"I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return] developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you." (Philippians 1:6, The Amplified Bible)
From the moment you were born again, God began to peel things away from you that were holding you back, things that were stopping Him from operating in your life with power.
And He’s still doing that. You’re still growing. You keep growing and allowing God to talk to you and deal with you. He keeps speaking to you about things you need to change, things you need to drop out of your life.
But it’s not just about dropping things, it’s about taking on new things. Taking more of the things of God unto ourselves. We grow further by learning the Word and the truth of the Word. The old habits and old lifestyle lose their hold on us and fall away.
The more you get to know God, the less you want the old things. The more you know God, the more of the old is peeled away.
You could just say, “OK, I’m not going to smoke cigarettes anymore. I’m not going to do it anymore. I just won’t.”
That’s better than saying you will do it. But there is a much better way.
The best way is to get so caught up in the things of God that God’s Spirit and His power begin to throw those things off you. You have to put your will in gear, and will to do what’s right, but when you do, my, oh my, His power will change you.
So get in the Word. Meditate on it. Listen to tapes of the Word preached. Don’t ever stop. Remember, you should always be growing.
Just get caught up in Him.