Imagine yourself as a homeless, crack addict, full of shame and sin. For years, living on the streets doing whatever it took to get your next fix. Then one day, out of no where a man takes you to his mansion and says to you, “For now on, you will live with me, anything you need, just ask.” The first day is great, but after the honeymoon wears off, you find your self still falling into your bad habits. You start to steal from your benefactor, you start to distrust him, you say to yourself, “I don’t deserve this!” And ultimately you begin to fall back into all the shameful things you did when you were out on the streets. It is the same way with you and I. Before Christ, our actions, thoughts, and deeds led us to death, but now that we know Christ, our actions, thoughts, and deeds lead us to life. But, and I mean a BIG BUT, we have to learn how to live this new life in Christ. Paul says in verses 13-14 (NIV), “...but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Say no to the things that separate you from God. Say no to the things that separate you from our spouse, children, families or friends. We have to make the choice to live by the Spirit and deny ourselves the sin we once loved. I will encourage you with this:
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.