If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 1 John 4:15 NIV
If you've ever tried to break a habit, you know how hard it can be. While we've committed in our minds, the battle begins when we put our desire into action and try to unlearn what has become natural. At times, it may be easy to change our behavior, and other times we may need professional help. There's no shame in seeking assistance; quite to the contrary, it demonstrates wisdom. Though it may be a slow and painful process, by perseverance, we can change our practices.
When we accept Christ, we also commit. The change begins immediately. At that very moment, God moves in and sets up residence in our hearts–we are filled with the Holy Spirit, our Helper.
We still feel those sinful urges and will lapse, as the Apostle Paul wrote, "I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing." (Rom 7:19-20) However, when we do that evil we don't want to do, the Spirit acts as an alarm system to our souls, alerting us of our wrongdoing and our need to ask forgiveness. This continual conviction and repentance cycle helps move us from our natural bad habit of sin into righteousness.
Merciful and loving Father, we acknowledge Jesus as your Son and our Savior. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that leads us in your righteous paths. Amen.