Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:1–15
Key Verse: Galatians 5:1
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
When approving an inmate for parole, prison officials are supposed to consider the likelihood of recidivism, or repetition of the offense. People who have committed certain crimes, especially the more violent ones, have a higher rate of recidivism than others. The sad fact is that some prisoners are never able to escape their pattern of criminal behavior.
Why? Until their thinking changes, the resulting actions stay the same, no matter how good rehabilitation efforts might be. The same is true for a sinful habit in your life. Before you can shake off its negative influence, you must alter your mind-set.
Romans 12:2 (nasb) explains the bondage-breaking process: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
As you read God’s Word and study His principles carefully, they gradually become a natural part of your thought process. When the new comes in, the old is tossed out. The Lord is then able to work His truth into your innermost being, establishing new, Christlike habits.
You don’t have to be confined by the restrictions of an old sin problem. Whether you are in a jail that is real or one of your own making, Jesus wants to set you free to live in His ways.
Almighty God, set me free to live Your way. Remove the restrictions of sin. Toss out the old. Make room for the new.