Well, I said a few posts earlier that I would post my thoughts on the book I am reading. Thus far, I have read about 1/3 of the book and it’s been pretty good. The book is titled ‘Lies Women Believe : and the truth that sets them free’ by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Some parts are fairly elementary, but some really opened up my eyes. So below are just some really good quotes that I underlined as I read:
” every act of sin in our lives begins with a lie. we listen to the lie; we dwell on it until we believe it; finally, we act on it”
“we reject the Truth and violate the Word of God one time in what seems to be just ‘ a little matter’. However, the net time we are tempted, we find that it is easier to sin and the next time, it is easier still. We don’t just sin once; we sin again and again and again and again, until a ‘groove’ has been worn in our hearts- a sinful pattern. Before we realize what has happened, we are in bondage. A sinful stronghold has been established”
“We need the Lord to help us see what we have been believing that is not true…Satan’s primary weapon is deception.”
“What we believe is revealed, not by what we know or what we say we believe, but by how we actually live.” (love this quote!)
“If we have wrong thinking about God, we will have wrong thinking about everything else. What we believe about God determines the way we live.”
Aren’t those so insightful? It just forces the reader to step back and take a good, hard look at their life. That bolded quote above is my favorite. This is something that has really been on my heart lately…..LIVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
It grieves my heart when I see people claiming to believe in Jesus, to love Him with all their heart, to follow His ways, and then continue to live in sin. Not to say that I’m perfect…no one is. We all sin daily (at least I know I sure do).
But I’m talking about friends who I hear saying “God is good all the time!” or “I love Jesus, He is always there for me” …and then the next minute I hear them talking about some party they got wasted at, using foul language, hooking up with people, etc. It’s just sad.
I know we all sin. I’m not judging anyone’s salvation or anything…… I just know that if we are believers who claim to love and follow Jesus, we should be reading His word. And we should be doing everything in our power to follow those Words and Truths. If you are going out, getting drunk, sleeping with people when you aren’t married, etc….there is definitely some intentional thinking there. You know what you are doing whether you admit it or not.
As Christians, people watch us whether we think they do or not. People watch the way we live. And the way we live should be pointing to Christ.
When we don’t do that, it makes us hypocrites. And that is what gives believers and christians a bad rep. If you choose to live that lifestyle, you might as well just say you don’t believe. That’s my opinion. It’s like me saying I believe that eating apples causes cancer, telling everyone about it and making it public, then walking around eating apples all day….doesn’t make sense! Okay, maybe that was a strange analogy.. but you know what I’m saying. It grieves my heart, but I think it grieves God’s heart even more.
What we believe is shown by how we live……so what do you believe?