“Fixing” Behavior Problems
After coming into Christ all of us are given a new nature that comes with new desires. Deep down we all want to stop behaving like our “old man,” but all too often we go about it the wrong way.
When it comes to aligning one’s behavior with their new identity, there is nothing more crucial for a believer than the renewing of the mind. Transformation of a person’s behavior from that of a sinner to that of a saint is hinged on this one thing. Continue reading
According to 1 Thessalonians 5:23 every believer is a three-part being made up of a spirit, soul, and body. Understanding what this means is very important to understanding who you are, and how God relates to you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
The moment you believed in Jesus as your Savior, you were instantly made new. You were given a new spirit. This is your New Man, or New Nature. Your born again spirit (John 3:6-7) was created in true righteousness and holiness, according to Ephesians 4:24. God relates to you Spirit to Spirit, and therefore He see’s you as perfect forever, righteous, and holy. Sin can not penetrate your born again Spirit. (Eph 1:13) So even though you still sin, you ARE holy because of your new nature/new man/spirit. You do NOT have to try to earn your righteousness, because you are truly righteous!
When pure grace is preached, it should always provoke the Romans 6:1 question: “What shall we say then, shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” The answer to this is simple: Only if you are a lunatic! Although God’s grace through the work of Jesus on the cross covers all of our sins (past, present and future), once we understand His grace, we would have to be mental to still desire sin and continue in willful disobedience.
The absolute last thing a believer wants to do is give into sin. Sin is horrible, it is destructive and leads to death. But the key to stopping sin in our lives is coming to an awareness of these things:
When John wrote, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17), what did he really mean?
Surely he didn’t mean that last part when he said: “as He is, so are we in this world”, right? After all Jesus wasn’t a sinner, and as Believers we are only sinners saved by grace, right? Well, actually, no… not really.