Friday, October 8, 2010

Hard Habit to Break

There is always a battle with sin in our lives. If you have declared that you are a Christian, that battle has been won and yet we still struggle with sin in our lives. Sin doesn't have dominion over you yet it is still a constant struggle between our spiritual and physical natures. This reinforces the premise that sin is a habit for us. Even though we have been made free through Christ we tend to fall back on the habits that we are most familiar with.

An illustration that I read this morning equated it to the slaves that were freed by President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The author stated that those slaves most likely did not immediately think and act like freed people just because they had been released. They still tended to act as slaves because they had developed habit patterns of slavery and had to work to overcome them to see the change in their lives.

Isn't this true of us? We have been freed, but still think and act like slaves of sin. It is a continual renewing and transforming of our minds that will eventually replace those habits with the ones that God truly wants to be ingrained in us.

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