Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12: 2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
We all have choices every day. We have choices in how we react to criticism, choices in how we handle adversity, choices in doing what we are told, choices in doing good for others, choices to read God’s Word, choices to reject God, and choices in breaking bad.
Several characters in the Bible are documented as breaking bad. Cain chose to stray from God’s request for sacrifice and chose instead to become the first domestic violence suspect by killing his own brother. Cain chose jealousy over humility. Cain chose murder over love.
Cain wasn’t the first “breaking bad” bandit. His own parents chose to “go rogue” in the Garden of Eden by eating the fruit God specifically warned them not to eat. They chose selfishness and pride over humility and obedience.
In just the first few chapters of the Bible, we see mankind fall apart and give weigh to sin. Mankind, created in God’s perfect image, raised their fists to God and told Him “we will do it our own way”. This began a long series of perfection distortion. God wants us to deny ourselves. He wants us to follow Him. He came to our earth to show us how to treat others, to live, to deny sin, and to worship God.
Instead of mimicking Christ, we instead lose our tempers, fix our minds on lies from Satan, and choose to leave Christ behind and engage our temptations, instead of flee from them.
How do we say no to “breaking bad”. We jump into God’s Word. When is the last time you had a daily devotional? Just as you cannot drive without gas, you cannot walk through this life undefeated without “filling up” on God’s Word. He wants us to not just read the Bible, but engage it. He wants us to be a light in this dark world. He wants us to speak up to the stranger in line at lunch and tell them about God. He wants us to look for the hurting. He wants you to transform your life, not conform to the world. He wants us to be transformers.
Dont just settle for “Breaking Bad”, because the world loves sin. Instead, choose to break into God’s Word each day before school or before you go to bed and live a life that pleases God. There will be an eternal blessing for not giving in daily to your temptations, to stand proudly as a child of God, and becoming a representative for Christ. Choose you this day whom you will serve. Could your life be described recently as “breaking bad” or are you “breaking barriers” by choosing Christ?