Posted by: Judy | November 16, 2020

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Choosing to fix God in the center of your heart will not go unchallenged. The adversary doesn’t need you to choose obvious evil; he only needs you distracted, too busy, too anxious, too focused on yourself, too focused on being good. I know, that last one confused me, too. What does too focused on being good mean to me? It’s when I have a checklist of what I need to do to be acceptable to God. Go to church. Read my scriptures. Say my prayers. Serve others. Then I’ll be good enough. The problem is that last thought. I will never be good enough because I’m fallen, flawed, a sinner, like every other mortal person that’s ever lived. Jesus didn’t die for me because I went to church, read my scriptures, said my prayers, and served others. Jesus died for me because He loves me, warts and all, the slip ups, the falls, the mud, the mess, everything. He died for me so I wouldn’t have to suffer for all the things that aren’t right. He suffered and died so I wouldn’t have to pay the full price for my mistakes. Consequences are part of the choices I make, but being separated from God forever is avoidable by choosing Jesus, by accepting His saving grace, by embracing His atonement, by following Him.

~ Laurel Hawkes

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