"It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery". Galatians 5:
Ponder: A scenario: A family member connects with you. You are feeling tired and stressed. You do not want to talk but you do anyway. Surely that's the right thing to do, you tell yourself. Before you know it the conversation has spiraled into misunderstanding and hurt. It is not what you intended. You didn't mean for them to feel hurt or to have "their day ruined because of something you said." " Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?" Romans 7:24. You now have a choice. The old you would wallow in blame, shame and guilt and try to relieve the stress and pain by using and escaping. Hmm What could the "new you" choose? "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.
Action: I usually want to rush in and solve the issue. It may not even be possible and I have to tell myself, "wait." Why? I need to first go to Christ and His cross. I need to tell Him about my part in the discord and ask forgiveness for my part, no "buts." Then I have to cry out to Him for the relationship, and give Him the relationship, to sort out in His time. It may happen fast but in my experience it takes time. Now the important thing is to walk in your "new self" which means that Christ has proclaimed that " ...there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1. Remind yourself of who you are and that He has given you a brand new identity and does not hold anything against you. Wow! Ask for His strength to not fall back into your sinful habits again.
Prayer: Lord, let me learn to live in my new self and realize all you have given me in Christ Jesus. May this truth help me live in freedom. Let this help me stand firm and not fall back into old habits and my old nature. Amen
Challenge: Learn Romans 7:25: "Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin." Romans 7:25. When you relapse you are falling back into slavery but there is a way out...an escape....Jesus Christ. Cry out to Him, talk to Him throughout the day. Ask Him what He wants you to know today.