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MONDAY, December 29, 2014
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”—Joshua 24:15
Are you trying to live in two worlds? If so, then I know something about you. I know you’re not happy. Am I right? When you spend time around other Christians, you’re uncomfortable because of your sin. On the other hand, when you’re doing things you know you shouldn’t as a Christian, then you have the conviction of that sin.
I have an idea: Stop doing that stuff. Make your choice. As Joshua said to the Israelites, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Every one of us must make that decision. I can’t make it for you, and you can’t make it for me.
Are you in a relationship that is dragging you down (see 2 Corinthians 6:14)? Are you doing things that are weakening your resolve? Stop doing those things.
I’m not saying it is easy. We all get tempted. We all have a sinful nature. And as Christians we all have a God who will give us the strength to do what He has called us to do.
It really comes down to this: Do you really want to change? If you do, then God will give you that resolve. When the Lord came to Moses and spoke to him through the burning bush, Moses basically said, “I can’t do this. I don’t know what to say. I stumble over my words.”
But later in Exodus we see him facing off with the most powerful man on the face of the earth. That is because God gave him the strength.
In the same way, God will give you the strength to do what you need to do. Don’t live in two worlds. Make a complete commitment to Jesus.
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013
Today’s Radio Program: “Israel, Magog, and the Rapture — II”
TV Program: “The Gift of Christmas”
Bible Reading: Revelation 10-14
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.