I recently had a discussion with members of the church about why people continue in habitual sin after receiving Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. I see two aspects of the problem.
First, was the conversion genuine or not? We really cannot say whether a person is a Christian or not; we can observe the actions of the person; but, only God knows for sure. The person who is born again begins his process of holiness and subjects his whole being to the pleasing and perfect will of our Savior and Lord.
Second, the question is “Who is first in a person’s life or who is on the throne of his life, himself or God?” A person who lives in habitual sin has put himself first. He has placed his personal desires above the teachings of God. Not a good situation. James 1:22 says, “Do not content yourself with just hearing the word, for you deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
If God is in the first position, He provides the filter for a person’s actions. Your filter will guide your thoughts and actions; then you can base your personal desires on His teachings. The basis of consecration is submission to God; no one will attain sanctification without submission.
I think we all need to take stock of our lives to see who is on the throne of our existence. If God is not in the first place, we need to make the necessary adjustments to put Him there. 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Therefore since we have these promises, my brethren, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates the body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”