Before coming to Christ, we lived in a state of rebellion. We were rebellious by nature. Christ changed all that!
12 “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! 13 I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.”
This is how we were:
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. Ephesians 2:1-3 NLT
But, once we came to Christ for forgiveness and new life, the Holy Spirit now resides in us giving us a heart of flesh (we’re alive) and has removed our stone-dead hearts (Ezekiel 36:26).
Our new nature is based on love (John 13:34-35). We now live in a state of loving God and loving others. When we are rebellious, we put on the grave clothes from which we were delivered. Rebellion is NOT our nature, and we should be able to strip it off like old clothes, just like a dirty old coat. Look what Jesus said to do to Lazarus:
43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” John 11:43-44 NLT
Paul makes much over us putting off our old self and putting on the new self:
22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:22-24 NLT
Like I said yesterday, don’t wait for a feeling. Make a conscious, deliberate decision to do things God’s way. As you change the way you think, I promise that it will change the way you feel. If anything, we have the satisfaction of thwarting Satan in his schemes to drag us back into sin. May we all have success in whatever battle field we are fighting.
Abba, I pray for my brothers and sisters that You would give them victory in whatever area of life that is giving them trouble. May they never lose the desire to win in that area even if it takes their entire lives! To know that You are in there right alongside us fighting with us gives us courage, strength, and the will to keep going. Thank You for giving us all we need to be victorious, LORD. May we realize that we WIN just by being with You and leaning on You in our times of need. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP. Remind me again and again, Abba. I love You. Amen.