What is Your Signature Sin?

They say we each have a signature sin. You know, like a chef’s specialty dish, one of those things that differentiates you from the others. There is one particular sin that defines you and makes you. The one you turn to again and again, the one you’ve developed to ugly perfection.

 

Chocolate. Coffee. Spaghetti. French Fries. Pizza.

Asking me to define my signature sin is like asking me to pick a favorite food.

Impossible.

I adore the many tantalizing flavors this life has to offer as deeply as I detest the sinfulness that creeps into my heart when I least expect it.

 

But to pick just one that I love or hate above all others? 

 

Impossible.

This whole idea of a signature sin catapulted itself into my life when I offered to review a book for a friend.

I had barely opened the book when the concept leapt off the pages and dove straight into my heart.

 

“They say we each have a signature sin. You know, like a chef’s specialty dish, one of those things that differentiates you from the others. There is one particular sin that defines you and makes you. The one you turn to again and again, the one you’ve developed to ugly perfection.” Arabah Joy – Trust Without Borders.

 

Let’s see here, could mine be pride?

My heart craves recognition, and once I get a taste of it, I’m transformed into a kid in a candy store.

I want more, more, more!

But that certainly couldn’t be my signature sin, because I am plagued by so many other sinful tendencies.

…a judgemental heart, a controlling spirit, an impatient soul….

 

Just as a fly fisherman casts his line upon the waters to entice the fish below, the enemy is constantly luring me into his traps.

 

I sin….alot…and so do you!

 

They say we each have a signature sin. You know, like a chef’s specialty dish, one of those things that differentiates you from the others. There is one particular sin that defines you and makes you. The one you turn to again and again, the one you’ve developed to ugly perfection.

 

No matter what your signature sin is, or if you are, like me, unable to choose from the endless buffet of options, there is a path that leads to freedom.

When we’ve tried everything in our power to wriggle free from the hook and failed, it’s time for us to surrender to the only One who can truly set us free.

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Arabah Joy’s book entitled “Trust without Borders” is filled with powerful stories that direct our attention to an even more powerful God. Arabah’s book shows us that we can trust God’s intentions, and when we learn to do that the spark of faith becomes a flame.

 

Arabah Joy’s book entitled “Trust without Borders” is filled with powerful stories that direct our attention to an even more powerful God.

Arabah’s book shows us that we can trust God’s intentions, and when we learn to do that the spark of faith becomes a flame.

A flame that cannot be contained, a faith that cannot be quelled!

 

 

 

Her writing challenged me to develop a deeper understanding of who God is so that I can trust Him even in the dark.

When blackness closes in and I fear that I’ve lost my way, all I need to do is put on my faith-vision goggles and look to the One who is never without sight.

 

But here’s a little-known truth about faith…it must be practiced.

 

Just like a baby on the verge of taking their very first step, we must tenaciously and repetitively practice our faith if we ever hope to succeed.

 

 

I was so appreciative to Arabah for generously giving me a free copy of her book to review, that I promised I would pay it forward by purchasing a copy off of Amazon for one of my readers.

Because we could all benefit from 40-days of learning to trust God more.

Maybe it will be you?

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.” Romans 15:13

 

Chocolate. Coffee. Spaghetti. French Fries. Pizza. Asking me to define my signature sin is like asking me to pick a favorite food. Impossible. I adore the many tantalizing flavors this life has to offer as deeply as I detest the sinfulness that creeps into my heart when I least expect it. But to pick just one that I love or hate above all others?

 

Do you struggle to trust the Lord? Are you longing for freedom from your signature sin?

I would love to have a conversation with you about it in the comments.

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49 thoughts on “What is Your Signature Sin?

  1. I think my signature – or besetting – sin is greed. Although it could be pride, judgement, or laziness. Yes, I’m at the buffet table on that one. But I try not to think about it that way. Once my husband preached about being a sinner and a brother approached him afterwards, saying that it’s not biblically accurate. Once we are in Christ, we are a new creation. Yes, we sin, but we are not sinners. My husband studied it out and asked a few theologians and found out that it’s true!

