When the believer yields to sin, the same scenario is played out with slightly different dynamics. They initially know, “I am believer.” This change in behavior is simply they act in one group for acceptance. After a long enough period of pretending to be someone else, they lose the sense of who they really are.
There is an eastern proverb that illustrates my point. A man went to sleep and dreamed he was a butterfly. When he awoke, he didn’t know if he was a man who dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly that dreamed he was a man. The moral of the story is that playing any role undermines our inherent sense of identity.
The first time we compromise, we know we are believers pretending to be what the world wants us to be. But if we follow that path to its inevitable end, we begin to feel that we really are a sinner who is just pretending to be a believer. We lose our very soul! We don’t know who we are. We live in a deeply conflicted and tormenting life-style.
The apostle Paul faced this same struggle and passed along to us the secrets to break free from these destructive patterns. You don’t have to spend the rest of your life trying to get past these issues. In a matter of a few minutes a day, you can forever change your life, establish your new identity, and live in complete peace!