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Christians Choose Life

When we choose to do the will of the Father, as we learned in yesterdays daily devotional, which is also the will of the Son, we are choosing life. The apostle John writes, “This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.” (1 John 2:25) Yes, God had intended that Adam and Eve enjoy eternal life; however, they chose to rebel.

Psalm 133:3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there Jehovah has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.

These are the texts, which we need to ponder. If we truly believe in eternal life, are the momentary pleasures of this world worth missing the opportunity at the “life that is real.” (1 Tim 6:19, HCSB) If we truly could visualize ourselves several hundred billion-trillion years into this eternal life, would an hour and a half movie with graphic violence and nudity, a momentary night of fornication or adultery, lying, gambling, stealing, anger, violence, drunkenness get in our way of realizing it?

It is irrelevant that we simply desire eternal life, if we are not willing to do the will of the Father, or we are complacently doing what we believe is the will of the Father, but it is not grounded in Scripture. The prophet Micah put it this way, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does Jehovah require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (6:8, UASV) The Psalmist writes,

Psalm 34:12-16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

12 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of Jehovah is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Certainly, we all desire life; none can choose the day they wish to die, especially if this life comes after the return of Jesus. If we are to see those “many days,” we must reflect the above qualities in our lives, such as not speaking evil of others, being honest in what we say, avoiding the evils of this world, seeking and pursuing peaceful relations. This is the type of person, who finds favor in the eyes of God, and he hears their outcries. If we feed our minds and ears on the evil of the Hollywood movies and the music industry, we are not avoiding it, but rather we are walking in it. Feeding our eyes, ears and our minds on the evil of this world is not what God meant in Micah, when he said to “walk humbly with your God.”

Matthew 7:13-14 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

After we have found Christ, or he has found us, and we are through ‘the narrow gate to life,’ we must not get complacent believing that we can never stumble of this path to salvation. Wrong desires, the world and satanic influences are shortcuts to the other path “that leads to destruction.” If we had to travel down a mountain that had a narrow path that two people could not even walk side by side, we would certainly be focused as to where we placed our feet. The things around us would not distract us. Yes, we may notice beautiful sceneries, but we would quickly dismiss them, to remain focused on getting through this path to safety on the other side. The same is true of the world that surrounds us; it has many things that tingle our imperfect desires, which we need to reject, as they will only lead to temptations. If we want to stay on the path to life, we stay on the Word of God.

Luke 21:19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.

21:18. Remember, we are talking about end time, Jesus went on. You will be persecuted. You may die, but nothing will be ultimately destroyed. God is protecting you for eternal life with him.

21:19. The flip side of God’s protection is your endurance, he declared. I am giving you these signs so you will not be surprised. You will remember I told you they were coming. You will not yield to temptation to join the world or the devil. You are to remain true to me through all persecution and catastrophe. Only by such perseverance can you gain your life for eternity. Remember, I warned you these things were coming. Keep the faith. Trust me through everything. Stay under God’s protection.[1]

Desire the Pure Spiritual Milk

Certainly, we need to develop the desire to serve the Father, as well as have a true desire for eternal life. However, we need wisdom from the Word of God, and we need to form a longing for this as well. Peter said, “Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation” (1 Pet 2:2) Thus, we do not seek the wisdom from Satan’s world, but rather the wisdom from the Word of God. We seek to be wise in the Word of God, even if means setting aside the riches of this world.

Proverbs 8:10-11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

10 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

If we have no regular personal study of Scripture, are we truly seeking Godly wisdom? If we are not preparing for our Christian meetings, are we truly seeking Godly wisdom? If we are not regularly attending our Christian meetings, are we truly seeking Godly wisdom? If we are not sharing these truths with others, are we truly seeking Godly wisdom?

