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Picking and Choosing Sin


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 28,29; Galatians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 6:12-18

Near the end of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he made one last attempt to explain that they were being led astray by false teaching.  In today’s key passage, Paul states that whether they were circumcised or uncircumcised really did not mean anything – what truly mattered most was that they were a new creation in Christ.  In addition, Paul makes an interesting point that I would like to focus on today.  He states that, “Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.” (Galatians 6:13)  See, the Judaizers were making a big deal about the fact that the Gentiles in Galatia were uncircumcised, but all the while, they were not following all of the other laws from the Old Testament.  The Judaizers were determining what was considered an important law that needed to be followed versus an unimportant law that did not need to be followed.  In effect, the Judaizers were picking and choosing what was considered a sin.

While it is easy for us to look back now on the Judaizers and realize what they were doing and condemn them for it, the sad truth is that most of us do the same thing from time to time.  We have all had moments where we have categorized sins.  For most people, sins are viewed in much the same way that the world views crime.  There are major crimes and minor crimes.  We all know that in most places around the world, murder is a serious crime.  Running a stop sign, on the other hand, is typically not that big of a deal.  The problem here is that it is relatively easy to take that same system of categorizing crimes and apply it to sin.  When we do that, we think that killing someone is a “major” sin but hating someone is only a “minor” sin, for example.  Most people agree that theft is a sin, but they easily justify the telling of a “little white lie”.  Likewise, most people agree that adultery is a sin, but they fail to see that lusting after another person or looking at pornography are also sins.  When we attempt to categorize sin or choose what is acceptable, we miss the whole point.

The simple truth is this – God does not distinguish between “major” sins and “minor” sins.  To a perfect God, all sin is sin and He abhors it.  In fact, because of His infinite perfection, He cannot even stand to be around sin in any way.  The Bible does not say that the wages of some sin is death.  It does not say that the wages of really bad sin is death.  It simply says, “For the wages of sin is death”  (Romans 6:23)  All sin.  Period.  I understand that what I am saying is not the “popular” view of sin.  The “popular” view is that some sin is not that bad and that as long as we try really hard to be a good person we will be OK and will make it to Heaven.  This is an easy message to preach and is well received by the audience, but it is simply not Biblically sound.  The wages of sin is death.  Does that sound harsh?  Does that message seem gloomy?  Does it seem like no matter how hard we try we will never be able to live up to God’s perfect standard?  If so, then guess what – that is the whole point!  It is harsh.  It is gloomy.  We cannot live up to God’s prefect standard on our own.  It does not matter how hard we try, it will never happen.  Paul could not do it.  Peter could not do it.  Mother Teresa could not do it.  Only Jesus lived a perfect and blameless life.  He came here because He knew that none of us could be perfect.  He knew that all of us were going to fall short of God’s standard, so He lived a perfect life for us.  He allowed Himself to die for us.  He allowed Himself to be buried for us, and three days later, He was raised from the dead, and now He sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.  His perfection makes all of us look perfect in the eyes of God.  We are not saved by what we have done or what we can do; we are saved by what He has already done.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap of categorizing sin.  Understand that all sin is the same in the eyes of God, and put your faith and your focus where it belongs – on Jesus.

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Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

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Picking and Choosing Sin


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 28,29; Galatians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 6:12-18

Near the end of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he made one last attempt to explain that they were being led astray by false teaching.  In today’s key passage, Paul states that whether they were circumcised or uncircumcised really did not mean anything – what truly mattered most was that they were a new creation in Christ.  In addition, Paul makes an interesting point that I would like to focus on today.  He states that, “Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.” (Galatians 6:13)  See, the Judaizers were making a big deal about the fact that the Gentiles in Galatia were uncircumcised, but all the while, they were not following all of the other laws from the Old Testament.  The Judaizers were determining what was considered an important law that needed to be followed versus an unimportant law that did not need to be followed.  In effect, the Judaizers were picking and choosing what was considered a sin.

