Let’s look for the last time at biblical New Year’s Resolutions. So far we have seen…
1> Commit yourself to forget your failures
2> Commit yourself to give up your grudges
3> COMMIT YOURSELF TO RESTORE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
So, today let’s look at a fourth and last biblical resolution for this series of blogs…
4>COMMIT YOURSELF TO TURN YOUR BACK ON PAST SINS
Just after the Civil War in what is now the United States of America the president signed a proclamation that set the slaves free. If you have read about the Civil War then you know that many of the slaves that had been set free decided to stay with their former master and continue to do what they were told. They were set free but they chose to live as slaves.
The New Testament says that is exactly how many Christian choose to live.
Christ died to set them free, the Holy Spirit has given them the power to be free, but just like those former slaves they still choose to obey their old master, sin. Listen to these words from Romans 6:2 …“Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to its lustful desires … we are no longer slaves to sin.”
This is the last challenge I’m issuing as we enter into 2015 late tonight… If we will rise to meet this challenge – then the New Year will be truly significant for you.
When God says: “Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to its lustful desires…” He is issuing the challenge to turn your back on your past sins. That is a spiritual principle that is as true today as it was 2000 years ago… It’s called “besetting sins”
Christian writers used to talk about besetting sins:
Besetting sins – – a specific sin that a Christian was prone to do time and time again.
Besetting sins – – sins that we simply won’t let go and thus repeat time and again
For most of us when we are saved we give up certain sins easily but there are other things that we know are wrong that we really battle with. Those are our besetting sins. Many of us end up choosing to give into our besetting sins and end up living double lives. We do nothing about it – we just learn to live with it
I have to ask you is your spiritual life crippled because you have learned to live with a besetting sin?
Do you have a quick temper that you constantly give into?
Or a caustic tongue that assassinates other people’s characters or wound their feelings?
Have you learned to live with that critical judgmental attitude you know is wrong?
Is there a sexual sin that you keep on giving in to?
Have you been going too far with your boyfriend or girl friend?
Have you been secretly logging on to pornography sites on the Internet time and time again?
God, here in his Word, challenges you to turn your back on that sin whatever it is. To stop letting it control the way you live. To stop giving in to it. He wants you to stop obeying your old master.
Let’s be clear about this: Jesus death broke the power of sin. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to resist sin. That means that you don’t have to go into the new year still being defeated by the same old sin. You can have the victory over it.
God says you are no longer a slave to sin so don’t live like one or act like one. If you will ask for God’s forgiveness for your sin – He will forgive and He will enable you to resist that sin
Then this new year can be, for you, a new ball game in your life – including your personal relationship with God. Don’t miss this opportunity.
Happy New Year!!