Every day we make decisions concerning various matters. We make decisions in relation to how we are going to spend our money or our spare time, or how to speak to, or about someone, or how to write a particular letter, or how to react to another's behaviour, or how much time to spend in studying the Word or in prayer or in serving the church etc., We react to the actions and words and behaviour of people around us from morning till night. We may not be realising it, but we make at least a hundred decisions every day - and in each of those decisions we decide either to please ourselves or to please God. Many of our actions are not the result of conscious decisions. But even then, we do them in one of these two ways - either seeking to please ourselves or to glorify God. Our unconscious actions are determined by the way we make our conscious decisions. Finally, it is the sum total of these decisions that determine whether we become spiritual or carnal. Think of the millions of decisions that we have made ever since we were first converted. Those who have consciously and consistently chosen to deny their self-will many times each day and to do the will of God, have become spiritual. On the other hand, those who have rejoiced merely in the forgiveness of their sins, and who therefore chose to please themselves most of the time have remained carnal. Each person's decisions have determined what he has finally become. You are today as humble and as holy and as loving as you yourself have chosen to be, through the thousands of decisions that you have made in the various situations of life in past years. Spirituality is not something that comes through one encounter with God. It is the result of choosing the way of self-denial and of doing God's will CONSISTENTLY day after day, week after week, and year after year. Consider the spiritual state of two brothers (both converted to Christ on the same day), ten years after their conversion. One is now a mature brother with spiritual discernment, to whom God can commit much responsibility in the church. The other is still a child, without discernment, and needing to be fed and encouraged by others constantly. What is it that has made such a difference between the two? The answer is: The little decisions that they took during each day of the ten years of their Christian life. If they continue on in the same way, in another 10 years, the difference between them will be even more pronounced. And in eternity, their differing degrees of glory will be as different as the light emitted by a 2000-watt bulb and a 5- watt bulb!! "One star differs from another star in glory" (1 Cor.15:41). If you determine to be faithful from now on, you will have no regrets in eternity, no matter how much you may have failed in your past life up until now. Take life seriously then. Think of how Jesus lived in the days of His flesh in Nazareth, and follow His example. Say to yourself, "I have been born on this earth, to DENY my own will, and to DO the will of my Heavenly Father". Let Jesus alone be your Example. You have a calling over your life and you cannot afford to lose that, no matter what else you may lose on this earth. Think often of the day when you will have to give an account of your life at the judgment-seat of Christ. So forget the blunders that you have made in life. Repent radically of your sins and be wholehearted in the days to come. God forgives you and blots out your past. Don't mope over your failures now, or you will be a drifter in the future too. The memory of your failures will help you to recognise that you are what you are only by the grace of God. It will also enable you to keep your face in the dust at all times before God. Determine that you will become a true man/woman of God.
Amen Sister . . . once we receive Jesus it is a continuous battle between our spirit man and our flesh one warring against the other. This battle will continue until this flesh sleeps (or is changed in the rapture). It should be the desire in each born-again believer to strive to live a life in this flesh which brings glory and honor to our Savior.
You have explained it beautifully, and correctly. Our reward in heaven will be in accordance with our works on earth beginning at the time of our salvation. If our works are good we will receive reward accordingly. If our works are not good, then our works will be burned and perish, however we will be saved.
[quote]Consider the spiritual state of two brothers (both converted to Christ on the same day), ten years after their conversion. One is now a mature brother with spiritual discernment, to whom God can commit much responsibility in the church. The other is still a child, without discernment, and needing to be fed and encouraged by others constantly. What is it that has made such a difference between the two? The answer is: The little decisions that they took during each day of the ten years of their Christian life.[/quote]
And that is the difference in a carnal Christian and a spiritual Christian. Praise the Lord . . . I have never witnessed anyone explain it any clearer than you have here.
Continue in good works sister. You are a blessing to all.
Abiding in Jesus,
What a simple but yet profound blog, I enjoyed it completely.
God Bless and keep blessing us with your writings
Good post.[b] I would just note one important thing...the power source![/b]
The christian life is Christ living his life through us. When we reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive unto God in Christ, He lives His life through us. (Rom 6:11)
Paul willed to live only unto God and you hear his cry in Romans 7:15 thru Rom 8:17. The things He desired to do he did not, the things he did not desire to do, he did!
[quote]I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."[/quote]
When the Holy Spirit empowers us with the life of Christ then we must indeed choose and those choices will determine reward or loss, carnality or spirituality.
I personally experienced this many years ago. I was being crushed under a spirit of rejection, although I did not know that is what was happening. I SO wanted to please God and be right with Him. God revealed Eph. 1:4 ... my acceptance in Christ before the foundation of the world (before I could do anything right or wrong)! I realized the truth of Romans 6-8 and it was like "being born again, again!"
It was and is a profound revelation that unfortunately many will not accept until they come to an end of themselves. Those who do not realize the truth in the Word of the utter hopelessness of sinful flesh fall into a number of possible pits. Some who are naturally strong end up in self-righteousness. Those profoundly weak end up hopeless and perhaps walking away from Christ. Those, like myself, suffer.
I realize there are those who have never made Jesus Lord ... that is the starting point. Perhaps your example falls into this category, nevertheless the solution is still the same ... surrender, reckon, believe, and walk by the Spirit and not the flesh.
What you say is true. I believe that as long as we exist we are always to [i]grow[/i] in grace for if we are not growing we are either stagnant or dead!
I am also very glad that God is patient and merciful. He remembers we are but dust and when we blunder, He is willing to forgive us, teach us and help us get back on track once again.
May we remember the lessons God teaches us.
Yes, everyday is a choice. :wink: We must choose wisely for that the path we will take for the rest of our lives. May we choose the ways of God always.
Thanks for sharing, Sister Tina
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