For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.
1 Peter 2:16 NLT
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:1 NLT
And this was the verse of the day on the bible app! How cool is that !?!?!?! God is so awesome in how he speaks to us! Such a god reminder of the bigger race I am running
Especially with the craziness of the last few days politically. Must not get caught up in the blasphemy, must keep doing what we are doing for JESUS!
So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:9 MSG
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Ephesians 6:10 MSG
But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life , eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
Romans 6:23 MSG
I love the message version of this verse. Sin is easy, but you don’t have to listen to it! We can stop listening to Satan and start listening to Jesus. I known that it seems hard, impossible at times even, and it is! But still do able. The group Old Dominion has a new song out called Some People Do , and it is about people changing. And how yes a lot of people don’t change but some of us do. It was such a sweet song to hear because we do live in a society where we are told the people can’t change and sadly that is because a lot of people don’t change. But I am living proof that people can change. And if you really want to you can change too. A more abundant life awaits us when we listen to Jesus.
The only good thing about ever being a sinner is the joy and peace we feel once we have been forgiven and know our sins are washed away. When we change our lives, and actions and no longer sin, but always remember where we came from and how lucky we are. How awesome is our God?!?!
Verses like this sometimes get to me. I know they are true. I want to follow them, but sometimes I get confused on if I am actually doing that ya know? I’m trying to make sure I’ve committed all my ways to go and I’m laying down my life for Jesus, but….am I really? Always a good to see it to remember it .