Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
When you try to break a sinful habit or even a thought pattern, you discover that the chains of that habit have rested so lightly you didn’t even feel them until now. Sin does not seem to be irresistible--until you want to be free from it. The moment you confront your sin, it surprises you with its hidden power. Now the chains are so strong you are unable to break them. You begin to feel like a man who tried to drain a pond, not realizing that the pond was fed by an underground source.
We want to attack our bad habits and learn to curb them or develop new methods to say no to sinful impulses. The end results will be discouraging and you will be bitterly disappointed, because all of these dealings are outside behaviors rather than the inside issue, the heart. We can even put sins into categories, “less sinful” or “more sinful” than others. A person might remark, “I have a bad temper, but you will never find me using drugs.” A woman may say, “I do struggle with jealousy, but I’d never commit adultery.”
Some sins do have greater consequences than others but all sins originate from the same source, “the flesh.” The flesh is the habitual desire to put our interests above God’s which expresses itself in rebellion against Him. We enjoy the works of the flesh for the moment, but later hate ourselves for what we have done. We want to change, yet crave the same old sins. What do we do? How do we break these habits?
- Begin by confessing your sin and receiving God’s forgiveness.
I John 1:7-9
- Let the Holy Spirit be in control of your life. If you ask Him to control you, believe that He will. (You must be a Christian to ask the Holy Spirit to control you).
. Galatians 5:16-18
- “Put off” the old man and make no provision for the flesh. Put away those things that tempt you and keep you from doing what God wants you to do. Those of you who are Christians, take heed, the Lord will chastise those whom He loves that are given over to the lust of their flesh.
Colossians 3:1-10; Hebrews 12:11
- Be thankful We can be thankful for what God is allowing in our lives knowing it is the will of God for us.
I Thessalonians 5:18