'Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.' Psalm 17:8 NIV
Take a look at Paul’s words to the Romans: ‘Don’t you realise that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey?...give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.’ (Romans 6:16–19 NLT) This isn’t about making a new ticklist, or to constantly be checking that every single part of us is in perfect shape all the time. It’s about choosing to live with God in charge of our decisions: then He’ll work in us to become more like Him. Which means we have a choice to make: are we going to set our minds/efforts on living with God? But there’s also the other side to it: Choosing to indulge in things that aren’t pleasing to God. Jesus didn’t mince words on this kind of thing. In Matthew 5:28 NIV He says that ‘anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’ It doesn’t matter what level you’re operating on, any form of sexual indulgence/ theft/ gossip is not only against God’s will, but dangerous. Yes, we’re at the heavy end of things here, but we all need to get this: if we include not–so–godly decisions in our lifestyle, then we offer the enemy a way to entrap and enslave us. (1) We need to choose God, and (2) We need to ‘throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.’ (Hebrews 12:1 NIV) Galatians 5:19–21 is a great place for a spiritual check–up. It’s free. Do it. But here’s the good news: He’s already paid the price—all your mistakes are forgiven already.
SoulFood: 1 Kings 14-15; Luke 12:13-21; Ps 61; Pro 6:16-19
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