Be careful where you place your affection.
One of Satan’s most successful strategies is to promote “the lust of the eyes.” As long as we continue to spend our love on worthless things, we will not have as much to spend on the things of God, or on God Himself. Jesus warned us to be careful. So guard against anything that tries to steal first place in your heart away from Jesus Christ.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. —1 John 2:16
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. —Colossians 3:2
Watch over your heart with all diligence . . . —Proverbs 4:23a
As long as we continue to spend our love on worthless things, we will not have as much to spend on the things of God, or on God Himself. Jesus warned us to be careful.
So guard against anything that tries to steal first place in your heart away from Jesus Christ.
I’m curious as to your stand on the Sovereignty of God in election. Your answers to most questions demand an undeniable faith in the absolute Sovereignty of God in all things, so, do you see God as Sovereign in the salvation of men’s souls as well?
There are two truths taught by our Infinite Lord that we, with finite minds, have some difficulty accepting, and/or understanding how they both could be true.
YES, God CHOSE all Christians before the foundation of the world was ever laid:
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. —Ephesians 1:4a
. . . and whom He predestined, these He also called . . . —Romans 8:30
And, YES, God gave mankind the FREE WILL to accept or reject the gift of the Cross:
WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED. —Romans 10:13
. . . whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. —John 3:16
Realize, again, that BOTH election and free will are true, even if they seem mutually exclusive to us.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nore are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. —Isaiah 55:8
And always remember that God said He does not wish for “any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” ______________________________ ______________________________
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. —2 Peter 3:9
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