As followers of Christ, we’re called by God Almighty to lead holy and righteous lives for His own glory (1 Thessalonians 4:7). A holy and righteous life is a form of life that epitomizes the very nature and character of God Himself (1 Peter 1:15; Psalms 145:17). By His divine power, He has given us everything we need for life and for living a godly life (1 Peter 2:4). Holiness is the most elevated of all His attributes (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).
First, confession of sin is based on acknowledging that you’ve done evil in the eyes of God by seeking His forgiveness. The essence of confession is the demolition of pride, arrogance, and dishonesty which are the very barrier to acknowledgment of wrongness. We need to understand that the most significant aspect concerning confession hinges on how we conduct ourselves before God later, after confessing a particular sin that we’ve committed.
After the fall of Adam and Eve, the human race find themselves in a huge mess dealing with the massive implications that come along with that particular disobedience. When Adam and Eve were brought into this world, they were sinless before God, which means that they were perfect in every way. In fact, they had to be this way because their lives came from God who is all perfect by nature, which also means that everything He makes has to reflect who He really is as a perfect and holy God.
Based on the accounts of the Word of God, there’re just two ways people can live. The first one is according to the flesh, and the second one is according to the Spirit. The first thing to remember is that by nature we’re predisposed to live according to the flesh as a result of our fallen nature which we’ve inherited due to the fall of man. By the way, it doesn’t take that much sacrifices and efforts to live according to the flesh because all you really have to do is to follow the sinful desires found within you. To put it differently, living according to the flesh comes naturally.
Our mind is known as an open battlefield. As a result, it’s the very thing that we have to place a great of emphasis on with respect to spiritual warfare due to the fact that how we deal with it will decide whether we’ll fall into the trap of the enemy or not. In fact, this place is so significant and strategic, it’s exactly where Satan along with his demonic spirits contend against the truth.
As Christians, one major aspect of our walk with the Lord is marked with the fact that we find ourselves in an ongoing conflict with the devil, sin, this evil world system, as well as our own carnal nature. With this in mind, temptation is really something that we have to be extremely cautious about because it ultimately leads people to sin.
God has made the human race in His own image according to the account of (Genesis 1:26). What does it mean to be made in the image of God? The first thing to remember is that God is spirit (John 4:24) while we are both physical and spiritual being. God formed man out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7) and gave him life with His own breath.
Prior to being saved, we were living a lifestyle where anything goes. As a result, we didn’t care about the fact that Christ came and laid down His life on behalf of humanity in order to offer them both forgiveness and salvation. We were so blinded to the extent that where we were going to spend our eternity wasn’t an issue worth consideration. We were living a selfish and self-centered life based on pleasing self by constantly following our sinful nature. Sadly, it’s evident that people who’re not saved are very short sighed and easily deceived due to their current state of spiritual death. The tendency is to assign the utmost level of priority to trivial and worldly things that have literally no eternal significance. Consequently, they end up missing or ignoring the most important aspect of life which is eternity.
Sin is undoubtedly a serious problem that we as believers in Christ have to confront on an ongoing basis in order to maintain our relationship and our walk with the Lord. The truth is that nobody can have a genuine relationship with God while living a sinful life. Our relationship and fellowship with God is rested wholly on our reverence for Him by keeping His Word. Therefore, we can’t really have something that’s based on honoring God’s Word while living in such a way that dishonors that very same thing that must be honored.
Living for Christ is an ongoing process that requires anything that pertains to our carnal nature to be left out completely. We can say that everything that had put us in the extremely unpleasant condition we once had been before God, which ultimately led Christ to come and die for us has to be abandoned completely at any cost. As the Word of God says, we must put to death the old version of ourselves for the sake of living for Jesus.