against the Thing

There lies within you a God-given power to choose. It’s a power no force in the universe can prevail against. Satan himself, and all his unholy angels, cannot make a man or woman sin when the will has decided not to.

The biblical word for the movement of the will away from sin and toward God is “repentance.” It basically means a deliberate change of mind and direction.

Call it a spiritual 180.

The moment you decide against sin and begin to act in a new moral course, new neurological, synaptic pathways immediately begin to form. Your mind actually begins to take on a new shape! Paul says you literally “become renewed in the spirit (the bent or inclination) of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23). As the repentant frame of mind is sustained, a new personhood is formed in the image of Christ. New patterns of thought, feeling and behavior become easier with every passing day. You become naturalized to and at home in character of God.

But now comes the most vital factor of all.

3. Receive Power Over the Thing

No matter how honestly you confess your sin, and no matter how firmly you decide against your sin, your willpower does not innately posses the quality and kind of power you need to overcome. Of yourself, you are utterly bankrupt of the moral oomph to obtain victory.

You can’t “git ‘er done.”

Not when it comes to overcoming sin.

So where does that leave you?

Well, you are in desperate need of a power outside of and above yourself to be poured into the moral fiber of your being. You need a steady inflow of a particular kind of power that is not of human origin. This power is not a mysterious or nebulous thing. It’s not a magical wave of energy or some kind of miraculous act of divine fiat that bypasses your awareness and freewill.

Quite simply, the power you need is… wait for it… the love of God!

Paul says:

“The love of Christ compels us… He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

That is, the love of Christ is the power that moves us to cease living for ourselves and to begin living for Him. The love of Christ, alone, is of sufficient power to break the strength of sin at its most foundational level, at the level of our natural inclination to live for self.

Again, Paul says:

“We through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith… faith energized by God’s love” (Galatians 5:5-6, author’s translation).

God’s love is the vital energizing factor in the victorious Christian life. No other power will do, because no other power can do.

“God does not employ compulsory measures; love is the agent which He uses to expel sin from the heart” (Thoughts From The Mount of Blessing, p. 76).

The practical question is this, then:

If God’s love is the power I need, then how do I tap into it? How do I drink it in? How do I get God’s love into the moral fabric of my being?

The Bible offers a simple answer to this vital question. Paul says that God’s love gains access to our lives through the conduit of comprehension; that is, through the rational faculties of the mind:

“I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ … that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:11-21).

Paul is clear here. The inner moral strengthening we need is none other than the love of God, in Christ. We need to become rooted and ground in this love. And the way we do it is by giving our minds over to the task of comprehending God’s love manifested in Christ. This love, when comprehended, is “the power that works in us.” This is Paul’s exact point.

When assimilated through the medium of understanding and faith, God’s love becomes the muscle behind the entire experiential process of victory over sin. Read that again and again until you understand it and believe it.

To the degree that you believe—both intellectually and emotionally—that the matter of conquering sin depends on you, you will fail. Conversely, to the degree that you give your heart over to dependence upon the love of God, you will succeed. From self-centeredness to God-centeredness—this is the fundamental and crucial paradigm shift upon which victory over sin hinges. Hang the entirety of your faith-weight precisely here, and you will be more than a conqueror through Him who loves us.

So there you go—three simple (and infinitely powerful!) steps to overcome any and every sin.

Really, it’s that simple.

And that practical.

Name your sin with honest confession before God.

Decide with repentance against your sin.

Receive a steady intellectual and emotional inflow of God’s love as your source of power over sin.

With these three simple faith-actions, there is no sin that can hold you down.

Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
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  • Reinhardt Stander

    Amen! And amen! Our problem with sin is our comprehension of God. Only when we SEE His Love, this Love will MOVE our understanding to start comprehending the dephts of God’s intimate thoughts and feelings toward us. Getting to grips with this, is what frees one from the POWER of sin. For as your understanding is illumined by His love, your focus is more shifted from self to Him, shifted more from selfishness to selflessness. And so the power of selfishness (which is the root of sin) is broken by God’s love, and we will get victory over sin! Amen! Jesus is all the world to me!!!

  • Frank

    Excellent. Simple. Easy to understand. Please God give me the desire to carry it out. Amen.

