Salvation

3C09FFAE-E99C-4181-9C27-41C43B8DDDAB“For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Salvation

Our Sunday school lesson raised the question of “can we regain salvation after rejecting it?” Certainly we all continue to sin and fall short of being anywhere near righteous with our own works; but, what if we denounce God and turn away from Him? Can we turn back and still have salvation?? Our culture tends to push us to tolerate, then accept, and finally embrace all sorts of sinful behavior, but what are the eternal consequences?
Apparently this is one of the BIG theological questions. Some believe there is always hope, even in this situation. Clearly it has given me reason to pause and ponder. I realize I sin even though I know better—clearly not ideal, but is that forgivable? Only God knows and we can only hope and pray.

Path of Righteousness

CEF38A05-C71E-4B44-B9B7-C165159CABE8“So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Path of Righteousness

Everyday I try to walk in the path of righteousness, but there are so many temptations from our world. We now live in a society that has strayed far from the path and tries to condone sinful behavior as okay. We have to remember to love the sinner and hate the sin. All of us fall short of righteous so we should try not to be self righteous. Thankfully we live in hope by faith and that is all we need.

Stand Tall

D54025D5-A734-4E28-A4BA-073341F5204E“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭58:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Stand Tall
By myself, I feel weak and pitiful and pathetic and worthless. I cannot seem to stay on the right path. Trouble ensues and everything gets worse…
Thankfully I am never alone, for God is always with me. Still I stumble and fall on a regular basis, but when I am down, all I need to do is keeping looking UP! I can stand tall because He is always with me.

True Love

6AE67444-FCCD-4240-BD1A-572867602493Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬ ‭GNT‬‬

True Love

Our Divine calling is to love, but love the sinner, not the sin. Our society calls us to accept the sin, as an act of love; but, that is not the real definition of love. When we truly love someone, we want what is best for them, and that is never sinful behavior. At the risk of being called judgmental, I ask you to ponder the question at hand. Personally, I am so tired of our media attacking people with certain views and yet asking for tolerance.

Temptation

0EBFBD5C-7829-40A5-8604-7A7D04AEE48F“If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Temptation is the desire to engage in short-term urges for pleasure that may threaten long-term goals. In some religions, temptation is the inclination to sin. This desire may result from coaxing someone into committing such an act, by manipulation.
Everyday I am tempted by something and often I succumb to the urge and often it leaves me feeling empty and sad. To me, this is life’s greatest struggle. Intellectually I know the right answer, but sometimes my spirit becomes self centered and forgets to stay aligned with The Spirit.