While it is easy for us to look back now on the Judaizers and realize what they were doing and condemn them for it, the sad truth is that most of us do the same thing from time to time.  We have all had moments where we have categorized sins.  For most people, sins are viewed in much the same way that the world views crime.  There are major crimes and minor crimes.  We all know that in most places around the world, murder is a serious crime.  Running a stop sign, on the other hand, is typically not that big of a deal.  The problem here is that it is relatively easy to take that same system of categorizing crimes and apply it to sin.  When we do that, we think that killing someone is a “major” sin but hating someone is only a “minor” sin, for example.  Most people agree that theft is a sin, but they easily justify the telling of a “little white lie”.  Likewise, most people agree that adultery is a sin, but they fail to see that lusting after another person or looking at pornography are also sins.  When we attempt to categorize sin or choose what is acceptable, we miss the whole point.

The simple truth is this – God does not distinguish between “major” sins and “minor” sins.  To a perfect God, all sin is sin and He abhors it.  In fact, because of His infinite perfection, He cannot even stand to be around sin in any way.  The Bible does not say that the wages of some sin is death.  It does not say that the wages of really bad sin is death.  It simply says, “For the wages of sin is death”  (Romans 6:23)  All sin.  Period.  I understand that what I am saying is not the “popular” view of sin.  The “popular” view is that some sin is not that bad and that as long as we try really hard to be a good person we will be OK and will make it to Heaven.  This is an easy message to preach and is well received by the audience, but it is simply not Biblically sound.  The wages of sin is death.  Does that sound harsh?  Does that message seem gloomy?  Does it seem like no matter how hard we try we will never be able to live up to God’s perfect standard?  If so, then guess what – that is the whole point!  It is harsh.  It is gloomy.  We cannot live up to God’s prefect standard on our own.  It does not matter how hard we try, it will never happen.  Paul could not do it.  Peter could not do it.  Mother Teresa could not do it.  Only Jesus lived a perfect and blameless life.  He came here because He knew that none of us could be perfect.  He knew that all of us were going to fall short of God’s standard, so He lived a perfect life for us.  He allowed Himself to die for us.  He allowed Himself to be buried for us, and three days later, He was raised from the dead, and now He sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.  His perfection makes all of us look perfect in the eyes of God.  We are not saved by what we have done or what we can do; we are saved by what He has already done.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap of categorizing sin.  Understand that all sin is the same in the eyes of God, and put your faith and your focus where it belongs – on Jesus.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Picking and Choosing Sin


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 28,29; Galatians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 6:12-18

Near the end of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he made one last attempt to explain that they were being led astray by false teaching.  In today’s key passage, Paul states that whether they were circumcised or uncircumcised really did not mean anything – what truly mattered most was that they were a new creation in Christ.  In addition, Paul makes an interesting point that I would like to focus on today.  He states that, “Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.” (Galatians 6:13)  See, the Judaizers were making a big deal about the fact that the Gentiles in Galatia were uncircumcised, but all the while, they were not following all of the other laws from the Old Testament.  The Judaizers were determining what was considered an important law that needed to be followed versus an unimportant law that did not need to be followed.  In effect, the Judaizers were picking and choosing what was considered a sin.

While it is easy for us to look back now on the Judaizers and realize what they were doing and condemn them for it, the sad truth is that most of us do the same thing from time to time.  We have all had moments where we have categorized sins.  For most people, sins are viewed in much the same way that the world views crime.  There are major crimes and minor crimes.  We all know that in most places around the world, murder is a serious crime.  Running a stop sign, on the other hand, is typically not that big of a deal.  The problem here is that it is relatively easy to take that same system of categorizing crimes and apply it to sin.  When we do that, we think that killing someone is a “major” sin but hating someone is only a “minor” sin, for example.  Most people agree that theft is a sin, but they easily justify the telling of a “little white lie”.  Likewise, most people agree that adultery is a sin, but they fail to see that lusting after another person or looking at pornography are also sins.  When we attempt to categorize sin or choose what is acceptable, we miss the whole point.

