Have you ever struggled to overcome a bad habit in your life? Sure you
have! We all have. Many Christians, however, when they "struggle"
with sin don't really struggle at all. Rather, they simply confess their
sin to God, pray that He will help them change, and promptly get off their knees
expecting that God has somehow infused ("zapped") them with a special
measure of grace which will enable them to never commit the same sin again,
without any (or very little) further effort on their part. This is what is
sometimes referred to as "the kiss and make up syndrome with God." (a quote from Jay Adams). Progressive sanctification is, of course, an act of God, but
it is also a process which requires our cooperation. It is not enough
merely to pray that God will change us. We must also do what the Bible
says is necessary to "put off" the sin and "put on" Christ.
As we begin our study, I need to challenge you. We
will consider biblical keys to liberty, but don't expect to find a magic
potion. Real freedom requires real work. A key part of the work
involves God's Word. We hide God's Word in our hearts so that we might not
sin against Him (Psalm 119:11).