Sometimes your struggle with habitual sin has to do with demonic entry.
Have you ever been in a place where you can’t seem to stop thinking that way, or doing that thing you know is wrong; and you repent and confess, and you tell God, “I don’t want to do this anymore”, but when you’re tempted again, you fall again?
It feels like it’s more than a temptation, it’s like someone is pushing you, it’s like you’re being compelled.
If this is you, you need to understand sin and how demonic entry works. Once you sin enough, demons are legally able to come into your soul and compel you to continue in sin. This is why you “struggle”. Yes, it’s a flesh thing, but it’s also a demon thing too.
Demons are attracted to people who practice the sins they like. If you love to lie, you’ll eventually get a lying spirit. If you manipulate people, you’ll eventually get a spirit of Jezebel. I won’t go into demonology here, but the fact of the matter is, the bible makes us aware that demons exist and they have a legal right to live out their wicked desires through us if we participate in sin.
I know so because I used to struggle with pornography until I realized it wasn’t me wanting to look at porn and masturbate, it was the demons that I had allowed in. I had been through the cycles of guilt, confession and repentance, and yet there was still this compelling force to go back to porn—that was the demon.
Sure, after long and repeated exposure to a particular sin you’ve built up an appetite for it, and you’ll still feel tempted to sin after you confess and repent, but that strong compelling force is not you, it’s a demon and you have to cast that out.
You’ve got to take authority over it in the name of Jesus because he said:
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19).
I promise you, once you command the demon(s) of lust, selfishness, gluttony, covetousness, homosexuality, pride, slumber, perversion, fornication, porn or whatever you’re dealing with to go, in the name of Jesus, they will go and you won’t have that strong inclination to return back to sin again—you won’t feel that strong compelling force anymore.
You’ll still be tempted every now and then, but it won’t be as strong, and you’ll be less likely to fall because, now, you don’t have that “fifth column” from within plotting your destruction.
After you’ve delivered yourself (through the power of God), you’ll rely on the Holy Spirit to keep you from falling. You’ll stay free by going to him every time you’re tempted. If you follow these steps, you’ll be successful in overcoming temptation and sin. Remember:
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Cor 10:13 NKJV).
God always gives us a way of escape.
We have to constantly acknowledge our weaknesses before God and pick up the power of the Holy Spirit to live righteously (Galatians 5:16,18). We cannot overcome sin in our flesh, if this were possible, Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die on the cross.
If you don’t feel a sense of newness or freshness after deliverance, go on a short fast (perhaps 3 days, water only) and then command them to go. Jesus said that some spirits don’t go out but through fasting and prayer (Matthew 17:21 KJV). Visit this article on fasting here.