[box] God could have made us robots, marching to His heart, forced to love completely, obeying from the start. Instead He made us separate, with built-in modes for choice, so love would prove more precious when we finally hear His voice…[/box]
I wrote this as a young teen in the trenches of a choices…
I was the girl who believed if someone didn’t like her, there was something terribly wrong with her.
Have you ever met someone who was so insecure about relationships that she sometimes controlled, manipulated, and strangled them?
Love, by nature, can’t be forced; it necessitates choice.
To love God or not to love God;
That is the question.
Can you think of a more important decision? A greater freedom?
Every day we must choose: Will I say “yes” to God or “no.”
I said “yes” to Him when I was four, but many times my actions said, “No thanks, God. I know what you told me, but I’d rather go my own way on this one.”
True confidence and security comes from trusting God’s way is always best.
Today I cling to these truths:
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 1:7
- “To fear the LORD is to hate evil.” Proverbs 8:13
- “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31,32
To grow in Christ, we must choose to hate sin. We must choose to hate it in ourselves more than we hate it in others.
If you’re like me, you’re incensed when people hurt people. You even hope God teaches them lessons ~ those losers!
What would happen if we held the same kind of intolerance for our own sins?
Here’s a verse that ought to stop us in our tracks if not slow us in them:
[box] “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2[/box]
By choice, Jesus took care of our sin problem. Today, when we hear His voice, will we seize His power to love, or will we cave to the satanic hissings that snake into our garden to destroy it?
The beautiful choice is up to us.
Would you tell us about the day you chose to follow Christ OR
could you share a Scripture that would help others say “yes” to Christ in the midst of everyday temptations?
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