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  1. I believe that this lesson apply personally to all of us. We need to think what habits, thoughts, feelings are damaging to us and others and ask God to help us to change them. We have to be willing to change. God almighty helps us to change, to do your will.

  2. One of your friends states, “How can I work out my own salvation when it is God who works in me both to will and do? If He doesn’t will me to do right or lead me to do right, then it’s not my fault if I don’t. Who’s supposed to do what?” How would you respond to your friend?

    From what I understand, we are to get involved in our salvation, yes it is a gift, without Christ we can't do any thing. John 15:4.5. Which is true. Choose is like believe, unless we act upon that belief or choice, salvation is beyond our grasp. James says that we must be doers of the word not just hearers. James 1:19,20,21,22,23,24,25. Jesus said which James was expanding upon, DO the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21. Jesus also said, my mother and my brothers and sisters are those who hear my word, and DO it. Luke 8:21. God will not work in man or woman with out our co-operation. To be doers of the word we must get physically as well as mentally involved. We are married to Christ. What spouse would stick with his or her spouse if all he or she did was to lay on the recliner all day chanting I believe, I chose, I hear you? Yes God likes to hear our commitment, but He also likes to see some action, sharing, obeying, doing the will of the Father. Don't just stand, sit, or lay there, do something.

    • I think I agree with the intent of your comment, John, but isn't "choosing" the same as doing?

      In my mind, there's no choosing without action. If I simply look at a fork in the road ahead and think the left one is the better way but don't go there, I'm not choosing. I'm only choosing when I walk down the left road.

      The way I see it choosing is our part in the process of revival and sanctification. We choose to surrender fully to Jesus (which means we choose to obey, among other things), and He supplies the grace and power to actually effect the change which we cannot effect on our own.

      Or so it seems to me ...

      PS Your comical picture of the spouse lying on the couch chanting various words actually demonstrates not choosing, but only pretending. 😉

      • Inge and John, it sounds to me like you both understand the important points but express them in different words.

        I might add that choice has both mental and physical aspects, both decision and action. And in spiritual matters there is the issue of power. Paul spoke of a time in his life when he had no power to do the good that he chose or to stop sinning (Romans 7:15 and 19). "There but for the grace of God, go I"

        I’m so thankful that Paul didn’t stop writing at the end of chapter 7. The power to do good, revealed quite plainly in chapter 8, is the Spirit of God, working with our choice. We must both “walk … according to the Spirit” (verse 1), and “set [our] minds on … the things of the Spirit” (verse 5).

  3. John and Inge you are so right. The Bible does support grasping the hem of His garment and holding on for dear life. Zechariah 8:23, 1 Timothy 1: 17,18,19, Hebrews 4:14, Revelation 3:10. I believe that is something we can do with the power of Christ working in us. The woman in the crowd touched Him physically than mentally held onto Him for life.Yes we do something but not without cooperation with God's Spirit. And they all left in one accord.

  4. I believe that unless Jesus comes, we cannot be able change ourselves, like a leopard as it is written. The only thing we can do is to put it into our mind our interest of changing and surrender everything to the Holy Spirit. Our mind has to focus on heavenly things, and our actions will follow, and yet we're not changed because there is still the tendency of sinning or to stumble. Only when He comes "we will be changed".....


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