  • Mike Lowe

    Yes, amen! When I’m in the throes of temptation, I talk to Jesus about Jesus until the temptation to be unlike Jesus fades and disappears. Focusing on Christ on the Cross, paying the sin debt of death for me, puts things in proper perspective. Sin loses all its power and appeal in the face of Jesus dying for my sins on the Cross. Talk to Jesus about Jesus – about the life He lived, the love He shared, the promises He made, the truth He told, and His death on the Cross. The mind and heart thus stayed on Christ is a light on the hilltop of human affairs. Thank you, Jesus!

  • Vance F. Breise

    This is great Ty. I have shared a ‘three-step’ program that similar.

    1. Admit that you have a problem you can’t overcome on your own.
    2. Believe Jesus can supply the power to free you.
    3. Be 100 percent ready to let it go.

    Most get stuck on #1, they still think they can quit if they want to.

    Many get stuck on #3, they pray for God to help them ‘taper off.’ They say; “We are working on it.”

  • Blaine Fults

    Thanks for your ministry, Ty.
    May God richly bless you as you share the Good News! and victory in Jesus IS GOOD NEWS.

    1. I can’t overcome this thing by myself, but…
    2. God can!
    3. I choose to let Him!

  • Greg Bartlett

    Beautiful, the hardest thing for us as Christians is to understand that God has made our part simple we just keep coming to him and as we behold we become changed, and all sin happens when we mess up the only thing we do in overcoming, keep our eye on the gift of Jesus, all things are possible through the big guy. thats why I still love him so much..Let face it when we sin we have taken our eye off the ball. Thats why I see the first comandment as the it and the rest are side effects of that relationship

  • Jen De-Bique

    Amen! Thank you this message came to me just when I needed it…Talk about a life saver…God is truely good and always. Thank you Jesus!

  • David

    Praise Jesus! No literally! Wow 🙂

  • everton

    Tearfully, thanks. I needed this.
    I am on this road.
    I am going to share this. I have so many Christian friends who are God haters. One of my friends wished he was not alive rather than to be in this moral dilemna. He doesn’t want to choose against his inclinations.
    A whole ton of them want to overcome and just won,t look past themselves. This is resource that i will be sharing for a long time

  • Mr. Gibson, this is fantastic! I am a Catholic (and a former atheist like yourself). I am promoting your ministry on my blog to my Catholic readers. You are doing great work. May we all be one in Christ! Here’s my post about your excellent Three Steps …

  • Carolyn McClellan

    Thank you for all of your ministry from each one involved, including the wives! What an amazingly simple yet so profound this message is! I always feel lifted to God’s throne when I read or hear your messages, including the Sabbath School commentaries which my husband and I both love.

  • Kenol Jeanbaptiste

    Simply Beautiful.

  • victor

    yes …this is certainly part of the Truth , but how can we effectively love Jesus Christ without the power of HIS SPIRIT , Paul also writes , ” and the love of God is poured into our hearts by His Spirit ” in and of ourselves we are not able to obey the greatest commandments without the power that JESUS CHRIST has promised since HIS ressurection ” The promise of The Spirit of God ” , total immersion of water , and by His Spirit , the 2 greatest commandments , Love God , Love your neighbor , ” in doing these 2 we will fulfill the entire Law “, JESUS CHRIST said to HIS disciples before he ascended back to Heaven that He had to go back to the FATHER so HE could send the Spirit , This is the power we need in the hour our planet is facing to reach the lost , not only for our benefit in areas of temptation , but to preach the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST , not only in our Sabbath meetings but every day….” He who wins souls is wise ” Proverbs….peace , love , and Truth ,….Godspeed

  • bridget

    i this really helpful .thank u so much

  • Dj

    Bondage stinks. Being secretly enslaved to a sin hidden from others view, and in my heart of hearts wanting to be free I have struggled my whole life. Over and over I have fallen. I have lived a life in fear that whenever Satan chooses, this demon can reach in and take control beyond my resolution to resist. The shame that follows my sin causes me to spiral down into feeling helpless and hopeless. I claim the forgiveness of Christ and the power of His Love to break the chains of Satan and be free. I believe that the power of His love can do this in my life. In Christ I am fully placing my hope and trust to be free.

  • H.o.w.? Honesty. Open mindedness. Willingness. Isolation occurs when we feel shame and guilt from God and others and consequently live only more for ourselves. People who overcome simply have to reach out in faith to God and man for help. In this sense the children of the Light are “our brothers keeper” and “”bearers” of one another’s burdens” by illumination of the love of God. As we drink freely of the Well of
    Forgiveness {Jesus}, we can they say the truth in Spirit of Love “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us”, for we ALL continue to fall short of the divine measure.

