Responses to this Lesson
Since it is a choice, it comes down to which do we love more: by Chris Priebe
Rated 3 of 5 by 8 users (Print Notes)
The choice really is between sin and God.† The more I love sin the more prone I will be to have sin.† The more I love God the more I will want to follow Him. † The hard truth is that when I choose to sin I am really saying I love it more than God.† It is an idol to me and must go.† The exciting truth is that the more I come to love God, the less power sin will have over me.
Prev | Next | Index
deecee4jaycee writes on 2001-07-26
God or sin?
How do I come to love God????
Seeking His face.....
Daily prayer times.....
Praising Him in song.....
Reading His Word......
Following His Son......
Being still and knowing that He is God..
Sharing His love.....
Obeying His commandments.....
How do I come to sin????
Lying on the phone for others.....
Avoiding lost friends.....
Avoiding saved friends.....
Not caring about anyone but, myself...
Carrying my Bible but, never reading it.
Hiding my Christianity.....
Going along with the crowd.....
The choice is mine.
- by deecee4jaycee
hugapoohlouise writes on 0000-00-00
What I failed to realize when I first got saved is that this is an ongoing battle. You don¥t just face it once and move on. Everyday you face it and the only way to succeed is with God¥s grace and mercy. It helps me to picture the Israelites wondering in the wilderness for 40 years. If God can bring them through that He can bring me through too.
- by hugapoohlouise
reklawnhoj writes on 2002-03-14
I think that it is an excellent point which needs to continually be taught that when we love something ( or someone ) more than God we are dabbling with Idolatry and this is something which God will not tolerate in the lives of his children. Thankfully, there is Jesus and if we confess this sin (as what it is , Idolatry and nothing less, after all we must be honest with ourselves and God ) he will forgive us, cleanse us and renew our fellowship with himself. He truly is a gracious God of long suffering and mercy. ----- 1 John 1:9
- by reklawnhoj
D-lite writes on 2002-05-15
Choosing Destinyís Path ñ Matt 7:13-14 : ìEnter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.î
Every choice comes with consequences, immediate and delayed. Before we choose a path, we should carefully consider its destination. The condition of the path should not necessarily influence the choice. The greater consideration should be given to its destination. It is a good idea to look at a map to see where one is going today, so that one can be sure to get there tomorrow. From what Jesus tells us in this passage, I see that I am the only one who can make the choices concerning my destiny.
a) 2 Paths: There is a broad road and a narrow road. I can choose the road I travel and the destination. One way leads to destruction, and the other to life. Itís my journey and I have to take out the map to decide where I want to be when my journey ends.
b) Broad Way ñ Fast and Smooth: Most people choose to take the broad way and the wide gate to enter their future. Because most people take the broad way, thereís lots of traffic. Because you¥ll get so much support it will be harder to leave this way if you decide that it¥s not the destination you want. If you get into the stream of traffic on the broad way, itís becomes very difficult to change directions. So, itís hard to get back into the slow lane to find an exit if you need to make a change. The faster and farther you go, the less the likelihood of being able to change directions.
c) Narrow Way - Lonely Way: Itís much easier taking a freeway than driving on a narrow winding country road. However, if one chooses the narrow way one can expect that it will be mostly a solitary journey, because ìonly a few find itî. There wonít be much company on this path. If I expect a lot of support, I will be disappointed.
d) Narrow Way - Not the Easy or Fast Way: The narrow way will also be the more difficult terrain - because it is narrow. The narrow way will take longer and will be more challenging. But the easy and fast way is usually the wrong way. The narrow way is the only way that leads to my desired destination - Life.
- by D-lite
stevehigh writes on 2002-08-16
While I agree that Christ has ultimately made it possible to overcome all sin, I would have to take excption to your statement that not sinning is a simple matter of choice, or a lack of love for God. I agree that as we become more intimate with God we will also become more holy, however there are some other issues to be considered. There are spiritual, emotional and physical bondages which sometimes require the power of God to set a person free, before they can effectively exert their will in God¥s favor. For those of us that have repeatedly tried and failed (including Paul, "oh wretched man that I am." Romans) we find that simply choosing doesn¥t always work. If it did, there would be no need for the power of the cross. The cross, not the human will, crucifies the flesh. Again, I agree in general with your statement, many tmes we do choose to sin, however to make a blanket statement that it is the only reason, leaves us with only our own willpower and can discourage those who genuinely love the Lord. It is as the old story of the bird in the cage, Christ must open the door, but then we must choose to fly away.
- by stevehigh
firstname.lastname@example.org writes on 2004-11-26
I just want to thank deecee from texas for leadership and guidance I have asked God for leadership in his kingdom I was blind and could not see when I first found out about Authentic walk ministries back in 2001 I am thankful knowing this ministry has put me back on track in my journey to God´s kingdom
- by email@example.com
Prev | Next | Index
Click here to add your own response
© Authentic Walk Ministries, 2000-2013. Permission granted to reproduce as is for private study, Sunday School, Small Groups & Course lectures. Please request permission for all permanent public mediums such as magazines, books, and radio from from me
Bibliographical Information: Priebe, Chris Ed. "Authentic Walk Ministries - Online Discipleship Course" <www.authenticwalk.com?Cat=379&P=7&M=&V=&L=> Archived at: 23 May 2013.