With the new year started and New Year’s resolutions hanging in the balance, we wonder about real conviction to make changes. Is it possible for me to get unhooked from a drug habit or an adulterous lifestyle? With AIDS on the rise, either of these habits could kill me!
The reason most folks get hooked stems from a rejection of God. That’s right, a rejection of God. And when we turn our backs on God, we rebuff His warning systems. We override our consciences. And we engage in self-justification. We convince ourselves that evil is good and good is evil. ‘Safe sex’ is a good example. We want the activity without the consequences. God says, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 2:14). But abstinence is called evil. And condom distribution is called good. We hope we can avoid unwanted pregnancies and AIDS. But it’s not happening.
The answer is a return to God. This means forgiveness through Jesus Christ and a new life which follows. And this new life is empowered by God. The person who has returned to God can say, “God is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Here is the possibility for change. It is the power of God to follow God’s commandments.
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