It is impossible for any human mind to exhaust one truth or promise of the Bible. One catches the glory from one point of view, another from another point; yet we can discern only gleamings. The full radiance is beyond our vision. As we contemplate the great things of God’s Word, we look into a fountain that broadens and deepens beneath our gaze. Its breadth and depth pass our knowledge. As we gaze, the vision widens; stretched out before us, we behold a boundless, shoreless sea. Such study has vivifying power.
The mind and heart acquire new strength and new life.
This experience is the highest evidence of the divine authorship of the Bible. We receive God’s Word as food for the soul through the same evidence by which we receive bread as food for the body. Bread supplies the need of our nature; we know by experience that it produces blood, bone, and brain.
Apply the same test to the Bible; when its principles have actually become the elements of character, what has been the result? what changes have been made in the life? —
“Old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
In its power men and women have broken the chains of sinful habit. They have renounced selfishness. The profane have become reverent, the drunken sober, the profligate pure. Souls that have borne the likeness of Satan have been transformed into the image of God. The change is itself the miracle of miracles. A change wrought by the Word, it is one of the deepest mysteries of the Word.
We cannot understand it; we can only believe, that, as declared by the Scriptures, it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
A knowledge of this mystery furnishes a key to every other. It opens to the soul the treasures of the universe, the possibilities of infinite development.
As we pursue freedom from the entanglements of sin, here are a few practical, plain-folk strategies that can help us get there.
1. Be willing to take radical steps.
Maybe you’re not as free as you thought. Recognise the behaviour as a problem that needs to be dealt with.
2. Recognize your triggers.
There are particular life events and circumstances that trigger your problem. The time, the way and the place are all to be cautiously considered and avoided if they lead to sinning. State the behaviour as wrong. Consciously label it “wrong” in your mind
3. Believe you can change. We mean, really believe.
This is probably the most important point. If you don’t believe you are capable of change, you won’t change. Refuse to entertain – consciously decide not to give it any room in your thoughts any longer.
4. Take care of your body.
Stop watching Netflix until 2 am in the morning. It’s remarkable how much exercising, sleeping, and eating right affect your perception of the world. Fasting and abstinence are also important disciplines that train the will to say no to the body and yes to God.
Take care of your body. You will need it to break your habit.
5. Re-define normal…right now.
“I must re-define normal.” The word “sin” is out of fashion these days. However, realise how this behaviour makes the heart of God sad and furious. That’s powerful. Bad habits, just like good ones, enjoy normalcy. Your ultimate goal is to stop dipping out of the same toxic well.
We love you all. To God be the glory forever. Amen!