ALL OF US HAVE PRACTICED certain areas of wrong from our youth. It is a pattern of life that comes "second nature" to us. As a result, it strongly resists change.
ALL OF US HAVE PRACTICED certain areas of wrong from our youth. It is a
pattern of life that comes "second nature" to us. As a result, it strongly
resists change. We gloss over our resistance with the varnish of excuses:
"Well, nobody's perfect."
"I'll never be any different; that's just the way I am."
"I was born this way—nothing can be done about it."
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
Jeremiah tells us why such excuses come easily:
I warned you when you were prosperous, but you replied, "Don't bother me."
You have been that way since childhood—you simply will not obey me!
We have made doing evil a pattern, a habit. In one sense, we have learned
to act and react in sinful, unbiblical ways with ease and (dare I admit
it?) with a measure of pleasure. Admittedly, there are many times we do so
unconsciously; and on those occasions, the depth of our habit pattern is
It is vital—it is, in fact, essential—that we see ourselves as we really
are in the light of God's written Word . . . then be open to change where
change is needed. The number-one enemy of change is the hard-core,
satisfied sin nature within. It has been gratified and spoiled all these
years, and it won't give up without a temper tantrum. Change is its
greatest threat. Change must be allowed to face and conquer the
intimidations of inward habit—and I repeat the warning, it will never be an
But because of Christ, we are already in the process of being made new!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The
old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
That's the way God sees you—a new person with a brand-new nature. Why don't
you start living that way . . . today, if you're ready for real change!