The only thing keeping the Isrealites from taking the land of Jericho were the mighty walls of the city. God wanted the Israelites to conquer and inhabit the land so as to live in freedom and in relationship with Him. God wants us to live in freedom and to do that we must tear down the “Walls of Jericho” in our lives. Besetting Sins are those sins inside of us that are always tempting us, always ravaging our souls of the innocence God wants for us. They are that one nagging “thing” keeping us from a totally sincere and passionate relationship with Christ. Sometimes it’s not just one; maybe there are three or four sins that are particularly troublesome for your interior life. They could involve the senses like lust or gluttony or they could be something like vanity or gossip. The point is they have become “high walls” to our will and our heart, and even though we don’t want them to be part of our life, we have let them become a stronghold that needs to be conquered to live in freedom and love.
What are your besetting sins? You most likely have some idea of what they may be. Usually it is the one thing you have confessed over and over again. If it is something physical then it is probably much easier to recognize but maybe not much easier to fight. We need to remember that it could take years to conquer, but if we remain faithful to God, He will cause the walls to crumble and we will gain more freedom and strength for the next battle.
Here are some thoughts on conquering our “Besetting Sins”:
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.