As pastor's we speak with countless people working through destructive habits they cannot seem to overcome. In my own life I can think of some personal battles that I have had to walk through, and in the midst of the pain, it felt hopeless. But, I am a person who chooses to be brave enough to surrender my life to Christ. I choose to relinquish my own "right" to control how I live; in order to follow God's lead in my life. I choose to live for Him and His cause. I recently saw a post on Face Book that called Christians weak for needing a God to lead them. But, any fool can run around and make choices. It takes courage to surrender and walk in obedience.
Before I accepted Christ, my heart was burdened, I was angry, and insecure. I can honestly say that in the 18 years that I have served Christ; I am no longer those things. Do I ever deal with those sins? Yes, from time to time; but they are not who I am, on a daily basis I am at peace with those in my life, I have a joy I never had before Christ, and I am confident that Christ lives in me and I am His. So overall, I would say I am free.
John Chapter 7
6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c]that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Once I became a Christian, I went from being of the world, to being in the world. My values and my morals are not what society tells me is right; it is the Bible that tells me how to live. I fail at being the very essence of who Jesus is, more than I would like. This is why I still need the forgiveness of Christ. But, I am not ruled by sin; I am not a slave to it. When we are on our own we are slaves to sin, but the moment that we invite Christ to lead us, we become sons and daughters of God. In history a slave had no inheritance from the family he or she served. But as a member of the family you share in the birthright. We get to share in the birthright of Christ. What better motivation do you need?
So if you are battling with habitual sin, and you are a Christ follower; than lay it at the feet of Christ and leave it there. The Bible says that true freedom comes through confession. We must confess our sins to God, have accountability in place, and spend daily time in the Word and in prayer. We do not just do these things till we feel in control; it is a never-ending process. And through this we will take on the very nature of Jesus, and we will not be ruled by the world, we will influence the world.
Life is Beautiful!!!