Psalm 19:7-11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

7 The law of Jehovah is perfect,
restoring the soul;
The testimony of Jehovah is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of Jehovah are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of Jehovah is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of Jehovah is clean,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of Jehovah are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
yea, than much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and the droppings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

Yes, we would be foolish to desire material wealth over Godly wisdom. Therefore, we would want to make ourselves available, buying out the time, that we can take this wisdom from the Scriptures into our mind and heart. The deeper knowledge of God does take more time than mere surface knowledge, and we do need to develop a longing for it as Peter said. However, with this well-spent time, we will find the very knowledge of God, which will lead to understanding, and eventually the life.

For As He thinks in His heart, So Is He

Christian living is carried out through the study and application of God’s Word, in which, our spirit (mental disposition), is in harmony with God’s Spirit. Our day-to-day decisions are made with a biblical mind, a biblically guided conscience, and a heart that is motivated by love of God and neighbor. Because we have received, treasured, have been attentive, inclining our heart to understanding, calling out for insight, raising our voice for understanding, sought it like silver, have searched for it like gold, we have come to understand the fear of Jehovah, and have found the very knowledge of God, which now leads and directs us daily in our Christian walk.

Proverbs 23:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. [Our thinking affects our emotions, which in turn affects our behavior.]

Irrational thinking produces irrational feelings, which will produce wrong moods, leading to wrong behavior. It may be difficult for each of us to wrap our mind around it, but we are very good at telling ourselves outright lies and half-truths, repeatedly throughout each day. In fact, some of us are so good at it that it has become our reality and leads to mental distress and bad behaviors. Below we will look at a few verses repeatedly, covering a different point each time.

When we couple our leaning toward wrongdoing with the fact that Satan the devil, who is “the god of this world,” (2 Co 4:4) has worked to entice these leanings, the desires of the fallen flesh; we are even further removed from our relationship with our loving heavenly Father. During these ‘last days, grievous times’ has fallen on us as Satan is working all the more to prevent God’s once perfect creation to achieve a righteous standing with God and entertaining the hope of eternal life. 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Our conscious thinking (aware) and subconscious thinking (present in our mind without our being aware of it) originates in the mind. For good, or for bad, our mind follows certain rules of action, which if entertained one will move even further in that direction until they are eventually consumed for good or for bad. In our imperfect state, our bent thinking will lean toward wrong, especially with Satan using his system of things, with so many forms of entertainment that simply feeds the flesh.

James 1:14-15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own desire.[2] [Or, “caught as by bait.” Lit., “being baited on”] 15 Then the desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

1:14 Just as arresting as the objection of v. 13 is the absence of a reference to Satan in the following verses. Instead of a demonic influence, one’s own “evil desire,” or “deformed desire,” is the cause of temptation. What is forbidden creates a double opportunity: to desire God’s pleasure or to corrupt desire (Rom 7:7–12; 2 Pet 1:4; Col 3:5). This active desire is rooted solely in the self. Deformed desire powerfully draws the sinner away to the forbidden object or activity. James’s recognition of the power of desire to lead the self into sin is remarkable for its insight into the human soul. Where we might expect the “devil, like a roaring lion” (1 Pet 5:8), to be dragging off the unguarded believer into sin, it is the believer who drags himself off. How opposite could the case be from falsely accusing God of causing temptation? We are our own cause of temptation, not something outside us, devil or human. This is not to say that Satan is not involved in the temptations of the world. But James was concentrating here on the role of the believer’s own desires in all temptations as one who has been born of God (cf. 1:18).

Along with the power of desire is the enticement of desire. Desire and the object of desire combine to produce real attraction and appeal. Temptation is never simply a problem with the object of desire. Temptation entices or lures us by our own appetite or imaginative relation to the object of desire. Every temptation to sin is a temptation to reinvigorate the appeal of past sins. New sins can be learned through acquiring a taste for them through the deceptiveness of temptation. But the enticement to sin is actually not in the object involved in sin. James was describing a thoroughly internalized process. The source of all temptation is the self and its desire for the sake of desire.73 Thus the complex between thinking, feeling, and willing bound up in this process of temptation is made plain. We entice ourselves with the object we desire. The blame for temptation then can never rest upon God, but entirely upon us. All temptation originates within us. Temptation is an activity of our own evil desire.

