So how do we transition from the old life to the new?
In the scenario of Rohan and myself, I was a Christian living in sin (willfully) and he was not saved until we actually went for counseling. Once I confessed the sin of fornication my forgiveness was automatic. The scripture does not say anywhere that the forgiveness of the sin we committed would take a few days to be absolved.
However we (especially I) lived under the bondage of law. I believe also that as the more mature Christian, I might have led him astray by my actions. Thank God for mercy.
The battlefield is in the mind. There is no doubt about it. Conformity to the Word brings about renewal of the mind. When, with the help of my mentor, I began to apply the Word to my thoughts, I was finally freed of a lot of things that I was struggling with in my mind.
It was a little weird for me to realize that I could apply the Word to my thoughts. What I mean is that I had an head knowledge of it, but the reality of it did not connect in my heart. We often apply the Word to our actions, but rarely our thought life. Our enemy takes advantage of this and runs rampant throughout our thought life and we struggle incessantly.
There is no part of our life where we should not apply the Word. This is what is entailed in complete surrendering of our will to God. As we go through each day, applying the Word to every thought (vain imagination) that dares to challenge the knowledge of God in our lives, we move further and further away from the old lifestyle into the new.
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