Today's scriptures: Galatians 5:16-21
Why do so many who call themselves Christians live in habitual sin? It seems
there are two reasons: Either they’re ignorant of what the Bible says are
“deeds of the flesh” or they’re not being led by the Spirit.
Many people who have accepted God’s gift of salvation through belief in and
acceptance of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection just haven’t spent much
time in God’s word. They have a sincere faith, but they’re still “baby
Christians.” In other words, they just don’t know any better.
However, once they grow in faith and study and meditate on God’s word, they
begin to see how their behavior is contrary to God’s will for their lives. They
seek to behave in ways that please their heavenly Father.
On the other hand, some who once made an “altar call decision” to follow Christ
didn’t really commit their lives to Him. Oh, they may still go to church on
Sunday and say grace before meals. They may carry their Bible and say “amen” in
the appropriate places. They may serve on committees and volunteer their time
to help others.
But in the privacy of their homes, they “practice” sin. They live in habitual
sin—and they know it.
Only God knows the heart, but one has to wonder: If I knowingly sin, if I
deliberately do something the Bible clearly says is wrong, if I ignore the
prompting of the Spirit … am I really a follower of Christ? Are you?