There is an interesting concept I would like to challenge you to explore today, and therefore consider making a change today. All of us don't really want to admit or talk about these little secrets, they are our parachutes. The concept is well I know I'm not perfect, so I know I will fall, and I know I can repent and be forgiven once again by His grace. So choosing not to try hard, choosing that you don't need to do what you said or promised you were going to do, that passive choice that you really don't need to be accountable and choosing do something on the dark side.
Literally this kind of thinking grieves His Spirit! And is seriously short changing you in all walks of YOUR life and everyone around you!!!
Why, it is simple we are giving ourselves the permission to sin, to fail, to quit, to be lazy, to be totally asleep at the wheel! Yep, this is not different than telling someone, okay I will TRY to do that. Verses say, Yes I will do it, consider it done. The first example is giving yourself an out, and NOT committing at all. The second is an absolute commitment, a promise that it is done (whatever it is). Why do we do this; are we secretly holding out just in case something better comes along?
I had a conversation the other day, really about those things people say, such as "oh that was an accident" , "I did not mean to do that, or "I did not mean for that to happen" and so on. Literally, "oh sorry I didn't mean to cheat on you!?!?!? Come on can we ALL RIGHT NOW SAY SERIOUSLY!!! Think about that list, I am sure we can come up with a laundry list of those statements - unfortunately. Reality is I said, "those are not accidents they are choices - period. Drunk, confused, tired, lazy whatever the excuse you are still in charge of your own faculties and capable of making a decision. They are after the fact excuses that somehow we are taught to accept/forgive. That is a real problem we have right now, accountability, we don't want to be accountable as a society nor hold anyone else accountable." Terrible right! Terrible but true, so stop and ask yourself what is your process to your choices, your decisions, big or small, they have an affect on everything.
Start with OWNING do what you way you are going to do. If something changes, reset the expectations of that person. Don't simply ignore and try to fix it later. To the big things... think about it like this, your actions, your choices, your chosen behavior will not be forgiven because the damage you did is done. That person will need to process and forgive you as a person so they will not harbor anger in their heart. But, just pretend it didn't happen. NOPE. With this mindset maybe, just maybe you can bring yourself back to an "Accountable State".
What is the difference. I believe it is a state of mind, a state of faith verses a state of insecurity or wanting to play it safe. Why do we want to play it safe? It is easy fear of failure, embarrassment, potential damage to our pride or egos. Or, the biggie a fear of missing out on some fun - right now - and giving into to our flesh in the most selfish manner. Holy Cow Right, Yes Sam just put the big IT on the table. Turned the lights on. Of course I did !-)
Fact is God knows this already, see the verses below. Among a myriad of passages specifically saying, hey people you can't keep secrets from your creator! He as usual gives us ways and means to be saved through Grace, He always has our backs. Thank You Lord!!
He also warns and instructs on how to have a more fulfilled life, reap His immensely amazing and powerful promises. It is simple change our mindset... Yes that is us making a choice. Our wills, each moment, each day, every day. That is what makes it so powerful.
So try this; realize and say it out loud a minimum of 21 times today. The definition of failure is no longer "a failed attempt", it is NOW STARTING TODAY... The Definition of Failure is Not Trying w Your Full Commitment to Begin with!!! It is Not result based, it is INTENT based!!! You see if you dive in, give it your all, truly commitment, without all those little parachutes (easy out buttons which erode your true intent) .... No matter what the result you have WON, you have SUCCEEDED!!! Great example: how many times did it take for Thomas Edison to get it right? You see if he had the fear of failure he would have never succeeded. Instead he gave himself permission to really go for it, no matter the result, his INTENT was to figure it out and get it done!! I believe that is the attitude God wants us to have for everything, all the time, and for all of His children to be winners, to be succeeding in all walks of our lives.
As for sin, treat it the same way, don't give in, be weak, or have permission to fail on your mind. Focus on your walk, your daily efforts, be in the Word, in Prayer, have Him in your hearts... Find it that new state of mind, Keep it, Share it!!!
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:1-4 NIV
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Romans 6:5-7 NIV
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