In our walk with God, too often it's to easy to fall back into sin. Daily we have to renew our minds and stay far from sin. Sometimes that means a change in our environment and people we associate with. This change can cause some to resist the gift of eternal life for a life of 'right now'.
Honestly, I've spent many years in and out of the door of salvation. Many people believe you cannot lose your salvation, but I beg to differ.
As I write, I'm feeling a tad melancholy. I often feel this way as I discover the love God has for me, sometimes spending time in great regret and repentance. Thankfully, He doesn't require that much of us, otherwise I'd never make it. And I'm thankful that with just a few words and a sincere heart, He's wiped my slate clean and given me a fresh start.
But how does one remain here? As mentioned before, a constant renewing of the mind. For some that's daily. For others, hourly. For many, seconds. You see, we are always combating our old selves and wicked plots of the demonic kingdom.
Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. Psalms 37:27-29 KJV
The Word says it rains on the just and the unjust. The unjust have their evil doers plotting for them too. They get far. The get their 'just reward' here on earth. But we just people can have both: here and later! If only...we could depart from evil. Permanently!
Honestly, it's not that hard. Again, the requirements God has placed before us is quite easy.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:15-20 KJV
In this passage, we are clearly asked to choose life over death. But what's even more amazing is if you don't know what to choose, we are given a hint: choose life!
Choosing life is just a choice. Choosing life means changing your mind. Renewing it. Departing from evil. Doing what is righteous and good.
It's a choice. I'm walking north. I change my mind. I decide to walk south. But if you have been walking north for many years, continuing the path south will take some strong mental decisions not to turn back, for south is a path you aren't familiar with. But there's someone who's love you've decided to embrace coaching you on. Do you trust your coach? If so, listen to their words and continue on. They won't steer you wrong.
Choose life. Change your direction. Listen to your Father through the Holy Spirit. If you stray, don't delay. Get up, brush the dirt off and continue on. Your reward will be great.
One last thing. Depending on where you are in life and what path you have taken, you may have to make a turn one degree at a time. It's ok. It's the sincere decision that's needed. Holy Spirit will do the rest. Trust your life to God and make the change. A month from now, a year later, ten years down the road you will wonder when it happened, but will love the results.
Keiyia JOYet George
Changing our minds isn't always easy. I've always been one to be able to make a decision and kinda stock with it. But this walk can seem difficult as trials come and make us want to turn back. Don't turn back. Keep going. If you need encouraging, feel free to leave a comment. We are not in this alone. God has given us earthly and spiritual assistance to help. We aren't in this alone.
Psalms 37 Series
Part 1 - Evildoers
Part 2 - Do Good
Part 3 - Heart's Desire
Part 4 - The Son Will Rise and Shine For You
Part 5 - REST
Part 6 - Soar Like an Eagle
Part 7 - Seek the Kingdom
Part 8 - It's Not Your Fight
Part 9 - You Will Reap It All
Part 10 - He Got You
Part 11 - Give It Up
Part 12 - Delighted
Part 13 - The Righteous
Part 14 - More Than a Conqueror