If someone held a gun to your head and told you to not get on a certain porn website, would you struggle to obey that order? That's not likely. You would not have a certain "sinful nature" that would force that enforcer to kill you because you left him no choice as you **had to** go watch that porn. No, that would not happen. You would not come up with any sinful nature excuse. It's only the evil desires in your heart and your willingness to satisfy those evil desires that you would need to overcome in order to not get shot. You would make the conscious choice to not get shot and die that day for the foolishness of watching a few minutes of porn.
Then why do you struggle to obey God who also tells you the same thing with no gun pointed to your head?
That tells you whom you fear. Especially, that tells you that you do not fear God. His word is not in you. You may have the words of men presenting a package of bible verses to you that you know well, but God's word is still not in your heart to direct you. It has found no place in you if you have had itching ears and have preferred fables over the truth of God's word (John 8:37; 2 Timothy 4:3-4).
I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
You have been "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7). You have never heeded this word to prove that you are truly a disciple of Jesus:
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (from sin).
Just like these people Jesus was speaking to, you'd rather have gotten Him killed also for telling you the truth that shed light on you sin so you could come out of the darkness to follow Him, the light of the world (John 8:12) and be saved.
But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: Abraham did not do this.
So you could fear a man and make the right choice and the right behavior would follow, but you do not fear God so much as to have that same result. And neither would the behavior itself save you if your heart is still not right before God... An armed man who is commanding you would only be concerned with your behavior. But God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). That's why it is written:
"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:8)
It's clear that your mind that approves of your sin (because you see nothing wrong with it) and your heart that is evil (loving the pleasures of sin more than Jesus) is where your sin problem is, not in a nature that you cannot change. You were NOT born this way (addicted to evil things). But you have indulged your evil desires and your sin has captured and bound you!
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant does not abide in the house forever: but the Son abides ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
Maybe you never heard this:
And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
The wages of sin is still death (Romans 6:23 - bad news), but because of God's mercy to save souls (good news), He doesn't strike you dead with lightning the moment you think to touch that keyboard or mouse to feed your pornography addiction. But if you don't believe the bad news, you cannot either appreciate God's mercy and turn to Him to obey Him because you love Him (John 14:15). So then you cannot understand Jesus' sacrifice as a demonstration of God's love indeed (Romans 5:6-8) and purpose to return that John 3:16 love with everything in you! You do that when you are done doing your own will and living for yourself and give your life to God. That's the meaning of losing your life for Jesus' sake and the sake of the gospel (Mark 8:34-35). That's where you repent and stop being a rebel but become obedient to God out of love! Jesus said "IF you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). 'If' implies you have a choice that you can make. But if you will not submit yourself to God in humility, you will not receive his grace either (Titus 2:11-14) that will give you victory over sin, for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6-7).
11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, who fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he fears not before God.
And what happened to these word of Jesus? Are they instructions to anyone or cancelled by other things believers believe?
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna.
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Sin begins first in the heart:
12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him (John 14:15). 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. 16 Do not go astray, my beloved brethren.
2 Corinthians 5:8-11
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Therefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him (well pleasing to him). 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
2 Timothy 2:24-26
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, able to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God possibly will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
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