“Do not give in to sinful desires.” Romans 6:12 (NLT)
The Apostle Paul writes: “So you should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God. . .” (vv. 11-13 NLT).
Self-denial is a battle within itself. As children of the Most High God, we must make every effort to deny the sinful desires of the flesh. Trying to accomplish this in our own strength is impossible for us but it is by the power of God through Christ Jesus that we are enabled to do it. When faced with temptations, the Apostle Paul says “we are not to give in to sinful desires.” Therefore, to take control of our sinful and fleshly desires we must relinquish control to the very One who can handle it for us. Turn to God in weakness and He will strengthen you! Practice self-control by giving yourself completely to God. Then you can walk in confidence knowing God is in control.