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The Big Consequences of Little Choices (8 of 8)
Series: Growing Strong
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Genesis chapter 13, Genesis chapter 13. We are finishing our series today, "Growing Strong." We've been talking about how you grow strong in the Christian life, because nobody wants to be a spiritual weakling. No one wants to stay a spiritual baby. When God saved us, He saved us so that we would grow up, so that we would be strong, so that we would stand firm against the schemes of the devil, so that we would be a force in this world for Jesus Christ.
We've talked about how important the Word of God is. If you're going to grow, you have to have the Word of God, "the pure milk of the Word." As the Bible says, "Long for it that you may grow with respect to salvation." We talked about prayer for the last two weeks. That's critical. We've talked about how you need to practice. "Who, because of practice," the Scripture says, "have their senses trained to discern good and evil." You put your Christianity into practice in order to get strong. We talked about the heart, how the Bible says, "Don't be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." Christianity is all about a love relationship with God.
Now, to finish up the series, we want to talk about choices, because choices are so critical. Hey, if you want to grow strong, you have got to make wise choices in life.
You know, if you think about it, most people - I would assume everybody in this audience, pretty much everybody you talk to - if you say, "Hey, do you want to live a life that's full of joy, and peace, and good things, and power, and blessing, and meaning? Do you want to have a life like that?" I don't think there's anybody that says, "Nah, I don't want a life like that." Everybody wants a life like that. Well, how do you get a life like that? It has to do with the choices you make. Choices, your choices determine your destiny. If you want to know how your life's going end up, just look at the choices that you make, because your life is nothing more than the sum total of the choices that you make in life.
Now, to finish our series, we want to look at a guy. His name was Lot. He was the nephew of Abraham. He, along with Abraham, believed in the Lord and his faith was reckoned for righteousness. Lot is an Old Testament saint. He's an Old Testament believer. He's an Old Testament Christian, if you use that term, along with Uncle Abraham. And they went out together, because God called Abraham from a place called Ur, Ur of the Chaldees. So they're in Ur, and God calls them, and then they end up in the Promised Land. They went up to Haran and then Abraham kind of got stopped there, and God had to call him again, and he came down. So Lot is a Christian, Old Testament Christian, but he's not quite like Abraham. He's a lot like Christians today. He's one of those guys that rides the fence. He's saved but he's not sold o ...
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