The simple truth is this – God does not distinguish between “major” sins and “minor” sins.  To a perfect God, all sin is sin and He abhors it.  In fact, because of His infinite perfection, He cannot even stand to be around sin in any way.  The Bible does not say that the wages of some sin is death.  It does not say that the wages of really bad sin is death.  It simply says, “For the wages of sin is death”  (Romans 6:23)  All sin.  Period.  I understand that what I am saying is not the “popular” view of sin.  The “popular” view is that some sin is not that bad and that as long as we try really hard to be a good person we will be OK and will make it to Heaven.  This is an easy message to preach and is well received by the audience, but it is simply not Biblically sound.  The wages of sin is death.  Does that sound harsh?  Does that message seem gloomy?  Does it seem like no matter how hard we try we will never be able to live up to God’s perfect standard?  If so, then guess what – that is the whole point!  It is harsh.  It is gloomy.  We cannot live up to God’s prefect standard on our own.  It does not matter how hard we try, it will never happen.  Paul could not do it.  Peter could not do it.  Mother Teresa could not do it.  Only Jesus lived a perfect and blameless life.  He came here because He knew that none of us could be perfect.  He knew that all of us were going to fall short of God’s standard, so He lived a perfect life for us.  He allowed Himself to die for us.  He allowed Himself to be buried for us, and three days later, He was raised from the dead, and now He sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.  His perfection makes all of us look perfect in the eyes of God.  We are not saved by what we have done or what we can do; we are saved by what He has already done.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap of categorizing sin.  Understand that all sin is the same in the eyes of God, and put your faith and your focus where it belongs – on Jesus.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Picking and Choosing Sin


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 28,29; Galatians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 6:12-18

Near the end of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he made one last attempt to explain that they were being led astray by false teaching.  In today’s key passage, Paul states that whether they were circumcised or uncircumcised really did not mean anything – what truly mattered most was that they were a new creation in Christ.  In addition, Paul makes an interesting point that I would like to focus on today.  He states that, “Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.” (Galatians 6:13)  See, the Judaizers were making a big deal about the fact that the Gentiles in Galatia were uncircumcised, but all the while, they were not following all of the other laws from the Old Testament.  The Judaizers were determining what was considered an important law that needed to be followed versus an unimportant law that did not need to be followed.  In effect, the Judaizers were picking and choosing what was considered a sin.

While it is easy for us to look back now on the Judaizers and realize what they were doing and condemn them for it, the sad truth is that most of us do the same thing from time to time.  We have all had moments where we have categorized sins.  For most people, sins are viewed in much the same way that the world views crime.  There are major crimes and minor crimes.  We all know that in most places around the world, murder is a serious crime.  Running a stop sign, on the other hand, is typically not that big of a deal.  The problem here is that it is relatively easy to take that same system of categorizing crimes and apply it to sin.  When we do that, we think that killing someone is a “major” sin but hating someone is only a “minor” sin, for example.  Most people agree that theft is a sin, but they easily justify the telling of a “little white lie”.  Likewise, most people agree that adultery is a sin, but they fail to see that lusting after another person or looking at pornography are also sins.  When we attempt to categorize sin or choose what is acceptable, we miss the whole point.

The simple truth is this – God does not distinguish between “major” sins and “minor” sins.  To a perfect God, all sin is sin and He abhors it.  In fact, because of His infinite perfection, He cannot even stand to be around sin in any way.  The Bible does not say that the wages of some sin is death.  It does not say that the wages of really bad sin is death.  It simply says, “For the wages of sin is death”  (Romans 6:23)  All sin.  Period.  I understand that what I am saying is not the “popular” view of sin.  The “popular” view is that some sin is not that bad and that as long as we try really hard to be a good person we will be OK and will make it to Heaven.  This is an easy message to preach and is well received by the audience, but it is simply not Biblically sound.  The wages of sin is death.  Does that sound harsh?  Does that message seem gloomy?  Does it seem like no matter how hard we try we will never be able to live up to God’s perfect standard?  If so, then guess what – that is the whole point!  It is harsh.  It is gloomy.  We cannot live up to God’s prefect standard on our own.  It does not matter how hard we try, it will never happen.  Paul could not do it.  Peter could not do it.  Mother Teresa could not do it.  Only Jesus lived a perfect and blameless life.  He came here because He knew that none of us could be perfect.  He knew that all of us were going to fall short of God’s standard, so He lived a perfect life for us.  He allowed Himself to die for us.  He allowed Himself to be buried for us, and three days later, He was raised from the dead, and now He sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.  His perfection makes all of us look perfect in the eyes of God.  We are not saved by what we have done or what we can do; we are saved by what He has already done.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap of categorizing sin.  Understand that all sin is the same in the eyes of God, and put your faith and your focus where it belongs – on Jesus.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

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