Have you ever been in circumstances where you know that change is crucial? Our mind and heart yells "no" to change but our freedom in Christ necessitates change.
Our hearts may fluctuate in regards to change but still we must take action and decide to change our thinking for the better. The heart often lags behind and can be stubborn when it comes to change.
Freedom in Christ though takes time and hard decisions—decisions to not place ourselves in tempting situations. Decisions to stop dwelling upon and discussing painful scenarios.
Whether behaviors are learned or biological, one’s wants and desires take time to change but it is possible and necessary.
In Mark 7:21–23, it is written that it is not outside influence that makes us “unclean,” but it is the things that come from our hearts. 1 Corinthians 6:11 is the reminder that change is a possibility and that both the desires and actions can be overcome. In James 1:13–15, the author states that there is a battle against temptation; in Titus 2:12, we are instructed to say “no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.”
Change must involve redemptive prayer in which God, as our ultimate Father, heals us. We need to acknowledge that what we have chosen to do previously is sin.
Sin infiltrates the soul, body, and spirit and so we need to determine to change both lifestyle and attitude. This also means that to dive deep into the Word of God is a necessity.