You thought gambling was fun, until the day you were unable to stop.
Or you know it’s wrong to cheat on your schoolwork, but you tell yourself you don’t have a choice.
Or every day, you beg God to give you the strength not to sleep with your boyfriend – again.
Or you struggle with your temper and vow that this morning will be the last time you’ll take it out on your children or your wife.
Or. Or. Or.
So many scenarios. So many unrelenting, merciless temptations. Nevertheless, we have reason for hope. Notice the past tense used in Romans 6:17 (ESV): “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.”
We have no hope of changing if we don’t change who or what we surrender ourselves to. Whether we’re yielding to peer pressure, fear of failure, rejection – or to the devil himself, we’ve got to do whatever is necessary to start loving God more than we love our sin.
What would happen if we spent time with God every day, praying, reading the Bible, and developing a closeness with Him – a closeness others will envy? Because the deeper our love for God runs, the more we’ll desire to obey Him. The closer we walk with God, the better we’ll be equipped to overcome addictions, choose correct priorities, resist sexual sin and manage our temper.
Perhaps you’re not able to see yourself in this week’s verse. Maybe your sin is ongoing. If this is the case, look closely at the last part of Romans 6:17: “the standard of teaching to which you were committed.”
Is it possible that you used to submit yourself to the standard of teaching becoming of a Christian, but have allowed the cares of this world, or Satan himself, to pull you away from God?
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you an increased understanding of the gospel until you fall on your knees, recognizing your indebtedness to your Savior. Invite God to help you become fully committed to the standard of His Word. Plead with Him to show you His perspective of your choices – and His unfailing love for you.
Wouldn’t you like to let God help you put your sins in your past? What do you need from your heavenly Father right now? Talk to Him. He’s listening.
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can reach her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com