We have a certain honor as children of the King. Do not regard it flippantly. Once lost, it is hard to regain.
Proverbs 5:9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years [dignity] to one who is cruel,
Sin begins in the mind. When our thoughts become dark and we dwell on the subject, we are tempted to act on our own evil desires. When we do, we actually sin twice: once with the dwelling and again with the action.
James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire [the thinking], he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin [the doing]; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death [sin destroys us].
We are to “take each thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor.10:5).” How can we do such an seemingly impossible task? Through the process of sanctification:
- to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate–we are set apart by the Holy Spirit and chosen by Him to be His ambassadors.
- to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts–this is the continuous work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
- to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow—Our struggle is what verifies our salvation; without the Holy Spirit, we would not be saved, nor would we have the fight inside.
- to entitle to reverence or respect. As we become more like Christ, we are honored–or ridiculed–as Christians: “little Christs.”
- to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing–this is where we live.
- Christ is making us productive and conducive to His spiritual blessing. Our job is to make His job easier by doing all we can to honor Him in our lives. Let’s begin by finding out who we are, whose we are, and our role in this process by reading God’s Word. Now that we are armed with His revelation, let’s ask the Spirit to reveal to us what to do and how to do it and to do it with us! He will teach us our “triggers” (what tempts us) and how to avoid them. He will also teach us what to do when we are caught yet again in the traps of deception. He loves us and never grows weary in well-doing. He IS patience. Are we glad?!!!