It’s not entirely life’s situations that cause us problems, but ultimately our reactions to them that determines our success or failure. So it comes down to a person’s individual choices they make on a daily bases. We have to make decisions within the relationships we have with various family members and friends, we make career decisions, we make decisions about what we want to eat, we make decisions on what we want to watch, what we want to listen to and who we should follow and not to follow. All of our decisions design the course of our life. Even when we’ve made foolish decisions in our past, those decisions have become the foundational palette for us to live with from this point on.
We are a product of what we choose to adhere to and what we choose to ignore. As we grow older and mature we get a chance to see the fruit of the decisions we’ve made. Many times especially when we’re younger, we allow our impulses and emotions to drive us to say and do things without being aware of the effect it will have on ourselves and others later. It’s that short sightedness or those temporary mind frames that can trap us if we don’t take the time to think things through before we act and react to things. Ultimately, this is just selfishness and is a reflection of what the Apostle Paul was writing about in his letter to the followers of Christ in Rome around about 57. A.D.
Romans 7:15 – 25
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
It’s our sinful nature that we all have to live with but not allow it to dictate what we say and do. It’s called self-control and discipline. Yeah, these are words we tend to cringe at because we naturally don’t like to practice self-control and discipline ourselves in certain areas because initially, it’s not what we feel like doing. This feeling inside of us confirms what Paul was talking about. If a parent allowed their child to have all the candy they wanted all the time, play with everything they saw in a house full of gadgets and appliances, and let them do whatever they wanted without guidance, of course we’d look at that situation and would say that’s a disaster waiting to happen for the child and the house. This is how we are to ourselves and the world we live in without listening to the voice of the Lord through our conscience, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and studying the Bible.
Every since the beginning of time when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all of humankind from that point onward was born into sin and shaped by the consequences of their error, which passed on from generation to generation. This is why God had to do something in order for humankind to be redeemed back to Himself. (Col 1:20) Here’s where Jesus comes into the picture. God himself through Jesus Christ came into his own created world in the flesh but was without sin. Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary, who was impregnated by the Holy Ghost. (Mat 1:18) The blood that ran through Jesus’ veins was straight from the Heavenly Father. That same blood that was shed on the cross through his sacrifice for us, had the power to cover the sins of the whole world from past, present, and future. To be partaker of God’s redemption, one must first acknowledge they are a sinner and that they need the savior, Jesus Christ. Then, you have to turn away from practicing a lifestyle of sin and trust in Him.
Once you make a decision that you want to live for God and you verbally confess Jesus as Lord, you have to communicate with God through prayer constantly and ask Him to send other people in your life to help encourage you on your new journey. The challenge is the rearranging priorities and cleaning up of things that you have to do now that your heart is changed. This is called the discipleship process. Just as Jesus picked his disciples and told them to come and follow him, we have to go through the same process because Jesus is still alive and selects us to follow him today just as he did physically 2,000 years ago but only now he selects us by drawing us to himself in our heart through the Holy Spirit.
Surrender your life to God and allow your mind to be renewed through fellowship with other like minded believers and through study and meditating on the Word of God. Don’t hold on to who you were and don’t hold on to those “friends” who want you to hold on to who you were either. God has something better for you and your family so you can set generational blessing in motion through your exercising discipline and self-control in your new life with Christ.
Scripture References: Romans 7:15 – 25, John 16:13, Romans 12:2, John 1:10 – 12, Colossians 1:16 – 20
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