In the last post in this series, I provided a few questions from Thomas Watson’s The Godly Man’s Picture that are designed to help you discover your beloved sin. Hopefully, you spent some time with those question, and, hopefully, they either convicted or helped shed light on that which you might have been unaware. Once you have discovered or admitted your beloved sin, the next step is to determine not to hold onto it.
Once you have discovered or admitted your beloved sin, the next step is to determine not to hold onto it.
You Must Determine Not to Hold Onto to Your Beloved Sin
As Christians, we shouldn’t want anything to come between us and God. But that’s exactly what happens when we hold onto sin in our lives. It comes between us and God, stealing our affections away from Him, and hindering our worship and fellowship.
John Owen, another Puritan says,
The unmortified soul [or the one who leaves sin unchecked] cannot say uprightly and truly that God is its portion, having something else that it loves. The soul and its affections, that should be full of God, cannot be full of Him, since it is entangled in worldly pursuits. 
As Christians, we can’t hold onto sin. We have to let go of our grip and seek to remove it from our lives.
But how? How do we remove sin from our lives? We have to do battle with it. How do we do that? We answer that question in the next post in this series.
Question for Reflection
- Are you determined to remove sin from your life no matter the cost or effort?
Post adapted from my sermon: How Do We Deal with Recurring Sin in Our Lives?
 John Owen, The Mortification of Sin, 23.