As we press on to maturity our attitude and right understanding of the process is important to keep us from getting discouraged with our progress. The key word is “train,” not “try,” we are training ourselves to be holy, not trying harder. In the process we will blow it and sin, and the natural response is to feel like a failure and give up, but what we need to do is humbly confess to God the details of our sin, and accept His forgiveness. Even if it is the 400th time that we have committed the same sin, we need to humbly declare to God that we did it, no excuses.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin.
Proverbs 24:16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
Psalms 37:24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.
It is important that we don’t make our confession a superficial act of religion, glossing over our sin because God forgives it. If I pray about my sin, remembering it, remembering what led up to it, I will grieve over my sin and the fact that this is the 400th time I have done this same exact sin.
When I have a prayer time of confession I will often pray on my knees as an act of contrition. I end my confession prayer times with a plea to God for His strength because I desire with all my heart to be holy as He is holy.
Sincere confession results in a growing determination and resolve to conquer this sin, insincere, superficial, rote confession results in comfortableness with our own sinfulness and apathy towards getting rid of it.
Psalms 51:1-4 Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.
Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.