Indeed, 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells you that old things are passed away, you have become new. It is an irony for the flesh to still pull its stunts over you. If you fail to get rid of sin totally, falling is not far ahead (1 Corinthians 10:12). Why do the mighty fall? Why do they that we see as burning for Jesus later misbehave? What we are to get rid of is sin. Sin is what separates us from our creator. It can easily be defined as “simple instructions neglected” (Isaiah 59:2).
Romans 6:12 says,
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof”.
The works of the flesh prevails when you leave your spiritual doors open to havoc. You detest fornication yet you keep late night and ungodly friends. Made a confession against malpractice yet, you don’t prepare for exams. You cannot deal with sin if you don’t deal with the link to it. Don’t live a hypocritical life. Mortify the works of the flesh.
As soldiers of Christ, we are to pray at all times (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer being defined is to communicate with God. To accomplish the command in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are to submit ourselves to God (James 4:7-8) as to live a life of holiness and righteousness to hear and speak to Him at all times (Isaiah 59:2).
The sword of the spirit is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). To cut the root of sin in your life, you need to study and meditate daily on the Word of God (Joshua 1:8). Have you been struggling with an addiction? The Word of God is powerful to deal with addictions in your life by renewing your mind (Romans 12:2) because it goes down into your joints and marrow; soul and spirit; thoughts and your heart. Hebrews 4:12 says,
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.
As you abide in the Word of God, the Word of God also abides in you (John 15:4-5). Sin will begin to disgust you. You will indeed be sensitive of your actions, words, association and thoughts. Your all will flee every appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Continue in the faith and quench not the spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Fight a good fight of faith. Finish your course (2 Timothy 4:7). The Christian life is possible.
2 Timothy 2:19 says,
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal; The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”.