There is a post on Facebook that reads, “Don’t mess with me, I am part Holy and part Hood.” My first instinct was to laugh, although my spirit did not think it was funny. It is no laughing matter because the truth is, when it comes to God, we cannot be part in, we must be ALL IN! The flesh however is a different story. It does not automatically follow when we accept the Lord as our Savior. We must die to our flesh daily in order to walk in salvation. It is a constant battle between the spirit man and the flesh because our deceived, corrupt flesh believes our life will be happier if we gratify it. The struggle is real. It is a struggle that we can only win with the help of the Holy Spirit, we cannot do it on our own. When we are born again and become a new person in Christ, the Holy Spirit who lives within us will help us to put our flesh to death. Some people may choose to give in to the flesh and live in the world, and some may choose to surrender to the Spirit who has overcome the flesh. Then there are those who choose to be as the post read, “part holy and part hood.” In other words, they straddle the fence, or as some say walk on the line, not stepping completely on either side. Which do you choose?

“And put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Ephesians 4:24) NASB

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” (Romans 7:18) ESV

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:11)

God has given us freewill. The ability to choose. There are scriptures in the Bible that tells us that we have the right and the ability to choose the direction we will go and what we will do. This power to choose is not something that should be considered lightly, because what comes along with the power to choose is accountability for our choices. We have free will to decide who we will serve. However, the Bible clearly states we cannot serve to masters. We have free will to decide if we will obey or disobey. But as Christians, we cannot decide to obey sometimes, when it benefits us and then disobey other times because we want to please the world. Scripture says we should obey all God’s commands, always. The most important choice we have is the freewill to decide between life or death. We have a choice to accept the gift of Salvation. Scripture tells us that we can choose between life and death, blessings, and curses. Which do you choose?

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19) NIV

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) KJV

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

“And this is love that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.” (2 John 1:6) ESV

I am not saying we will always be on point and never fall short. The Bible tells us that we all fall short. The Bible also tells us that as Christians we should make every effort to do what is pleasing in the sight of God. Sure, there will be moments that our flesh will try to pull us back into the darkness, but greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We must remain steadfast and dedicated in our faith, not straddling the fence, or stepping into the dark side. We must stay strong and trust in God. For those who choose to follow Christ, He has predestined us to be conformed to the image of his Son. When we surrender to Jesus and His gift of salvation, we will have a fulfilling life here on earth and are destined for a glorious life in eternity. And because our eternal destination is at stake, we should choose wisely. Our life depends on it! Love and Blessings…

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23)

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) NIV

“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8)

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:13-14)  

“For God by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4)

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:11-12) ESV


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