God is calling out our names. He can see the decisions we are making on a daily basis. Some things we do honor Him but other things dishonor Him in a big way. Understand that your choices are good if they are based on your dealings with the Lord. Anything outside of Him can be joyful in the moment but that joy never lasts. The world offers abundant joy in many different things but we must watch out lest we fall. So often do men and women fall into the lusts of the flesh and end up doing things that then regret. But the appeal is so good, so do people say, as they justify it. It brings pleasure and for that reason, they indulge. No matter the seared conscience it takes upon the person, they do it for the rush of the moment. Whatever your vice is, give it up now. 1“Her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.” 4It may seem insignificant now but if it leading you to sin than it is also pulling you away from your first love, which is Jesus. Hell is real and anyone found living for the world has a place there.
Will you now 1“ponder the path of life” and where it is leading you. If you are not in a good spot with God, then repent. Any addictions in your life are not worth it. Come to the Lord in prayer, with confession, and ask for forgiveness. The Lord is merciful to those that are sincere enough to change their life. And this can happen. You can start yielding to the Spirit, instead of the lusts of the flesh. However, you can’t do this on your own. You need to ask God to lead you away from temptation. 2And if your desires are to be made clean and to walk a new, then be born again. This is the only way to enter the kingdom of God. If you have 3“received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Allow the Spirit of God to come into your heart and change who you are. If you have not been baptized, decide today to so. In baptism, you are buried and then raised up with Christ. Just as He died for our sins and was risen the third day. Our sins are no more as He quickens us 3“together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” This will jump start your walk with God. It is also a way showcase your faith.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I am grateful for this new life. My old life never had joy that lasted. I found pleasure in all the wrong things and all it did was bring guilt and shame. I hated the person I once was but could never escape it. It wasn’t until I came to You Lord, that all this changed. I had no way to escape the bondage of sin but You knew how to free me. Though I was held down in chains, You lifted them and showed me the way. My old ways were dead and I was finally renewed through Your blood. Thank You for hearing my prayers. My confessions were many and You listened and had mercy for my soul. You are such a merciful and loving God. I am so grateful to have discovered Your great love for me. I would be so lost without You. I never knew that joy could last. You have opened my eyes to the truth and I cannot get enough of it. I am so grateful that I went all in and got baptized. This was the day that I was filled with Your Spirit. It has led me to where I am today. Thank You for Your guiding hand. I am stronger with You in my life. I love You Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below
1Proverbs 5:1-8 (KJV)
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
2John 3:1-8 (KJV)
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
3Colossians 2:6-14 (KJV)
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
4Revelation 2:1-7 (KJV)
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.