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Share a specific piece of scripture that has spoken to your this last week. Share what you feel God is telling you through that passage and how you plan to apply it to your life.
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Scripture speaks to me...
Galations 5:19-21 gives us the results of following the desires of our sinful nature. When I read this passage from The Message version, I was astounded. It goes into so much more depth in it's description and I see so much of the broken world described in these words.
It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom.
Besides the grim picture these words paint, what made me take a second and even third read through was what Paul wrote at the end. He says, "those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." (NIV) In The Message, it's worded, "if you use your freedom this way."
It is, indeed, a freedom and He gives it to us. He gives us freedom of choice. It really comes down to only two choices; Him or the world. You really can't pick both because they negate each other. If you live in and of the world, your life looks like what was described above, which isn't pretty. If you give your life to Him, He can help you steer your way through this very broken world and give you life everlasting. To me, it seems like a no brainer.
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