Galatians 5:16-18: “My counsel is this: Live motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with the Spirit, just as the Spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions?”
Choosing to side with God’s Word is a continual challenge. It’s not something you do just once. It’s a process of choosing to believe and act upon the Word of God over and over in every situation and circumstance. Choosing Jesus and His Word is what we all must do – if we want to live free from the bondage of sin and the pull of this world. Years ago, I decided I was going to choose Jesus and His Word. Since then I’ve had to choose Him again and again in situations every day. I’ve chosen Him as my Lord and Savior. I’ve chosen Him as my Healer. I’ve chosen Him as my Provider. I’ve chosen Him as the Head of my household. I’ve chosen Him as the Head of my ministry. And I still have to choose Him moment by moment. It’s deceptive to believe that a choice that I made for Jesus sometime in the past is securing my destiny. Jesus said that “those who ENDURE to THE END shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Jesus actually tells us in Luke 18:8 “That when He returns, He will be looking for faithfulness.” This life is not just about making it to heaven. If that is your understanding of salvation, then you haven’t really understood why Jesus came. NO, this life is about living in the VICTORY that Jesus won for us – NOW – here on earth. That VICTORY can only be realized and demonstrated in our lives as we choose Him in every decision. “Choose TODAY whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). This is a daily, moment by moment, decision by decision choosing that truly exposes the motives of our heart.
It’s religious deception to believe that a choice I made sometime in the past is securing my destiny.
Sometimes the choice is hard, but God has promised that it will never be too difficult or that He hasn’t made a way to overcome. At times when circumstances are overwhelming and contrary to what God has promised, we are tempted to believe the circumstance instead of the Word. We must recognize that every temptation is the work of the enemy. The choice to not believe is the temptation of UNBELIEF. “As a person thinks in their heart, so are they” Proverbs 23:7. In this world, the outcome of every test, trial, and temptation is according to our own beliefs. We choose to live by the Spirit or the flesh. The Holy Spirit who lives in every believer always agrees with God and His Word. Unbelief chooses to not believe what God has said, so will suffer the consequence of not having what God has promised (Hebrews 3:19). In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Jesus is saying He will not allow us to be subjected to a temptation we’re unable to overcome. With every temptation, He will make a way of escape. He will ALWAYS make sure you have a choice and the GRACE to OVERCOME every temptation.
We choose to live by the Spirit or the flesh.
When the devil comes to tempt you, the Spirit of God is there providing you with the way to overcome. God isn’t off duty somewhere unaware of what is happening to you. God matches the toughest temptations with the weapons of His WORD and the Holy Spirit that lives in you to conquer. He always “makes it possible for you to choose righteousness and life, the path that leads to immortality” (Proverbs 12:28). Consistency is important. Others are watching and your consistency establishes your reputation – your reputation with others, God and the devil.
So, DO NOT EVER GIVE UP!!
My prayer for you today is that “you will be strong and courageous to endure to the end” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). So, choose to be consistent. Choose to walk in love. Choose to walk by faith. Choose to live by the Word. Choose to be led by His Spirit. Choose to not forsake being in church. Your choices will always bring reward or consequence (Romans 6:23). Choose to – Be consistent! Amen!
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”