Salvation and Obedience are husband and wife. They travel together. The Bible says, “What good is it if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save them? Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:14, 17).
When we accept Jesus as Savior, that is the beginning of a journey, not the end. The beauty of salvation is a changed life. I am not who I once was.
The book of Galatians spends a lot of time discussion salvation by faith, and then it tells us the results and how to attain it. The result is a spirit filled life.
What am I going to look like after I accept Christ? My life will be filled with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” I will fulfill the Law by “loving my neighbor as myself.” I will put to death the sin in my life.
If I want to be this kind of person, how do I do it? How do I get past the sin in my life? The Bible tells us how.
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” We should put to death the sin in our lives. That means that we do everything we can to avoid sin.
Some of us have tried that many times and failed. We know what that struggle is. That is why there are such programs as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Galatians sums up the 12 steps in a single verse, “live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16). Live by the Spirit. Get really close to God. Abide in Him. Know Him. Spend time with Him. Serve Him. Keep your focus on God’s desires. God’s ways are completely opposite from sinful ways. The closer you get to God, the more obvious sin is and the more you will despise it.
Seek to live God’s way. Let the fruit of the Spirit come out in you, “Love, joy, peace, etc.” (Gal. 5:23)
Be humble. Remember it is through God that we overcome sin in our lives. We can’t do this on our own. (Gal 5:26)
Confess your sin to others. Get an accountability partner, someone who is going to ask you tough questions about how you have been doing. (Gal.6:2)
Remember, you can’t fool God. You reap what you sow. So do good things. Serve the Lord. Keep your focus on Him and His work and you will be less tempted to sin. (Gal. 6:7-10)
I love how the Bible teaches us clearly and practically on how to OBSERVE HIS COMMANDS and avoid sin. With all the need around us, now is an important time to serve God.