    Yes, it’s probably a technicality and I’m not writing it here as a correction in any way. But I mention it because it freed this brother in a way that he never was before.

    And that has pretty much nothing to do with your post (chuckle). The book looks amazing. I would love to win a copy.

    1. I agree 100% with what you are saying, although believers still sin…they are no longer defined by their sin. I am going to change the way I state this in my post for clarity. Thank you so much for pointing that out to me. I appreciate your perspective and insight on the issue, and wish you all the best with the drawing!

      1. Hi Sarah! I’ll try again. I was going to pop back in anyway to say that I definitely wasn’t trying to correct your beautifully-written post with my comment (which I know you know). Just sharing. 🙂 Hugs!

        1. Jennie, I appreciate you pointing that out to me….and please don’t hesitate to do so again in the future. I want to be as Biblically accurate in my writing as possible. I much prefer the way it is stated now anyway! Have a blessed day.

    1. I know, it is a loaded question. Food for thought, though! I noticed my rafflecopter giveaway tool wasn’t working properly when you visited my site, hope you swing back by for additional entries! Blessings to you.

  2. Wow! My signature sin? Can I narrow it down? Where do we start? Such a loaded question, thank you for giving me something to mull over.
    Thanks also for the giveaway opportunity.
    Jaime

  3. I believe my signature sin would be a judgmental heart (very sad but true), and pride… and all of the above. Thank you for the reminder, it was a great article to read. I will check out the book as well.

    1. Sometimes just putting words to what we already know to be true is the first step towards finding freedom. God has promised us access to so many supernatural resources, and I believe He does want us to live in freedom from our signature sins. Thank you for stopping by today, I just know you will love the book!

  4. In find it hard to admit my specialty sin..but there us a saying we are as sick as our secrets.. I say mine is lacking self control with anger when I feel disrespected..ouch always! But I love how God transforms our worst qualities! The book looks enriching!

    1. It is so tempting to hide our sin, isn’t it Kathy! Way to go being brave today…..God honors our efforts to reveal the ugly. I hadn’t ever thought of it in so many words, but being disrespected is a huge trigger for me too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am going through a very difficult time in my life my husband is in prison for something he didn’t do and trusting God is all I can do right now. By reading this it can be a daily reminder that God is working and I just need to trust Him

  6. Oh my, what a powerful thing to ponder upon! Thank you for this post today… need this book! #livefreeThursday

  7. Hi Sarah!
    I have not read Arabah’s devotional book, but I very much want to do so since reading your review. This sounds like a great challenge to work through.
    Thanks!
    Pam

  8. Maybe our signature sin is focusing on sin instead of the one who forgives it???? I focus on myself Way. Too. Much. I love that you have given us this to ponder on, Sarah.

    1. What a beautiful perspective, Cindy. You are so right, we must always be on guard against focusing our energy on anything that distracts us from the Awesomeness of our God.

  9. Wow! I’ve never thought about myself as having a “signature sin,” but I do. Immediately, my toes started feeling stepped on and my heart was a little uneasy. Honestly, I am thankful though, because this creates a greater awareness of where I need to submit more to God. Thank you for this, Sarah! Blessings to you!

    1. Don’t you love it when a blog post stops all over your toes?!? I do my blog reading first thing in the morning, and sometimes I simply haven’t had enough coffee to deal with deep subjects like signature sin….so thanks for sticking with me 😉 It is an interesting concept, and I have enjoyed mulling it over throughout the past few weeks.

  10. Thank you, I too couldn’t pick my “one” main sin. It was nice to know that I am not alone in my struggle.

  11. My sin is Worry. Every time. I am a constant worrier and worst case scenario kind of gal. I am constantly repeating Luke 12:25 to myself ‘Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?’ The comfort in that.

