Scripture reading: Colossians 3:1–5
Key verse: Matthew 16:23
But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Paul reminded the Corinthians of their position in Christ—holy, righteous, and blameless—because he knew their thinking must to change before their behavior could be altered.
Here is where many fail to overcome unwanted habits. We try to change our actions without conforming our thinking to God’s truth.
We inevitably act the way we perceive ourselves. If we feel like unworthy sinners, then we will usually act like them—guilt-ridden, erratic, and unhappy. Satan points his dirty finger at our actions and accuses us as vile sinners until we finally believe him.
Don’t believe a lie! Don’t yield to the father of lies and the accuser of the brethren who has no truth in him.
This is the truth: You are a saint who occasionally sins. However, nothing you did yesterday, today, or tomorrow can change your position in Christ. When you do sin, even habitually, you are not acting according to your true desires or identity as God’s holy one. You are acting inconsistently with your new nature in Christ.
God says you are a saint now that you have received Christ. That is why you can experience victory over all sin. Christ is in you. He will make you more than a conqueror as you know the truth that sets you free.
Dear Lord, help me to walk in the victory that is mine. Make me more than a conqueror over sin.