New year, new possibilities.
It’s a time of hope and fresh starts, but (spoiler alert!) you’re still the same person you were on December 31st.
If you have resolutions you want to embrace, go for it!
I have a few of my own!
We all want to make ourselves better and be better than who we were last year.
It’s a hard fight to go against old habits and routines.
There are some changes we can make, but the only true lasting change we’ll ever make in ourselves won’t be because of our abilities.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
When we give our lives to Christ, we are still who we are.
But because of His grace, we can truly have a new start.
When Cain offered God less than the best from his crops, and God rejected his offering, He told Cain, “Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis 4:7b)
We all struggle with the same sinful nature Cain did, but it’s only through a life lived with Jesus that we can make real, lasting change…
And become masters of our sin, instead of slaves to it.
In John 8:34-36, Jesus said, “‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.’”
God is the Father, Jesus is His Son, and through Him, we can be free from sin.
Paul wrote in Romans 6, verses 6, 7, 11, and 12, “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.”
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to help you become more like Jesus, and break the old habits and routine of sin.