    1. Worry is so draining, isn’t it Stephanie? I am a planner, so I often fight the urge to get 10 steps ahead of where I should be. Planning can tip over into worry in a heartbeat if we aren’t careful. It is so important that we spend time in God’s Word and search for truth to free us from the snares that entrap us.

  12. I would benefit so greatly in spending time in Word. My signature sin is elusive too. I don’t know if I just have one. I know I am stubborn and seem to want my own way a lot. I am also impatient and want things now. I am praying through these issues.

    1. I respect your honesty, Mary. I am pretty stubborn too. It can be a good quality if we soak up the truth of God’s word and get stubborn about all the right things, though 🙂 Blessings to you.

  13. I too (unfortunately) have too many sins to list, but if I had to name the most problematic, it would be thinking that I’m always right, correct, being a know it all- so pride basically!! I have been truly working on it & with the help of the Lord I am getting much better. Everyday I ask the Lord to keep me humble & whenever I feel it coming on I stop myself, I pray about it & ask God for his help & I try not to be so quick to open my mouth!!! It’s a daily struggle but my Heavenly Father helps me tremendously & keeps me humble!

    1. I can relate to so much of what you are saying, Stefani. It is important that we stay humble and pray for freedom from our sinfulness. God is so faithful, and always there to show us a better way.

  14. My signature sin? The seven deadly ones come to mind! Jokes aside, this is a big issue for me, and the book sounds like one I could really benefit from reading. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Yes, it is difficult to choose just one. But I love the fact that we are no longer defined by our sins, even though we still struggle with them. Good luck with the drawing!

  15. Hello Dear Sarah,

    Signature sins? Oh my! How honest do you want me to be? I may run away from this website. :o)

    I sooo relate to your take on becoming a kid in a candy store over recognition. What is that? Oh well, thank God for His precious and efficacious blood which washes away all of our sins. Hallelujah!! (Had to get a shout in there!) :o)

    Blessings to you, my dear sis, for your candor and honesty. Thanks for being brave and for keepin’ it real!

    Holla!
    Tiffiney

    1. You are too funny. And not the first one who was tempted to run away when they saw this “conversation starter.” I remember when I first read about signature sins in AJ’s book. I had to put it down for a second and digest. Kid in a candy store…that’s me….well a reformed kid in a candy store. Thanks for adding your thoughts to the conversation, I always appreciate your perspective!

  16. Oh, Sarah! I said OUCH to myself as I began to read your post. I’m thinking I need to read her book! I thought I had AJ’s book already … but I looked through my Kindle titles and didn’t find it. I went ahead and purchased and downloaded it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, good for you Dianne! It’s a great read, AJ is a brilliant storyteller. I said ouch as I wrote this post, so I hear you….admitting our sin is humbling, but also freeing! Blessings to you.

  17. Boy, I do not like the thought of being known by a particular sin! I’d much rather be known as one who leans on the Lord.

    That being said, I guess every time pride rears its ugly head, it might be looking at me. My prayer and my aim is to run from it.

  18. When I was younger, I ate a slice of pumpkin pie…I have always loved pumpkin pie! Well…this piece of pie, while it looked good, it had gone BAD…so bad! Just thinking about it makes me want to vomit. It was disgusting! But I ate it. And I kept eating it because I thought I had to. How much is this story like me and my sin? At first, it looks delicious – I fantasize about enjoying every morsel. But then when I bite into it and begin chewing, the rotting and putrid mouthful is enough to make me sick. But I’ve already bitten into it – I have to finish it…such deception! Great post. Thanks for linking up to Grace and Truth.

  19. Wow. “Signature sin” hit me like a brick. So many popped into my head. I’ve decided that if I win the free book, I’m going to pay it forward also and purchase one off Amazon. May do that now anyway. Wow. Just wow.

  20. Thank you for sharing this at #100HappyDays! I have been wanting to buy Arabah’s book! I would love to be able to trust God more!

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