Sunday, December 17, 2017

title pic Pre-Determining to be a Christian

Posted by Lorren on August 6, 2010

I’ve always wondered what would happen if the things that I believe are coming to pass came true before the Rapture of the Church. What would happen if I was carted off to a death camp and given the option of renouncing old-fashioned American liberty or death. Would I choose the easy route? Would I compromise on my morals. If it came down to it, would I renounce the Lord?

I don’t think that we can know for sure unless we are ever in that situation. To think that we are strong and that we could never fall is a way of setting ourselves up for failure. There is, however, something that we can do right now, to help move us in the right direction when difficult circumstances arise. We can pre-determine to do the right thing, no matter what the cost.

Think of the story of Abraham. He decided that he was going to follow God, no matter what. When God told him to go sacrifice Isaac, he didn’t argue. He woke up the next morning, took his kid and some servants, and went to do the job. He decided to do the right thing, and fortunately, he didn’t have to make the painful sacrifice. Similarly, Daniel and his friends pre-determined to not eat the king’s meat. Daniel pre-determined to continue praying, even though it sent him to the lion’s den.

We need to choose right now to do the right thing, no matter what. What awaits the believer in Heaven pales in comparison to anything that we would have to go through in this life. It might not be easy now, but one day, it will be worth it. We might even fail in our plans to do the right thing, but if we don’t decide to do the right thing, we probably won’t. We will most likely cave into the pressure if we don’t ingrain the concept of doing the right thing, right down to our very souls.

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