As a parent raising children, we have often heard the adage,
"Rules without relationship, equals rebellion."
The motivation for running away from sin flows directly out of a love relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Tim Keller writes the following, @DailyKeller:
"Legalistic remorse says, "I broke God's rules,"
while real repentance says, "I broke God's heart."
When I read that I was undone.
As Pastor Steve preached this morning, I was reminded of Joseph's reason for not sinning. It wasn't, I'm going to get in trouble.
It was, how could I sin against God? (Genesis 39:9)
Our motivation for obedience has to come out a desire not to grieve the One who loves us like none other.
So with that in mind, what is our strategy for obedience?
Daily study and meditation on God's word.
"Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You."
What was Jesus' strategy when He was tempted in the desert by Satan?
Each temptation was successfully resisted by Jesus quoting God's word.
The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written:‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. ’”Matthew 4:3-4
So let us not grieve God's heart this day. This day let God's word be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. (Psalms 119:105)
James 4:7 says,
"Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.