Have you ever held on to something (or someone) you know you should let go of, yet the wings of your desire just couldn't cut loose from the current? You know, that certain goose--sin--in your life that wants to take its place at the front of the V- pulling the thermal of your course errantly south?
In spite of an inner unction to cease flight and re-route, you fly on.
So what do you do when your faith, challenged by temptation, takes flight in a direction that will clearly result in a migratory mishap?
Change your compass, of course!
Look up ; Set your affections on things above-heavenly things-not on things below. In other words, surround yourself with God, and Godly influences ; friends, reading material-especially scripture, music and activities.
Look in ; Examine yourself to be sure you are in the faith. Pray for the Lord to give you a discerning heart to distinguish right from wrong.
As you pray, beware of falling victim to the "strive" mindset. While obedience to scriptural commands is definitely a theological axiom, ultimately, it is-- Not by might, not by power, but my spirit, says the Lord, that victory is found.
In other words, relying fully on human effort to extract oneself from a stronghold of sin will always fail.
Striving fails--Spirit prevails.
Look East ; Look to the eastern horizon where The sun of righteousness rises with healing in his wings.
Confess your sin, change your course by pulling out of formation, and then hold to the promise--He will remove your sin from you as far as the east is from the west.
And whatever you do? DON'T LOOK DOWN!
Can you do it? Yes!
Can you let that thing go? yes!
Will it seem like your dying? Probably.
Will the reward be greater than imagined? Absolutely!
For I am the lord, your very great reward.