In one of my write-ups, I advised all Christians to arise, citing the example of the prodigal son, who did not waste any time to reconcile with his father. The first arise for all Christians is to take a giant step out of whatever is separating him/her from God.

Purpose of man on earth
There are two key purposes of man on earth.
1. To love God and obey His commandments
2. To love our neighbor as our self
The second is an extension of the first, because God created man in His own image, he must therefore, be loved as God Himself. His commandments were written for our safety and for the safety of others: and to create an atmosphere of good relationship between Him and us. When we fulfill these two purposes, we will enjoy our existence on earth to the fullest.

God first
However, we need to place God as our first priority in all things, priority in what we think, what we speak and what we do: Always doing that which pleases and conforms to the will of God. If we place God first as priority in our lives, what we need, to enjoy the earth to the fullest, are not difficult to get. The Bible says
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33KJV)
However, it becomes a burden when other things become priority. In our quest to satisfy our curiosity for needs and wants, we often go the wrong way or beyond necessity. We then occupy our mind on the means of how to get them ‘at all cost’. We fail to rely on God and we take by ‘all means’ from our neighbor. This is against God’s way. It then becomes difficult for us to get, except by coveting and envying our neighbor’s possessions.

Greatest enemy of man
We have all ate of the tree of good and evil; therefore, we are not ignorant of what is right and what is wrong. What causes wrong is ignoring and not accepting the will of God; this amounts to not loving Him and disobedience to His commandments. Coveting and envying of our neighbor’s possessions also, amounts to not loving God and our neighbor.
Number one enemy of man that separates us from God is SIN. Believers and non-believers alike know that we often do what is wrong. Lack of love for God and others is the cause of disobedience against the commandments of God. Sin hinders and hampers our relationship with God and love for others, and that categorize us as sinners. The Bible confirms
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1Jn. 1:8 KJV)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rm. 3:23 KJV)
Sin, according to the scripture will always entice man, however, God says man shall rule over it. (Gen. 4:7) You cannot fight sin by yourself; you need a supernatural empowerment to fight it. Many times, believers and non-believers want to get out of their sinning habit but could not because they found it difficult to rule over their flesh. Thanks to God Almighty, the Bible declared that
“…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1Jn.3:8-9 KJV)
Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of the devil for our sake. He empowers us supernaturally to withstand the wiles of the devil. What a grace! However, we need to be born again for this supernatural empowerment can work to combat sin in our lives.

Necessary steps
In order to effect our determination of getting out of our sinning habit, three steps are very necessary to liberate us from the grip of sin.
1. We must acknowledge that we have sinned (1Jn.1:8)
2. We must confess our sin (1Jn.1:9)
3. We must repent and take a U turn from the path of sin (Acts 3:19)
If we acknowledge and confess our sin, God promised and He is faithful to it that, He will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Our liberation is not complete, until we have repented and converted; that is, take a U-turn from our previous unrighteous ways. Then our sin will be blotted out and we can have a refreshing time in the presence of God.
When you have done this, there will be a spiritual and physical (character, attitude and behavior) transformation in your life. Because, by taking a U-turn, you have a new mind, which will allow you to do what is good, acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rm. 12:1-2)
In order to continue without sin, there is the need to be sober and vigilant, because sin never leaves a person, but hibernates. It resurfaces whenever occasion allows for it. Therefore, it has to be suppressed by the renew mind by laying aside all worldly anxieties and giving no chance to sins that easily entice and ensnare, (Heb. 12:2). After you have completed these steps, you are reconciled again with God, your creator.
However weak your flesh may be, you have been endowed with the spirit of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, the supernatural power, to help you rid the sins in your life. Arise today, not tomorrow; tomorrow might be too late. The prodigal son said. “I will arise, I will go to my father” and the Bible says “and he arose”. Today, rise up against the greatest enemy of your life, sin, so that you may have a refreshing time in the presence of God as it was with Adam and Eve before the fall of man.

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Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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