We need to kill off the lusts of the flesh and the love of the world.
Colossians 3:5-9 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.
Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.
8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.
It is time to take action, those old ways of living need to go, if you are a Christ follower then you should realize that you can't follow him very far unless you agree with him about which direction that you are going in. Too often we try to keep one foot in the mud on the old path of sin and try to reach the straight and narrow path with the other foot.
We have to decide that our old sinful ways are holding us down and they are not worth carrying around anymore. It takes a deliberate act of obedience to combat our old sin nature, too many times we don't make up our minds about sin, we need to agree with what God says about our sin and get rid of them. My will and my desires for my lifestyle should come into alignment with what God says about my desires and my lifestyle.
Nail your old sin nature to the cross.
|Galatians 5:16, 24-25 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.|
It is sad that so many people that claim to be Christ followers don't seem to be following, instead of behaving like he would, they are holding on to the lusts of the flesh and the love of the world. God wants us to get serious with about the way that we behave and the things that we think.
God knows that we can't do it on our own, we have been living in the way that comes natural to us, we will need to have help from the Holy Spirit to overcome our natural tendencies. That is the work that the Holy Spirit does if we submit to him and give him control, with his help you can take on a new way of life successfully.
When the Holy Spirit is in control I can be sure that I am on the way down the right path, he will help me to overcome my natural human tendencies, my walk with God will not be complete without my submission to his guidance.
Thank you Lord for the assistance from the Holy Spirit that helps me to live to please you.