I used to think this verse, “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire” sounded so harsh (Mark 9:47). However, after years of observing the devastation of sin in people’s lives: destroyed marriages, relationships, families,health and all that sin leaves in its wake, I now feel that I can see the heart of Jesus in this verse. It seems to say, “sin is NOT WORTH IT; do whatever it takes to get it out of your life, nothing is too extreme in your pursuit of freedom from sin”. In His great love for us He wants to protect us from the destruction and devastation that sin brings. “For the wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Choose His gift of life. Abundant life is available for us as we choose Him and His way each day for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Let’s say YES to walking with Jesus and determine to partner with Him in eradicating sin from our lives so that we can walk in His fullness. He gives perfect peace, joy unspeakable and full of glory, a sound mind and so much more as we learn to renew our minds to line up with His truth, His way and His life. Don’t settle for what sin is offering you because it is only temporal and in the end can only bring death and separation from God. Have faith in the One who gave His life for you, that He can also empower and enable you to live and walk in victory over sin.
Scripture references: Matthew 5:29-30; Mark 9:43-48; Philippians 4:7; John 10:10, 14:27, 15:11, 17:13; 1 Peter 1:8; Romans 12:2, 15:13
How do we define the person we want to be? We accumulate ideas, thoughts, and perceptions as we journey through the ups and downs of this life that help or hinder us from becoming that person. It can be perplexing at times to find that the person we desire to be is often created by the events, if given the option, we would choose to avoid.
I have an ideal that I wish to live in; a vision of which I would like my life to mirror; heroes of whom I would like to be numbered with; and yet, it all just seems to come down to choices. One right choice built upon another. The continued process of putting one foot in front of the other to accomplish one goal at a time. Many times it is just a single choice of choosing to get up after one of many falls or the choice to stand when one feels like falling.
If we could each determine to stand as Jesus did while He was here on earth, we could create a world that our children could also have the choice to stand, live in vision and enjoy the perplexities of a life fully lived.
As we get up each day choosing to live a life that is pleasing to our Creator we become the person He created us to be and thus enjoy a life fully lived.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Everything in our lives has a voice and the voices are vying for our attention. Our success greatly depends on which voice we choose to listen to.
Discouragement and Disappointment have a voice, they speak their thoughts to us BUT we can choose to not listen and instead choose to listen to Hope and Faith and Love as found in the Word of God.
The voices translated into our thoughts will either bring life or death to our emotions and future events. Thoughts of hope, faith and love produce energy, life and vision. Listening to the voice of discouragement and disappointment will only cause us to feel weakened, weary and defeated.
So, today choose to agree with the voice of life and silence every voice that is contrary to what God says about you and your situation. For God makes a way where there seems to be no way.
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”