…Or Don’t Do It At All!
Momentum is defined by Merriam-Webster as the strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events. We will move in the direction of what we decide to do over and over again. And that force gets stronger and stronger in our lives.
"The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions” (Galatians 5:17 NLT).
There is truly a battle! We have to be prepared. God has provided us with His whole armor to be victorious through the Lord's strength over these enemies (Ephesians 6:10-18).
While we are aware of temptation from the aspect of our human desires that innately lure us to what feels good. "For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world" (1 John 2:16 NLT). Temptation is not always overt. It can be anything that deters us from following God's plan for us.
This is why it is important to listen to Jesus' teachings and put them into practice. In doing so, we develop a strong foundation to be able to stand strong against anything that attempts to tear down what has been built up in our lives (Matthew 7:24-27). We are even prepared for those quiet storms that aren't always easily recognizable, like paralyzing fear, that threaten to keep us from moving forward.
God has given us everything we need to do all that He has planned for us! "That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day" (2 Corinthians 4:16 NLT). And the Spirit that lives in us is greater than the spirit that lives in the world (1 John 4:4). By putting on our new nature, we are renewed as we learn to know God through Jesus and become like Him (Colossians 3:10). This allows the power of the Holy Spirit to be the driving force in our lives, continually strengthening us to do all that God asks us to do.
There are really only two options we face in life: Do it right...or don't do it at all!
The key is to know what right is. It is not perfection or never making mistakes; it is keeping the faith, no matter what comes to pass, allowing Jesus to be the perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Our daily decisions will determine the strength of our faith.
"We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty of our sins" (Romans 3:22-24 NLT).
Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-5). But we can't just listen to the Word; we have to do what it says. Otherwise we are only fooling ourselves (James 1:22). We become unable to have a rich and satisfying life; we give power to the thief to kill, steal and destroy what God has for us (John 10:10), unable to live as God designed. Unfortunately, when we choose this route of continually not putting the Word into practice, even if we know it, we will not execute our calling. By default, we eventually don't do it at all!
The Good News is every day is a new opportunity to choose to obey Jesus and take steps on God's path for us. He fills in the gap of the unknown - where we would stumble or even fall on our own - as the Rock of our Salvation, allowing us to reach all that God has for us and for no weapon formed against us to prosper (Isaiah 54:17).
Authentic Existence® Affirmation: I will do it right!
Heavenly Father, please help me with any unbelief, as a life without You is not a life worth living. May I keep the faith to do it right, so I may not fall into the trap of the enemy that prevents me from doing what You predestined for me. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen!
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