1. Sin has great power over our flesh. 2. Sin easily entangles us because it is so close. 3. Sin does not remain separate but it mingles in all our motives and all our actions (and it will 'mingle' in among the Church).
Dealing With Habitual Sin:
1. Don't underestimate the seriousness of your sin. 2. Strongly purpose and promise God not to sin. 3. Be suspicious of your own spirituality. 4. Resist the first risings of the flesh and its pleasures. 5. Be immediately repentant over your lapses.
2 Corinthians 7:1 says, "Let us cleanse ourselves of all filthiness of the flesh.,,"
Ephesians 4:22 "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;"
Romans 6:12 "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."
1 Peter 2:1 commends, "Laying aside... all evil." Verse 11, "Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul."
Verses on how to deal with sin in the church (esp. OPEN sin) -
Matthew 18:15-17 "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican."
Verses on how the Church should be 'separate' from the world -
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you."
The church should not be seen to support overt sin -
1 Thess. 5:21-23 "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
My blessings to all - we are all in this 'race' together:
James 1:2-3 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."
2 Timothy 2:26 "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."