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Choices That Will Change Your Life: Choice 1: Choosing to transform the pain instead of transferring it. Choice 2: Choosing to be OK with not being OK. Choice 3: Choosing to TRUST rather than to PLEASE. Attention Acceptance Appreciation Affection Path One: Pleasing God - WORKING on my sin. Path Two: Trusting God – TRUSTING God with my sin. Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God. Attention Acceptance Appreciation Affection Galatians 2:15-18 We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over “non-Jewish sinners.” We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. 17-18 Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be
good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.
1. Living for acceptance and love is SLAVERY; living from acceptance and love is FREEDOM.
2. Intention not to sin is not the same as the POWER not to sin.
3. Most of us were taught that God loves us if and when we CHANGE. Reality is God loves you SO THAT you can change.