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One of my biggest struggles has always been sin.

It’s out there, peeking around every corner, waiting for the opportunity to strike. Even though we’ve been born again, sin is still a part of our programming. We sin, whether we know it or not. We need to reprogram our minds and get rid of the old thoughts and actions and replace them with a more righteous lifestyle.

When we were saved, we were saved by grace through faith. As part of that renewing of our spirit, we became dead to sin and became a new creature. We have assured our eternal place with God. Does that mean, though, that we should continue to live our lives as we did before we were saved? Paul explains this in the book of Romans:

“Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Roman 6:1-2 NKJV)

Paul is telling us that when we were born again by the spirit and baptized in water, we have now become dead to sin. We should stop living the intentionally sinful life we used to lead and start living a life that is alive in God.

We, as humans, will always sin but we must break the habits of old and start new habits, dedicating our lives to God. We have been saved by grace through faith. The way we show our faith to others is by changing how we used to live. Be examples to those around us that there is hope beyond the life that we are living; that blessed hope that can only be found when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

If you are reading this and have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you wish to experience a renewed mind and spirit, then all you need do is pray a simple pray and pray it with all sincerity:

“Lord Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my life and my heart and be my Lord and Savior.”

If you prayed that prayer, you have taken the first step to assuring your place in God’s Kingdom.