The incredible feeling of finally knowing God for real is overwhelming, the joy of a new found relationship with God is beyond words can express. But with each passing day, as you realized not all journey is always smooth and full of the joys of spring. Somewhere along the way, doubts are formed and inner conflicts arose. Your faith is tested, your resistance to temptation and pleasure is challenged, your character and integrity are carefully examined. Remain firm and steadfast in your pursuit of righteousness, purity and in faith. Constantly seek God’s direction and do your fair share to keep the faith.
1. Do not be equally yoke with unbeliever
Now that you have known God, you’re no longer living under the slavery of sin, you were freed from any curses and death, you were unchain from your futile and worldly thinking. God revealed to you the things of the Spirit that unbeliever don’t fully understand, for them its foolishness and illogical but to you its life and power. Don’t be equally deceive with unbelievers with their flowery words, intellectual arguments or witty retorts. But in faithfulness stand firm and fight the good fight of faith, being confident of what is to come.
2. Touch no unclean things
Purify yourself from everything that contaminates body and spirit. Your body is the temple of God but He cant dwell in you if you’re compromising and playing with sin. “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-17)
3. Dont do things in secret
The things that we do in secret are the things we’re not proud of. We kept it hidden in the dark, locked in the safest place we know that no one could ever find. But you cant hide it forever. Everything that is hidden will be shown, and everything that is secret will be made known. Trying to hide sin from God is like running from your shadow you can never get away. All the skeletons in your closet should be confessed because unconfessed sin can block you from God.
4. Break down the idols in your heart
Idols are anything you place above God, these are not just graven images in your house. An idol would be anything that you set up in your heart that gets in the way of your relationship with Him. Or something that distracts you from focusing on God. May it be your job, a hobby, or even relationship that occupies most of your time, energy and resources that sooner becomes a stronghold and powerful argument of the enemy in your life. Start breaking down your idols and start focusing on the future that God wants you to have. Seek the things of God and his perfect will. You are now a new creation. Your old self was gone, and the new has come.
5. Say ‘no’ to idleness
Idle minds are the devil’s playground and idle hands are the his workshop. A person who doesn’t have something particular to occupy himself with doing will be tempted to occupy himself with sin and thus can be easily distracted. The devil can give it something to do. If we are working hard, we have no time to mess around and perhaps get ourselves in trouble.