‘Let your conduct be without covetousness…’ Hebrews 13:5
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15
“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God” – Romans 6:12-13
There is no such thing as a “private or white” sin. Have you ever convinced yourself that a certain kind of sin was OK as long as no one knew about it? Resolve in your heart to obey God in the future – even when no one is looking. All addictions begin in the same way: a person decides to dabble in something. That initial experience creates a desire for more, which over time leads to a sense of powerlessness before the substance or behavior. Sin operates in much the same way. It attacks the will and the soul, here and there, until we are deadened to its impact on our loves. Sin, like an addiction, becomes a power that seeks to dominate our lives. In this passage, Paul encourages us to offer our bodies and ourselves to God, as though they were actual sacrifices given up for His purposes. Are you willing to sacrifice yourself to a loving God in order to escape the destructive power of sin?