(This message is from the web site of the Hope Baptist Church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and was such a help to me, I translated it to English so others may read it also.)
You will be able to identify and overcome the sins that enslave you, thus pleasing and glorifying the Lord, only after experiencing spiritual rebirth and start obeying Scripture (Rom. 6:6-7, 1 Corinthians 2:14, James 1.21-25, 2 Peter 1.2-11) .
I. Features of an enslaving sin
A. Do you still practice this sin, even though you have tried to stop it before? (Not considering 1Co 6:12)
B. You still do it and then blame others for your failure or you blame circumstances? (diregarding Mk 7.20-23, Romans 14:12).
C. Do you deny that what we are doing is sin. (1 Peter 1:16 )
D. You convince yourself that that sin has no power over you, since you do not commit it with the same frequency. ( Jn 14:15; 1Ts4.7; 2 Tim 2:22)
A. You continue to sin and even find pleasure and personal satisfaction in it. (Rom 14.7-8 , James 1:14-15).
B. You go on in this sin, though you know it is not edifying.
C. You continue to practice it, although you know that the Word of God says you must stop sinning, because God’s provision is sufficient to free you from slavery (excludes 2 Tim 3:16-17).
D. You repeatedly commit this sin even though that is not pleasing to the Lord and much less glorifying to God (Col. 1:10 disregards).
II. The human point of view about the enslaving sins
A. The philosophy of the world teaches that your behavior is “undesireable behavior” (what the Bible calls sin) and it is caused by a “disease” or “predisposition” that you need to learn to live with.
B. However, the plans to overcome these problems are based on natural , or human wisdom, without regard to the power of God and the guidance of His Word. These “solutions” exalt man and do not please the Lord in all things things.
III. Wrong explanations men offer for enslaving sins
A. Certain individuals have a genetic predisposition to certain “preferences”, so they are not responsible for the resulting acts (explanation for homosexuality)
B. Certain problems are “diseases” and need to be treated as such (explanation for fears, depression, phobias, alcohol abuse)
C. Due to a persons “personality type”, each person tends to act in a predetermined way (explananing fits of anger, depression, worry, mood swings)
IV. Some results if you remain a slave to sin
A. God does not guarantee that you He will hear your prayers or respond to your requests (Ps 66:18, Prov 28.9; Isaiah 59:1-2)
B. You lose the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51.8-12)
C. You’ll be sadder and sadder, and your life will become more difficult (Pv1.24-32, 13:15; 28.13-14)
D. You put yourself under the corrective discipline of the Lord (Hebrews 12.5-11)
GOD DESTROYED THE POWER OF SATAN
Satan has great power as the evil prince of this world. Jesus Christ, by His atoning death and victorious resurrection, overcame the power of Satan. This victory was granted to all who are in Christ (believers) and is at your disposal (Romans 6:5-6, 2 Corinthians 4:4; Heb 2:14-15).
I. The features and the power of Satan
A. Sinner from the beginning (1 John 3:8)
B. Father of lies and a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44)
C. Impostor-looking angel of light (2 Cor 11:14)
D. Instigator of the fall of man (Gen. 3:1-6)
A. He is the god, the prince and the deceiver of this world (2 Cor 4:4; John 12:31, Rev. 12:9)
II. The limitations and the trial of Satan
A. Is subject to the power of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 2:9-10)
B. Can do and possess what God only permits (Job 1:7-12)
C. Was cursed by God, will be judged and cast into the lake of fire (Gen. 3:14-15, John 16.7-1, Matthew 25:41)
D. Though he may try a believer, the believer has the unmatched power of Christ and can then defeat Satan in every temptation without sinning (1 John 4.4, 1 Corinthians 10:13