That's the reason you're here anyway, right?
This may be a #TeamNoLikes post.
So... as believers we like to use "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23)" and "God knows my heart... Only God can judge me." all as excuses to stay in our sin comfortably and guilt-free. It's time out for that. Those are excuses. Yes, God has mercy and yes he is gracious but when you know better, you do better. Therefore, anyone who knows what is right but fails to do it is guilty of sin. (James 4:17) Yes, he knows your heart and sometimes that is not a good thing. When you choose your sin over obedience, it tells him that your heart is where your sin is. Don't get me wrong we ALL fall short but the goal is holiness. Every day we should be striving for holiness. We won’t be perfect. We will fall short sometimes but holiness is the goal.
Habitually sinning and making the conscious decision to continue is the issue. He was wounded for our transgressions and he was bruised for our iniquities and the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed. Is. 53:5 NKJV It is time to turn from our wicked ways. It is not easy to give up the things we love to do and that we have grown accustomed to doing. Some of our worst activities are those that feels good to us (not always sexual). But we must remember, what is good to you, is not always good for you.
As a people, we have fallen under the subjection of our flesh. Sure, your flesh desires it; but where is your self-control? I’ve noticed that the things that God has commanded us not to do, usually have negative consequences that cause us hurt. Soul-ties, diseases, anger/rage, discontentment, dissatisfaction and even self-resentment. Let’s consider the seven deadly sins (www.deadlysins.com):
Pride- excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God.
Covetousness- the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation.
Lust- an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.
Anger- manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.
Gluttony- an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
Envy- desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual.
Sloth- Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.
All of these have negative impacts on our bodies, mind, and/or spirits. Keep in mind that these are only the deadly sins.
We so easily give in to the desires of our flesh, not considering how this takes us out of fellowship with our Father. God is a jealous god and he won’t compete with your desire to disobey His commands. The best way to get over your flesh is by fasting. This way you are denying your fleshly desires and feeding your spirit. Again, if your body wants a thing, you don’t have to fulfill that desire. God wants us to be pure, holy, and safe; but once we are outside of HIS will, we are, at that point, in danger.