Stand Firm


If you never choose, that is a choice

Our Father in Heaven gives us every opportunity to choose Him - or to choose to have more interest in our idols to worship, instead. Idols can be money, our jobs, our loves, our obsessions - anything that distracts us from our relationship with our Heavenly Father. In life we don't seem to always be able to choose white or black, we end up living this life that is in the middle - a little gray.

God doesn't want part of us - He wants all of us. The choice is black and white. Choosing to live according to our Heavenly Father's guidelines... or choosing to live the way of the world under the influence of Satan. It is not that hard to decide to do what God asks of us, really. But Satan is happy just to make sure our lives lack in accomplishment for the Lord. If Satan can distract us and ensure that we ignore God, he is happy. Every day we have to recognize this battle and choose to do what would please the Lord, if we want to live an effective life for Christ.

Jesus knows if we truly work with fervent love for Him. The church is to be impassioned and to stand firm for God's purpose even when it may be unpopular. We are called to risk our comfort zone to declare the love of God. Churchgoers content in their own self-righteous pride are indeed miserable and not of full use to the Lord.

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold,
a door was opened in heaven: and the
first voice which I heard was as it were
of a trumpet talking with me; which
said, Come up hither, and I will show
thee things which must be hereafter.

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Being forgiven, we no longer need to live with the heavy burden of guilt. We are free to move on and live productive lives for the glory of God! We should ever be mindful of the great gift from God, His Grace to allow us to escape eternal punishment from sin. That gift is His Son, Jesus Christ dying on the cross and shedding His blood as payment for our sins.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore,
and repent.

Lk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; Lk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Lk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Lk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Lk 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
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Mt 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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