What Would You Choose?

What Would You Choose

What Would You Choose

 

Did you know that sin is crouching at the door, and its desire is for YOU?

Let that sink in for a moment. Sin…. desires you. In Genesis 4 the Lord is speaking to Cain. You see, Cain was very angry because the Lord had no regard for Cain’s offering. (Curious as to why?) Check out Hebrews 11:4, 1 John 3:12 & Jude verse 11 and list all that you learn about Cain & list why God had regards for Abel’s offering- what’s the difference)? The Lord goes on to say in Genesis 4:7, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it”. Did you catch the instruction? Was it “if you feel like mastering it then do so?” Surely not! It said “you must master it”.

As Christians and children of God, everything we do should be for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31 & Col. 3:23). It is a command, yes; but also out of a love for God and being in covenant with Him. We will desire to honor Him with our life, which means our desire is to choose good over evil. This all sounds much easier said than done, right?

There are two forces in this world. Light and Dark. Good and Evil. Just because we are believers, does not mean that evil says “Oh, they belong to Jesus so I’m going to leave them alone”. Quite contrary, when we are living for Jesus, we have more of a target on our back. This means more temptations to choose evil over good. So, how do we choose good over evil? Here are some things that have helped me:

Feed the Spirit and starve the flesh

Galatians 5:16 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh”. So basically, do what’s right, even when it’s hard, and it will become easier to walk in the Spirit. Whatever you feed will grow, so why not feed the Spirit? This can be done by getting in the Word and learning how to apply it to life, having conversations with the Father, and seeking from Him things in your life to let go of.

Accountability

It can be awkward to have “real talk” conversations with people. Our flesh wants us to keep the struggles and sins hidden. We might be deceived by the enemy that we’re the only ones who are on the struggle bus; but his nature is lying (John 8:44). So, pray that God will show you someone you can be real with and ask them to help keep you accountable!

Community

Consistently being with like-minded people, who are also striving to choose good over evil, will help tremendously. You can encourage each other to continue choosing good over evil. However, you might not live in an area where a lot of godly fellowship is available to you. I have had seasons like this in my life. However, the great news is- we can always have fellowship with Christ! If you have a Bible, you will have to best fellowship there is!!

I wish I could sit with each person reading this blog. I wish I could listen to your story, and listen to the struggles you are facing. If there were two things I could leave with you or remind you of every day, it would be this:

You have a choice. Yes, you. You can choose, through the help of His Spirit, to choose good over evil! But it must come from the heart. If you really want to choose to do good, you will. Not to say that you won’t ever mess up again. No, that is a different conversation. But if you want to choose good, that will be so evident in your life by the decisions you make.

You can’t do it alone. It is not something that you just decide and then do. No, it is something the Lord will do in you! When you rely on Him and ask Him to help you, He will. This doesn’t mean that you won’t struggle with making the good choices. It does mean, though, that He will show you how to overcome!

 

Lindsey, born and raised in Michigan uprooted and moved to Chattanooga, TN in 2011. Lindsey first came to Transform Student Ministries as a student at our summer camp. She has served on staff at many of our events, interned in the summer of 2011 and is now on staff full time at Precept Ministries International. If I could describe Lindsey in one word, it would be Passionate. This girl lives full on, and it shows in all she says and does! 

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