Thursday, January 28, 2016

How Is a Choose Your Own Adventure Book Related to Faith, Drifting Further and Further from What God Wants, and That's What You Have to Do to Be Saved! posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.  Romans, Chapter 8, verses 13-16.

Choose Your Own Adventure books were pretty popular at one time.  You would be reading an adventure story and then were given choices.  If you turned to one set of pages listed, the story would end one way and if you turned to some of the other pages listed, it would end totally different ways.
We can live worldly lives of the flesh and have a less than pleasant ending or we can realize where we have gone off-track and turn our lives around to focus on God and what He wants for us.  When we choose to live through the Spirit, we will have eternal life with Jesus in heaven.  Which ending do you choose????

For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy. Romans, Chapter 9, verses 15-16.

There are religious groups that believe that if they “will” things to happen, “visualize things,” “use the god power within them” or use the “power of positive thinking,” everything will turn out the way they want.
Things might turn out the way they want because Satan uses things like this to work a subtle wedge in their relationship with God.  It’s similar to what happens when people read horoscopes where they start out reading it for fun, but after awhile they become more and more dependant on it.  If things turn out well after a person “wills it,” or uses “the god power within them” or “visualizes” things the way they want, they are much more apt to do this again the next time rather than turn to God, asking Him to provide for their every need.  They don’t even realize they are drifting further and further from what God wants, as evidenced through this Bible verse.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation.  For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.  For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans, Chapter 10, verses 9-13.

The Bible doesn’t say, “People who do nice things for others,” are saved.  It doesn’t say, “People of only a particular ethnic background,” are saved.  It doesn’t say, “Whoever uses the god-power within them is saved.”  It doesn’t say, “People who believe in God as they understand Him,” are saved.  It doesn’t say, “Whoever thinks positively” or “wills things” is saved.
It does say in verse nine: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Pure and simple, that’s what you have to do to be saved!

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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