  • brett hereford

    The divine Comforter does not leave us when we commit acts of sin. In fact He rushes in to catch us and comfort us with His grace. The word paraclete was used to describe a specially trained roman soldier who caught and helped other fallen soldiers while training and in battle. The comforter comes when needed most for training and when we fall in our struggles (sins). He comes to us, as it were, when Jesus “leaves” us, in our perception, because of the power of sin. He does not condemn us but simply bandages our wounds, reinforces His ongoing forgiveness, and says “go, sin no more”. If its 70 x7 so be it. He has said He will never, ever leave us unto the end. He does not want us to be lost. We are too costly and valuable to Him. Cheap grace? There is nothing cheap about grace.
    He is waiting for us patiently as no human could, having faith in us that we will finally “get it” and move forward so we can all go home.

  • Eddie

    This makes perfect sense. But as i understand it, it is not a formula for perfection, but a continuing growth in our spiritual understanding of who Jesus is, as has been mentioned by others above, and my own ‘home alone’ hopelessness in conquering sin. He is, and still the only answer to any human question of life. Thanks Ty.

  • This is wonderful Ty. I would only add that even the act of “repentance” does not come out of our will or our own power. We can “choose to “want” to repent but we cannot repent of ourselves. Here is how the servant of the Lord has put it so wonderfully in the Steps to Christ.

    “..A repentance such as this, is beyond the reach of our own power to accomplish; it is obtained only from Christ….Just here is a point on which many may err, and hence they fail of receiving the help that Christ desires to give them. They think that they cannot come to Christ unless they first repent, and that repentance prepares for the forgiveness of their sins. It is true that repentance does precede the forgiveness of sins; for it is only the broken and contrite heart that will feel the need of a Saviour. But must the sinner wait till he has repented before he can come to Jesus? Is repentance to be made an obstacle between the sinner and the Saviour?

    The Bible does not teach that the sinner must repent before he can heed the invitation of Christ, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. It is the virtue that goes forth from Christ, that leads to genuine repentance. Peter made the matter clear in his statement to the Israelites when he said, “Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31. We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ. { SC 26.2}

    This last sentence is awesome: “We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ.”

    We should meditate on it.

  • So True, Thank You. God help me to follow the steps.

  • Julianne


  • As the song writer wrote …. “Beautiful words wonderful words wonderful words of life”thank you for allowing the Lord to use you and this ministry in a mighty way. Through the power of God Holy Spirit words of life are spoken back into my inner being because of these three steps. Thanks again my brother Ty for sharing such a powerful message with such simplicity even a child can understand that God is love.!

  • Mark

    Pray God that I will submit to His Spirit, and allow Him carry this out in my life.

    Praise Him for His amazing grace.

  • Michael

    Thank you my brother Ty for sharing that biblical and practical advice. I am encouraged. How great that love is not only tender (as we often see it) but also extremely powerful in Jesus. And thank you God for providing this kind of power to give us the victory.

  • Sherwin Nofuente

    Thanks brother. I’m in this situation and it will help for sure. May the Lord bless you always…. God bless

  • thank you sir for this message that you gave to us,because i want this message work to me forever

  • Ajesh PJ

    Nice practical

  • Meg Wanie

    This is a road map for me, a baby Christian struggling to find my way to Jesus. The simplicity with which you write gave me a clear picture. Thank you. I will look for your other ministerial works. God bless you richly.

  • Izraias Uribe

    amen and amen!! righteousness by faith! overcoming by and thru the LOVE OF GOD!! thank you so much really needed this ty!!

  • Nancy

    Thank God for His great love

  • Thanks Brother Ty for the wonderful article. I was thinking and writing down some points on this topic. Reading your article assured me that I have understood it right.

  • Susan Smith

    Love this..I am printing it out and giving a copy to whomever God brings to me that He knows needs it. I need this as well.

  • Amos Benjamin


  • Royal

    Great piece and insightful after comments. May the Lord Jesus give us the longing for more of Him

  • dany

    Amen talking to Him eberyday and growing with himwill help us win

  • dany

    We must grow into his love by hanging out with him like a pal

  • Tyrone

    Hi. Thank you. I have been saved 17 years and throughout I was always busy beating myself and hurting myself until I was spoken to last year. For four years He has been delivering me from a religious spirit that will attempt to get a believer to focus on his problems, on self, and will direct that person to reform self, and to resort to soul/self power. I was leaving a gap open in my belief of the Gospel because it is hardly ever emphasized on how we received sanctification BY FAITH. In the long run, the affected person will beat self, frustrate self, and the religious spirit will attempt to get the person so frustrated that they apostatize. I was told to drink His Love, and to look to Him as He will not give glory to man to fix himself. Thank you for this.

