Kinda like a tale of the vicious cycle of debt…
You owe the bank a lot of money and decide to pay it off. But it’s hard going and you could spend a long time trying to pay off that debt. Let’s assume that day eventually does arrive and you square up your account… what then? From that moment on you have the opportunity to live your life starting with zero debt and every decision from then on is a conscious one to either engage in debt, or not. If you choose to not engage in any more debt, you have to think differently. You cannot expect the same style of thinking that got you into debt in the first place to now suddenly keep you out of debt. Remember, before you even started round one, you already had no debt [and sometimes you might even protest, had no choice]. No matter how you try and decide to look at it or convince otherwise, your debt is still your debt.
God makes it easy for us to square the account. In fact, He already paid the debt for our sin. Our sin is against God Himself. But He says No-More-Debt. He paid the price [because someone had to do it] and He shows us, at length and in detail, just how He did it. He explains the What, Why, How, and Who. We need to accept that and when we receive His grace, we start life with a clean slate. Jesus, The Saviour.
Now we’re walking a “Christian” walk- but it’s not just about how we pray, who we pray to, what church we attend [or not], wether we have long hair and tattoos or wear a hat on Sundays. Those are not the primary issues. What is primary is: Is Jesus Lord of your life? Are you obeying what He says? Because you need a new way of approaching life now. You cannot reasonably expect that the mind that sold you into sin is going to now keep you out of it. Listen to someone who knows how to live a debt-free life: listen to Jesus. And Jesus is the Word Of God [John1]
To those in Christ, keep fighting the good fight. the connection between the promises God has for us and our obedience to Him have always been interlinked. We cannot expect to walk in Christ if we do not obey Him. To those who have yet to know Christ… set yourself free. Accept Jesus is Saviour and embark on living your life “new” with a just, loving and mighty Lord!
(Joh 3:36) He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.
(Act 5:32) And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
(Rom 6:16) Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
(Rom 6:17) But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered;
(2Co 10:5) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;
(Heb 5:8) though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered;
(Heb 5:9) and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation;
(1Jo 5:2) Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and do his commandments.
(1Jo 5:3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
(Mat 19:17) And he said unto him, Why askest thou me concerning that which is good? One there is who is good: but if thou wouldest enter into life, keep the commandments.
(Luk 11:28) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
(Joh 8:51) Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my word, he shall never see death.
(Joh 14:15) If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.
(Joh 14:23) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
(Joh 14:24) He that loveth me not keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.
(Joh 15:10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
(1Jo 2:3) And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
(1Jo 2:4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
(1Jo 3:22) and whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.
(1Jo 3:23) And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he gave us commandment.
(1Jo 3:24) And he that keepeth his commandments abideth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he gave us.
(Mat 7:21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
(Mat 7:22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?
(Mat 7:23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
(Mat 7:24) Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock: