- “We can choose the rat race, or we can choose to not love this world and “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and … run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). We each make our own choice, but the pressure to make the wrong choice is intense and should not be underestimated. As my first Bible study leader was fond of saying, “You can choose your way, but you can’t choose the result.”Excerpt From: Morley, Patrick. “The Man in the Mirror.” Zondervan, 1997. iBooks.
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- It is not possible to have Jesus and your favorite sin. You can think you are having both, but God will not share you with your sin. What is your “Jesus and”, and what will you do to remove it? Applied Christian Growth said, “One of mine had long been “Jesus and rage”. Anytime I was scared, sad, or hurt I reacted that way. Instead I had to begin laying those things at Christ’s feet.”
- Saying that you are a follower of Jesus or that the devil fears you, without having knowledge of such things and obedience to God; is like saying you are a car because you sit in your garage and say “vroom”! It might sound cool, but it is a lie and very foolish.
“So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]! Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?” (James 2:17-20 AMP)