  • Rick B.

    What a beautiful way of stating the promise and you are correct. I feel even in order for a non-saved person to even hear God’s message however it’s presented, they first need that Holy Spirits touch too open their heart so that they can hear you when you deliver God’s Word to them.

  • Kay

    Sin is overcome by the indwelling Holy Spirit fighting our battles for us. We give our will to the Holy Spirit, choosing to let Christ ,who has already won the battle in His life, win it again in our life. It’s a daily, moment by moment choice. Love for Jesus guides us in all things, yes, but if we think that by adding Jesus power to our determination to beat sin we will fail. My only choice is do I want the victory over this particular sin? If I do then I submit my will to the Holy Spirit and let His power do the overcoming. It is always our choice to decide. But only the Holy Spirit wins the battle. There are no magical formulas to beat sin. I like your article but it gives the idea that we can do this (beat sin) on our own. At least that is my impression.

  • Mark Crump

    my friend you are so right i found this out just by living my life i had no power in the flesh to repent of my sins unless GOD himself put the repentance in me. i could not do it this is why i kept falling over and over again with the sins i was in. then i looked up and told GOD THE TRUTH i can’t do this anymore i was completely helpless to stop my own sins.that is why i love ROMANS 5:6 you see at just the right time when we were still powerless CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY.and i underline the word powerless my friend i was completely at the mercy of my sins meaning powerless to stop it without GOD’S help. thank you so much mt brother for telling me what i experienced in my own life and my GOD BLESS
    what you said really spock to me thanks again.

  • Ola Abiodun

    This is simply awesome.
    Bro Ty, you made it extremely simple.
    I know the Holy Spirit achieved this through you,
    so I’m giving Him all the glory.
    But, thank you for allowing yourself to be used for this delivery;
    may the good Lord bless you more.

  • richard

    in the article it mentions that it cant be done on our own or we will fail. all three points mention to surrender (self) and allow change.

  • Approve.

  • Akpofure Okereka

    Thanks for sharing this.
    I’m blessed by it.

  • Daniel

    I was a sinner.. A very bad one..
    I kept on sinning and later regretting my actions afterwards. It wasn’t until I found this article which explains its way around the problem I am having.. God’s work is truly miraculous, that he had forgiven me and gave me a new hope and life

  • Isabel Paz

    Thank you for sharing this article. It gives practical steps on how to overcome sinning with the help of God.

  • Dawn8762

    my story was a little different as I did not share with others due to the heaviness of my sin. I did take a lot of steps to stop sinning but failed. I tried, tried, tried with all the means that I learned from the Bible, not to be alone, not to stay late, busy with works, stay in public places, but… God has his own ways to save us. He brought me into my friend’s crisis, he led me into a life threatening situation, he allowed others to attack me violently,… when I was at my crisis point of my life, one day in July 2005 he granted me the mercy that I never deserved. He took away my addiction by his power. It is a real power from Him. I have not sinned same sin since then for last almost 12 years. There is no more struggle, no more self-restraining, but a complete submission to Him. True forgiveness is from our awesome God who is alive.
    the difference in the third step is that we need His help and true power, not just have faith, but obtain this power of forgiveness.

  • Sarah Kortright

    That is a really insightful perspective. I never really thought about it that way before! I wonder how you are fairing now, two years later. Do you feel like you’re finally free of the religious thinking or do you still struggle with it? I wonder if this is my problem. One thing he touched on was “the strength of sin”- it’s almost like the strength of it is a dead giveaway that, at the heart, the law is at work…which is kind of what you’re saying.

  • Sarah Kortright

    Refreshingly honest. Especially pointing back to the love of God, so often underestimated. Truly need this right now.

  • Ariel E Roldan

    Powerful! Love the simplicity!
    Romans 2 – it is God’s goodness/lovingkindness that leads us to repentance.

  • Darlene

    I agree with Kay down below. Love without being filled by the Holy Spirit will not work in the long run. We are sinful, but God vie the HS is all powerful. And we are ‘comanded’ To let Him fill us every day, and He will fight the battles for me. If I surrender myself fully to Him