The Option God Offers Us {{Week 4}}

In Ephesians 4:20-24, we are met with the reality of our sin nature. We are reminded that, it is is gross and reeks. Yet, then, we find something in the Bible that can soothe the weariest of us.

“Instead…”

See, the God we serve. While we could continue to be entrapped and tackled on by the team of our entire old evil nature, something else happens.

Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, offers us another way!

Each day, we make choices on whom we will serve. Will we do this, or that? Will we go here, or there? Most of these choices, we don’t think about. Most of them, we go through the motions – not giving much thought as to what we are doing. We just do them.

But, what if… we took a different path today? What if, we deliberately sought after Jesus today? What if we took His path more seriously today than ever before– and intentionally lived our lives centered on pursuing Him (who first pursued us)?

“Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes… You are a new person created in God’s likeness (see Eph. 4:23-25).”

Yesterday is gone, my friends.

Today is all we have.

Today is what is sitting in front of us. We may be intensely struggling with routines, habits, addictions, and sins we have struggled to overcome, but let today be the day where you press into Jesus – letting Him hold you and direct your thoughts/attitudes.

Because Jesus is the key!

Everything we are fighting to overcome, Jesus is that key we have long time been searching for.

Jesus is offering Himself to you and me at this very moment.

Let’s not delay in turning to Him, seeking His Presence, and pouring out our hearts to the One who has made them. He knows every single thing about us (see Ps. 139). He is just waiting for us to come close, so He can whisper to us (see James 4:8).

The Destructive – Popular Road (Part One)

We should expect an increase of violence in the land we live in. In the United States of America. If we think it is bad now, we can expect it to get much worse. But, how can I say, such a thing? Why would I say such a thing? When we deny God the authority in our lives that is rightly His, we can expect a deadly, destructive path. As Scripture states,

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few (Matthew 7:13-14).”

While the road may be broad and appealing…. When we deny God’s authority in our lives and follow the “popular” road, we are fighting against a holy God! (see Acts 5:38-39) I have news for you. If you go against God, you will not win – until you come to the other side, and realize your need for Jesus as Your Savior! Then, you have joined the winning team. By His grace.

I know what the Word of God says.
I know what the Word of God teaches us.
I know if we do not seek God, we will seek the world.

In seeking the world, we will pursue things opposite of God – opposite to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. God is the Author of such things. How can you expect such things, if you are dead-set against God – a holy God? Instead we become lovers and pursuers of ourselves and the world’s offerings, this is what we can expect: Violence. Turmoil. A decline of acknowledge of any unchanging truth, especially those found in the Holy Bible. And, so much more.

Things don’t have to go this way. It can be stopped. The question is only, will we do something? We need to change the course we are on, right now. It must begin with each of us – one at a time.

We find specific instructions in the Word of God. This series is about overcoming the “destructive, popular road” that our society pursues. Instead of a God – honoring lifestyle, many choose the disastrous (yet popular) lifestyle. Following God has become a rarity in our culture, when in fact following God needs to become the norm.

Seeking after God’s heart needs to become our only pursuit. We need to return to our Creator. We need to stop fighting God, and begin to seek Him. We need to seek Him, and absolutely refuse to stop!

Stay tuned, as I begin to share them.