So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. But, therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 7:25b-Romans 8:2)
In our minds, we want to do what is right and follow the Ten Commandments. It seems easy until we are overtaken by idols, wants, and attitudes shot at us through “the fiery darts of the wicked one.” (Ephesians 6:16) We say that we’re not going to follow our bad habits anymore. But we do again and again. We want God to remove the temptations and hurts that cause us to sin, but He won’t because His plan is for us to come to Him in prayer and ask for His help. He wants to give us His grace, His gifts of forgiveness and righteousness, until we to crave His love more than our bad habits. What is your idol; what do you crave? What are you doing that is hurtful to your body and/or loved ones. Pray and be patient. It took three years of prayers for God to help me get rid of my temper. But through those years of prayer we built a close relationship, and my faith was strengthened because I knew I could count on Him. Now we are working together on my gluttony. It took a whole year of prayer before I lost any weight, and I am battling to keep the weight off. I still have more weight to lose, but as I am faithful to Him, He is more faithful to me.