They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable.
I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Are some people born bad? Where do generational curses stop and God's blessings begin? What about predestination? Is it possible to lose salvation?* These questions are debatable, but one thing is certain: large and small, our choices matter.
'Then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, 'Whoever is on the Lord's side--come to me!' ' (Exodus 32:26).
'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deuteronomy 30:19).
'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28).
'But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life' (John 5:40).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If our lives are developing dramas, consider four constant truths: 1) Every choice leads us toward God or away. 2) No matter how often you mess up, continue to fess up and try again. 3) Becoming bad (or good) is a process. You haven't graduated. You're still in school. 4) A personal Coach is eager to help you.
So remember: Do not 'Become
estranged from Christ' (Galatians 5:4); 'You were bought at a price; do not become
slaves of men' (1 Corinthians 7:23), 'And do not become
idolaters' (1 Corinthians 10:7).
Do not 'Become
dull of hearing' (Hebrews 5:11), and 'Do not become
sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises' (Hebrews 6:12). 'For consider Him Who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become
weary and discouraged in your souls' (Hebrews 12:3).
Do not 'Become
conceited, provoking one another, envying one another' Galatians 5:26), 'Lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled' (Hebrews 12:15). 'Have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become
judges with evil thoughts?' (James 2:4).
'Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become
discouraged' (Colossians 3:21), and consequently 'Become
orphans and waifs' (Lamentations 5:3). Friends, 'Do not be among those who give pledges, among those who become
guarantors for debts' (Proverbs 22:26).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God shows you many things you should become, but bad is not among them.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion series: The Question Of Salvation: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-question-of-salvation-part-1-what-question
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Becoming series.