Encouragement for Those Struggling with Sin

Awhile back I put together this list of songs, verses, quotes, and sermons that helped (and still help) me when I’m trying to fix my focus on God and get out of a rut of sin or slackness in my relationship with God.  I’m sharing it here so it will all be in one place for you; I hope you find it helpful!



“Forgive Me” Tenth Avenue North


“More Than Conquerers” Rend Collective


“Move (Keep Walkin’)“ Toby Mac


“Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” David Crowder


“Strong Love” Jon Thurlow


“Hello, My Name Is” Matthew West


“Come Thou Fount” Chris Rice


“Need You Now (How Many Times)” Plumb


“How He Loves” David Crowder


“You Are My Hiding Place” Selah


“Shackles” MaryMary


“No Longer Slaves to Fear” Bethel


“Greater” MercyMe


“I Am Not the Same” Unhindered


“Eye of the storm” Ryan Stevenson


“Desert Soul” Rend Collective


“Oh Fear (My God is Near)” Moriah Peters


“Grace Wins” Matthew West


“Drops in the Ocean” Hawk Nelson


“Priceless” For King and Country


“Just Be Held” Casting Crowns


“Loyal” Lauren Daigle


“You Will Never Run” Rend Collective


“Beloved” Jordan Feliz


“Day One” Matthew West


“Beloved” Tenth Avenue North


“Fix My Eyes” For King and Country


“You Raise Me Up” Selah


“Alabaster Jar” Rend Collective


“How Can It Be” Lauren Daigle


“Ever Be” Bethel


“Testify” NeedToBreathe


“Second Chance” Rend Collective


“Jesus, Friend of Sinners” Casting Crowns


“Same Power” Jeremy Camp


“One Thing Remains” Jesus Culture


“Mended” Matthew West


“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” Selah


“Trembling” About a Mile


“The Cost” Rend Collective


“Beautiful Things” Gungor


“Stronger” Mandisa


“I Choose Jesus” Moriah Peters


“Call it Grace” Unspoken


“The List” Matthew West


“God is on the Move” 7eventh Time Down


“I Want It All Back” Tye Tribett


“Alone” Hollyn ft. TRU




Don’t Stop on 6—Steven Furtick


I Am—Steven Furtick


How to Love the Mud—Steven Furtick


Hold That Thought—Steven Furtick (Yeah, he’s my pastor 🙂 )


Fix Your Mind—John Allison

I can’t figure out how to link that specific sermon, but here’s a link to Redeemer sermons, and this one was on 08.16.2015


Hello from the Other Side—Steven Furtick


Beating Burnout—Steven Furtick


Find Your Flow—Steven Furtick

I actually don’t remember what this one was about, but I know I probably listened to it 5 times. http://elevationchurch.org/sermons/find-your-flow/

Be the Vessel—Jentezen Franklin



Jeremiah 31:3 NLT

“Long ago the Lord said to Israel: ‘I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.  With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”

Philippians 3:14 NLT

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

2 Timothy 2:13 NKJV

“If we are faithless, He is faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”

Psalm 27:13-14 NLT

“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.  Wait patiently for the Lord.  Be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Psalm 69:13-15 NLT

“But I keep praying to you, Lord, hoping this time you will show me favor.  In your unfailing love, O God, answer my prayer with your sure salvation.  Rescue me from the mud; don’t let me sink any deeper! Save me from those who hate me, and pull me from these deep waters.  Don’t let the floods overwhelm me, or the deep waters swallow me, or the pit of death devour me.”

2 Samuel 22:17-20 MSG

“But me He caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out of that clean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning.  They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me.  He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!”

1 Corinthians 1:8 NLT

“He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”

Hosea 10:12 NKJV

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”

1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Psalm 18:19b NKJV

“He delivered me because He delighted in me.”

Joshua 23:10 NKJV

“One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.”

Zechariah 2:8 NKJV

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.”

Micah 7:18-19 NKJV

“Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.  He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities.  You will cast our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV

“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

Psalm 18:29 NLT

“In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.”

Psalm 32:5 NKJV

“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”

Psalm 51:10 NLT

“Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

Psalm 55:16-18 NKJV

“As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me.  Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.  He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.”

Psalm 119:11 NIV

“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:40-41,58 NKJV

“Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord; let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven.  O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life.”

Romans 12:2 NKJV

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Romans 13:14 NKJV

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV

“No temptation has overtaken except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Galatians 2:20 NKJV

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Galatians 5:16-17 NKJV

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

Philippians 2:13 NLT

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”

Philippians 3:12-14 MSG

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.  But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.  Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in any of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus.  I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

Colossians 3:1-3 NKJV

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3 NKJV

“But God is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

1 Timothy 6:11-12 NKJV

“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

2 Timothy 2:21 NASB

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

1 Peter 1:13-16 NKJV

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope full upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’”

1 Peter 2:9 NASB

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”


“Admit it.  Confess it.  Own it.  But don’t stay stuck in it.  It’s not who you are.”—Steven Furtick

“What they say doesn’t define who I am.  God loves me with the same love in the middle of my sin as when I’m close in fellowship with him.”—Don’t remember

“When we do meet difficulties and sorrows, they were not meant to stop us but to form the character required for our great harvest in the coming season.”—Beth Moore

“It is better to have the opportunity of victory than to be spared the struggle.” Amelia E. Barr

“I’m too bright to burn out.”—Steven Furtick

“It’s not about competing with others.  It’s about competing with myself.  If everyday I am a step ahead of my old self, I’m winning.”—Don’t remember

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I'm a writer who publishes my thoughts on the life I'm living, literature I'm reading, and God I'm serving. Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

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