The passive sense—“is dragged away and enticed”—is also important for understanding the need for God and his wisdom. Compare Paul’s insight that the weak self is subjugated to the more powerful forces of its own evil desire (flesh) “so that you cannot do what you will” (Gal 5:17). In this passage too there is no mention whatsoever of the tempter, the devil, or Satan. For Paul life in the Holy Spirit was the antidote to the power of evil desire. Although wisdom in James should not be seen as another way of speaking about the Spirit, it too is the gift of God for overcoming temptation and for a living obedience to God. Temptation to sin is the problem of the person’s own condition as a sinner. Thus the personal struggle with evil desire is not usually one of a confrontation with the devil but rather a confrontation with our own worst enemy, namely, our very selves. The pain of temptation is a self-inflicted attack. This is the sense of being “dragged away.” Our own desires are like a marauding beast that would consume us. Also, being “enticed,” our own evil impulses are like the tempter himself, luring us into self-destructive enjoyments. This is an alarming truth, but it is an essential aspect of the wisdom of James.

1:15 The self-tempting process is inseparably tied to the doing of sin itself.75 Desire conceives its offspring, sin. James used the metaphor of conception for describing the development from temptation to sin. What is always so difficult for the believer, for any sinner, is the truth about one’s own sin. No matter how extraordinarily destructive sin is discovered to be, the believer can never find a source of sin outside of himself. Desire is like a creature with a reproductive life of its own. Desire has become pregnant, and sin is now alive within the self. Again, unlike the external trials that come from God, this entire movement from temptation to sin is internal to the self. Temptation, self-induced by the power and appeal of desire, is now producing sin on the way to death. Unrestrained evil desire then engenders a process of three closely connected stages: temptation, sin, and death.

Here is the full portrayal of the self moving against itself in the divided mind and heart of believers, represented in the metaphor of two births. Desire gives birth to sin. Sin,78 the offspring of desire, grows up, matures, and is ready for fertilization and conception. Finally, sin gives birth to death. Desire is the alien opponent within the self. But once the self has acquiesced to desire, sin is its offspring, owned by the self.

The awful image of the parasite is suggested by this text. The parasite, desire, has found its hospitable environment. When sin has been birthed, the new parasite, nurtured by the life of the self, is tightly intertwined with it. Sin engenders death. The full growth of sin issues in the slaying of the host. This juxtaposition of birth and death, with death arising from birth, is one of the most powerful statements about sin in the New Testament. The progression toward death is rather complex.

•   Temptation to sin is not a divine activity but an evil one.

•   Temptation begins with the potential of the believer’s own desire to satisfy self or God.

•   Evil desire is a powerful attraction.

•   Temptation is effected within the self.

•   Sin lives within the self.

•   Sin in the self grows to maturity.

•   Sin slays the host—the self.[3]

[1] Trent C. Butler, Luke, vol. 3, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 352.

[2] Or “own lust

[3] Kurt A. Richardson, James, vol. 36, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997), 80–83.

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…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded] 

The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …

THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded] 

Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …

INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical HermeneuticsINTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …

HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to HermeneuticsHOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics

…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …

THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern PeopleTHE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People

Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …

DEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in RevelationDEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in Revelation

church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy ChurchesA Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …

DYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted SuicideDYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …

JOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK: Experience the Ministry of Jesus in a Spiritually Captivating WayJOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK

Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …

ANGELS & DEMONS: The Bible AnswersANGELS & DEMONS The Bible Answers

What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …

Bible Doctrines

WHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …

IDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast RevealedIDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast Revealed

Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …

UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithUNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …

The SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithThe SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …

WHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …

Miracles? - Do They Still Happen Today?: God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith HealingMIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing 

Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …

HOMOSEXUALITY - The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …

Christian Fiction

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's LengthTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …

THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed WrathTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …

SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to  …

The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER 

When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …

WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist 

“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.

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