And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13 (NKJV)
There are three factors that affect our behavior: our environments, our experiences, and our exposures. There are certain places that we may encounter that really make it easy to sin or to fall back into sin. To the best of our ability we should avoid these places. Unfortunately, sometimes our places of work or even our neighborhoods can be negative environments that do not promote the good things found in the will of God. However our walk of righteousness would grow greatly if we avoid these places. I always encourage new believers if they truly want to grow and mature as disciples, they should spend more time in environments with mature disciples. If you continue to spend time in places where people have not made Jesus the Lord of their life, the “old” you will become “inspired” to live out its own will and desires.
Our “old” nature and our “NEW” nature are in a constant battle for supremacy. The “old” you is dominated by your five natural senses and a mindset that was contrary to God’s system. Before we were born again, most of our life decisions were made purely on impulses and sinful desires.
The Amplified Bible (Classic Edition) gives us great insight into the characteristics of the “old” you:
…the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]…
Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit]…
[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.
Romans 8:3, 6, and 7
The “old” you on its best day cannot and will not ever please God. You cannot trust the old you to make ANY decisions that will please God.
In order to maintain the victory over the “old” you, you have to change the way you think. Your thinking can’t change unless you change the words you hear on a regular basis. If you spend a majority of your time around people who curse or use other foul language, your potential of using the same language increases tremendously. Maybe your environments don’t have foul language, but does it have other negative language? Are people using words and phrases like “can’t”, “people like me”, “I can’t help it”, or “can’t win for losing” around you? That type of talk is just as dangerous as profanity…maybe worse. If you can’t immediately change your environment, make sure your increase your time of speaking God’s WORD.
Each day, make time to:
- Hear the WORD of God
- Speak the WORD of God
- Believe the WORD of God
- Do the WORD of God
Get ready to SEE the “NEW” you!!