II Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Behold all thing are become new.” If that is true, and it is, then what changed?
Do you still find yourself doing the very things you hate after giving your life to the Lord? If you do, it will comfort you to know that the Apostle Paul had the same feelings. In Romans 7:15 he said, “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”
It’s a dilemma that we all face. How can we call ourselves believers and continue to do the very things we know are wrong. The answer lies in knowing exactly what changed when you were “born again.”
The Bible teaches that we are three part beings; spirit, soul, and body (I Thessalonians 5:23). The body and its functions are obvious. The soul is made up of the mind, will and emotions. The spirit is the only part of us that became a new creation.
This rebirth of our spirit sets the stage for internal war. The war is between the spirit and the flesh for control of the grand prize, our soul (Galatians 5:16). Whoever wins that battle will control the mind, will, and emotions and that will inevitably determine behavior.
It all makes sense; and the solution to the dilemma can be found in Hebrews 4:12. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” It’s the word that will set you free.
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