In Romans 7 this week, we covered a number of issues, issues with which we all deal as Christians. Progressive Sanctification (the process through which we go as we cooperate with God in moral and ethical growth) needs 2 things: grace and time. On one hand, we have an idea of how our lives should be and look, and we need God’s grace to accomplish that look. On the other hand, time is a necessity to this process, because time is the framework in which God does His work on us, in us, and through us.
To help, here are 4 points that we covered as we aim at personal holiness. If there’s going to be success in your life,
- Know your enemy. We need to know, not only what consistently plagues us, but what consistently plagues us. We may be professionals at diagnosing other people’s problems, but at the end of the day that isn’t what God is calling us to overcome!
- Identify triggers. What happens before or around your typical failure? Are you tired? Stressed? Unguarded? Hanging around a certain person or persons? Identifying triggers can help you steer clear of temptation, ultimately leading you away from sin.
- Take responsibility for your life. At the end of the day, the only person’s feet we should be placing our sins at is Christ’s. We can play the blame game, but we are responsible for our thoughts and actions.
- Be aware of the enemy’s tactics. Peter says that he prowls around like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). Paul says that the devil is scheming (Ephesians 6:11). The Christian life is a war, a war that we must ourselves engage in if we will be successful.