When we choose God’s will, we live in victory over our weaknesses and bad habits. Whether its lying, cheating, laziness, cursing, overeating, gossiping, drugs, etc.—the more we feed our bad habits–the stronger they get. However, when we make an everyday decision to live in God’s will, our bad habits starve and become weak. The Bible says: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16‬) http://bible.com/59/gal.5.16.esv. When our soul and spirit are born again through the gift of salvation, we have the ability to either live by guided by the Holy Spirit or to gratify our sinful flesh.

Like the prodigal son, we must decide if we will feed the flame of our own desires with the temporal pleasures of the world and walk our path of ruin, or choose the blessings found in God’s will. Sometimes the right choice is made clearer if we count the cost. For example, if the prodigal son had known the end result of walking away, would he ever have chosen to leave his father’s house? Similarly, will lying, cheating, gossiping, insecurity, overeating, worry, drugs, etc.–ever satisfy us? For example, if insecurity is my weakness and I work my entire life to be accepted, will the approval of the ever-fickle crowd ever satisfy me? Most people aren’t even satisfied with themselves, so how could they ever be satisfied by me? However, if I know God loves me just the way He made me, then I can find my rock-solid security in Him. Analyzing the end result of our choices is one way to encourage ourselves to choose God’s way. Of course, falling in love with Him is always our best motivator!

God gave His best for us. When we unite our will with His will, He fills us with all good things. Simultaneously, our bad habits and weaknesses become unappealing. Following His will means we love Him, which Jesus said meant obeying His Word. When we’re close to Him, He gives us victory over our weaknesses!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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