After you are born again you still remain in a natural body of flesh and blood which is prone to commit sin. Every person, from the time of rebirth, must war against the temptation to commit sins of the flesh or natural man, because as long as you remain in your natural body, that possibility exists.
The biggest and toughest battle is against the besetting sin. The sin that you have always known as your weak point, before and after being born again. It’s the hidden one that no one but you and I and possibly a best friend or relative, know about. … I have instructed you to … “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset (you),” Hebrews 12:1. These sins have a cockroach nature in the fact that they hate light and remain hidden until they can safely come out under the cover of darkness or privacy. These are the weights, the little fleshly habits, that your flesh drags around, always holding you back from My ultimate power and plan for your life.
Don’t beg Me to forgive you for these, because you are already forgiven, you just haven’t laid them aside yet. When you deny yourself the pleasure of these sins, by laying them down, you can walk tall in the Spirit. But what about the one besetting sin, king cockroach, that secret sin that seems to disappear, sometimes for months, only to suddenly reappear, taking you by surprise, at an unguarded moment. King cockroach will fight to the last breath, because he has convinced you that he is a necessary part of your life and personality. It’s the one sin, you say, I am suppose to understand, because that’s just the way you are.
I am talking about that trait, that no matter how hard you try to convince yourself, it’s ok, My Spirit don’t buy it. It holds you back from reaching your full potential. It steals your joy and peace. It turns of your kids and spouse . It makes you judgmental. It flares up in anger from deep inside. I’m not going give you an example, because you know right now, the one I am talking about. Yes, that’s the one, the one that’s coming to mind right now. My Spirit never stops mentioning it, and when you are almost convinced, king cockroach runs for his life, back deep into hiding, in your soul. That’s when you deflect the light to someone else, saying, I’m okay, because look at so-in-so they do this or that!
In order to capture and destroy king cockroach, you must recognize it to be 100% from the kingdom of darkness, and hell itself! You must want to kill it with all that is within you! Then get mature members of the body to deliver you, with you using the supernatural weapon of tongues, letting My Spirit take it to Father. You must trust Me fully, when I say, it is not an acceptable and never a necessary part of your personality, never give it a place to hide. Never use the phrase, “that’s just me” because king cockroach says, “oh good I can stay”, you just made a place for Me. “Leave no such room or foothold for the devil give no opportunity to him,” Ephesians 4:27 (AMP)
Getting rid of king cockroach is not easy and many times you will say, “I discern in my bodily members in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh.  O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from the shackles of this body of death?” Romans 7:23-24.
I WILL deliver you, because, “there is now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live and walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit,” Romans 8:1 (AMP). Remember king cockroach cannot stand light, shedding light on him will make him run. Confessing him as sin and using My name sheds light. If you never make king cockroach feel welcome and comfortable by giving him a dark place to hide, he will eventually leave and you will have finally laid aside your besetting sin.
It is important to remember, during this process, do not let the enemy separate you, by telling you that you are the only person with a besetting sin, because just remember, “If anyone says that they have no sin, they deceive themselves, and the truth is not in them.  If (you) confess your sins, (I am) faithful and just to forgive your sins, and to cleanse (you) from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:8-9. You are no different because all have sinned, and come short of My glory!
Never give up and king cockroach will eventually leave!
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|