This morning I was thinking about how easy it is in today’s culture to take on a “victim mentality”. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are not a victim (although the liar-in-chief would like for you to believe it is so). Through Christ, you are an overcomer.

God has given us the power to break away from sin, guilt and shame. Peter clearly declares: “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3) The very possession of the life of Jesus Christ in us is the power that it takes to break away from habits of sin. No one will ever be free from the awful grip of evil upon their lives until they understand that they already have from God all that it takes to be free, if they will but step out upon it. If you don’t know how, ask for God’s wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

David asks for God’s help. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Ps. 51:10-12) And God immediately gives it. Then it must be acted on. That is the point. Do not wait for a feeling to come that you are forgiven. God has said you are forgiven. Do not wait for a feeling of power to possess you. God has declared He has already given you the power. As you believe Him (and that is what faith is), you can do what you need to do and what God wants you to do.

Lord, thank You for giving me all that I need for both forgiveness and power through the Lord Jesus.

We can choose to be helpless victims of ruinous habits, but God provides an alternative. Are we willing to be set free by Christ’s divine power?