“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7, NIV)
We must always be on our guard against the wiles of the evil one. As we can see from this message God gave to Cain in Genesis 4:7, sin is indeed crouching at every person’s door. We must rule over the power of sin that desires to have us.
The secret to overcoming sin is to be aggressive in fulfilling the mission God has given us, fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When we are powered by the Holy Spirit, we will be able to see the Holy Spirit put to death the misdeeds of our body, just as it is written in Romans: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:12–13, NIV).
By the power of the Spirit, we can put to death those fleshly desires. The power of the cross crucifies the lures of this world and the flesh with its passions, so we can live a life pleasing to the Lord.
The power of God in our lives is rooted in the cross: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV).
Yes, it is the power of God that enables us to exchange what is perishable for the eternal values that God rewards in the real world to come. Living by the Spirit is a daily exercise for us to practice consistently.
There is a hundred-year-old saying, “A habit is like a cable. We weave it one strand at a time until it becomes so strong it cannot be broken.”
When we practice the concepts of KingdomNomics consistently, we weave a cable that cannot be broken. Let’s be sure to do it.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I on my guard to make sure sin is not creeping into my life to render me ineffective in fulfilling God’s purpose for my life? Am I daily asking the Holy Spirit to put to death the misdeeds in my body so I can live?