I'm glad you recognize habitual sin as a problem, that's a good start!
Can we really break free from sins grip? How?
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
Certainly not! How shall we
who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ
Jesus were baptized into His death?
So of course, being saved by grace doesn't mean you continue in sin. Our lives are to
be lived for the One who bought us. We are to be radically changed from what
we were before we met Christ. That doesn't mean we trust that "change" to justify
us. No matter how wonderful a change God has done in us, it will always be
incomplete until we see Him face to face. Our trust and confidence can
never be in the flesh or our own efforts (or in the change of life God did in us
or "our" actions), but only in the work of the cross.
Galatians spells that out real well... having begun in the Spirit, by faith, we
will not be made perfect through our efforts to keep the law, but rather through
faith- by the same Spirit that gave us new birth we will be completed and mature
in Him. So yes we are saved by grace, and always will be, but how do we break
No matter what area you are having trouble with...
Sexual temptation, greed and materialism, anger, doubt..
the answer is the same for all of us. Though there are specific
instructions in the Bible about each of these sins and most all problems you are
struggling with, the underlying problem in overcoming all of them is that the flesh
is weak, and we need help. The only help that will do the job is walking
in the Spirit with our heavenly Father through the relationship that has been
restored through the Son.
We do need to be immersed in the Word of God to find His wisdom for our
particular situation, but the Bible "alone" is not the answer. In other
words reading it without applying it will do you no good. The Bible points
us to and explains an "engagement of hearts" with God the Father. That is
the goal, our reconciliation with our estranged heavenly Father through the
Son's sacrifice and atonement!
All the commentaries and books, the fancy answers and long drawn out
discussions all boil down to one thing: without Him we can do nothing. God
wants you to know Him, to walk with him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There is no other solution but Christ in us, the hope of glory. Sounds too
simple, but no matter the specifics of the solution to your problems and sins,
you can only carry them out with His help, you will only carry them out if He
inspires you and strengthens you to do so.