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Sunday, January 15, 2012

God does not deceive ... begin a new life today

God deceives no one
Others do
The Devil and his advocates do

Having to prove who you are
is not God-designed
He knows who you are
He can see into our hearts
How we live reveals who we are and to whom we belong
whether we follow Jesus –
The One who is The Way
or another
who is in the way of Him.

IF you love me, give me a new place to live
IF you care about me, give me a baby
IF you want me more than anything, give, do, be

Oh why?
Why should we have to prove to another anything?
It should be apparent. One’s actions should reveal one’s motives.
One’s heart determines one’s true love.

Deception is an act of the devil.God does not deceive.

God tells us the way, shows us the way, is with us along the way through all of life, but the devil …

he tempts us, deceives us into believing that whatever we think is best,
our desires are more important than the truth. The devil gets us to thinking our loved one does not love us, could never love us, therefore
we’ll show them. We’ll go away and then they’ll be sorry.

Who will be sorry? Will they … or will you?

The devil enticed you, played upon your already depressed spirit and brought you to a place you truly did not want to be. He won. But have you? The devil succeeded in getting you to fall prey to him and all the evilness and insincerity in the world.

Hear what is written in the New Living Translation of God’s Holy Word, James 1:

“Dear brothers and sisters,
whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. 
If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask him, and he will gladly tell you.  He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.” verses 2-8

“God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, ‘God is tempting me.’ God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. These evil desires lead to to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. So don’t be misled.” verses 12-16

“Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them he never changes or casts shifting shadows. In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.” verses 17-18

We – you and me – are children of God. But unless we have a personal relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave up his life on the cross at Calvary for your sins past present and future, we miss the mark.

We are God’s choice possession. He calls us to holiness, to a life set apart for Him, not onto our selves. When we ignore God’s welcoming hand, His love, and turn away from Him, we are effectively saying NO! I’m doing it may way. The life I live is my choice.

Yes, it is your choice. God gives us all free will. But we can choose to turn away from personal desires and turn to the Lord. We can choose to say YES! I believe YOU died for me. YES! I accept Your gift of grace. YES! The Lord’s birth, death and resurrection was all for me.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.”
John 3:16-17 NLT

We can choose to obey the Lord … or not to obey

“If you want to be perfect (complete), go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21 NLT

We can choose to rely on the Word of Jesus Christ, we can choose to accept His Word as a more secure foundation than all the securities of the world. 

We can choose to hear His call, His tug on our hearts. 

We can choose to make a positive response, we can choose to follow Him and be obedient to every instruction He gives us. 

We can choose to listen, to be still and hear, really hear His response to us.

It is our choice, each one of us. Why not choose God, obedience?

Why not choose New Life and give up the old?

“He died for everyone so that those who receive new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was risen for them.” II Corinthians 5:15 NLT

“So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anyone, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” II Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT

In that new life we have begun we must not forget His word – His promises, His truths, His commandments, His love, Him.

Every day is a new day – a day to remember, a day to not forget, a day to be obedient, a day to be loving – a day to turn again to God’s act of salvation so that again, we can move forward.

Won’t you choose to take that step forward, to depart from the old, to become new … today?

Have you accepted Jesus as your personal savior?
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