There’s an ideology that has been drilled into the minds of people that every human has a weakness. Interestingly, even upon being born again, the inscribed notion is still upheld by Christians saying that every Christian must have certain vices.
Interestingly, a lot of times, they want to validate such thoughts by saying that Moses had an anger problem, Samson had a weakness for women, and so on, but what will they say about Jesus? What negative can you staple to His name? They go on to justify their claims and ascribe it to human factor.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV
Listen: if you agree to such kind of ideologies, then you give room for Satan to take advantage of you and cause you to do some wrong things which may eventually destroy your life, while you keep attributing it to a so-called human factor.
Colossians 2:10 says that we are complete in Christ. If the Bible says that we’ve been made perfect in Him, then we’ve been made perfect in Him. Whatever challenge that we find that continues in our lives is not the will of God.
Such characters linger because we have not listened to God or allowed the Word of God overpower that character in our lives. So, it’s very obvious that it’s not God who is not willing to help you out; it’s you who has refused to take God’s route of change. You have refused to allow the Holy Spirit with the Word of God cause that lasting change in you.
If this weren’t so, then we shouldn’t have believed the Bible that talks about change and shouldn’t also go to Church to preach because that would be a waste of time. I don’t understand how you can be preaching change in Church and still believe that people cannot change and must live with certain vices. In other words, you’re meaning that Matthew 5:48 which says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” is wrong.
For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Romans 7:19-20 NIV
Paul didn’t subscribe to the ideology that it was normal to have vices.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, Paul described that he had a thorn in his flesh for which he sought the Lord thrice that it might be taken away. Bible theologians have put up many schools of thought as regards Paul’s concerns. But study what Paul wrote, carefully.
God didn’t say to him that it was a vice; He said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” So, in that weakness, God’s strength can be made perfect for you. That’s the truth of scriptures.
So, you must agree to change. Agree with the Word of God above who you were. It might seem like you’re choking trying to get used to the change or like it’s not you. Well, the former you (the one with the vices) isn’t even the real you. If you continue in that foolishness, you’re giving the devil leverage over you.
All the negative things that you do aren’t you, but sin living in you. Hence, you must conform to the Word of God in which you’ve been created (1 Peter 1:23; 2 Corinthians 3:3). You’re God’s workmanship created unto good works (Ephesians 2:10); that is the real you.
Become the you that you were created to be. Don’t stay conformed to what this world has turned you into. But be transformed by the renewing of your mind to become the real you that’s created in Christ (Romans 12:2).
So, don’t agree that certain vices must be in your life and that you can’t change from what the world has formed you into. Never agree to negative things.
I can boldly talk on this subject because I am a living proof that change in the will of God is possible. There were so many things I could not do, so many things! Hence, I’m always grateful to God for being a Christian because I’ve found upgrade in my life being a Christian.
The challenging times I went through didn’t break me, but made me better as I yielded to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. I debugged characters that were of no profit to my life in the will of God and today, I’ve certainly made tremendous progress in life.
Agree with what the Word says; that’s your identity. Meditate on these words and let them sink deep down in your spirit and as you give more attention to the Word and yield wholly to His Spirit, you’d find better results in your life.
Pastor Preston Idoro.