1 Corinthians 16:13-14 gives us 5 commands for victory over sin in our lives. We have seen that we are to be alert, and stand firm in our faith. Today, we are reminded that we are to be mature! One of the hardest things we do as an individual is grow up. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. Paul doesn’t tell us to use some magical formula in order to acquire victory over sin, he simply tells us to “act like men”. Often, we sin because like a child, we want what we want, and will do anything to get it, even sacrificing our moral convictions. As adults, we have to learn to say “no” to our desires, and learn to make correct decisions, based upon the Word of God. Many who claim to be followers of Christ have only a shallow knowledge of God’s Word. Often this is because they trust in personal experience or feelings as truth, or regard personal comfort and success as their priorities in life. We must understand the value of sacrifice, and the benefit of long-term gain over the short-term benefits. As an adult, we need to learn to live in the boundaries established by the Word of God, and not allow our selfish desires to dictate our choices.