Faith may be a gift, but putting off sin is a choice. We can argue all day about how much faith is our doing and how much it’s God’s. Yes, God sometimes hardens a person’s heart to disobedience (Ex. 11:10; Deut. 2:30, Josh. 11:20, John 12:40; etc.). But the whole scope of the Bible shows that each of us chooses whether or not to hold on to sin. So what will it be? Holding on to sin may give us pleasure right here, right now. But putting it away opens up a whole new reality.
From the upcoming book, Think Again!, copyright 2007, 2013, A. Milton Stanley