Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time;

If we can take our spiritual hats off for a moment and be honest, we can see that sin is pleasurable. Sin satisfies our flesh. It’s pleasurable to go out all night and get drunk at the club. It’s satisfying to our flesh to get high and let lust run wild. It’s exhilarating to eat, drink, have no limits or constraints, and do whatever we desire to do.

This pleasure is what keeps some of us from surrendering our all to God. We’d rather enjoy our lives to the fullest and we don’t want to be told how to live it.

Everything is permissible, but everything is not beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23). Romans 8:13 says, if we live according to the flesh, we will die. That’s a guarantee. We will die. It may not be immediately, but sin shortens and reduces the quality of our lives.

Because God loves us, He puts limits in His Word and He desires for us to be led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13). It’s up to us to discipline our flesh and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Our motivation for this permanent change is to honor a God Who’s done so much in our lives. He’s done countless things in our lives and the least we can do is sacrifice the cravings of our flesh for Him.

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.