can't change who I am!"
"We get into the
habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking."
is absolutely correct. Whatever is unbiblical or ungodly about your life,
most of that you cannot change. This is why every 1,000 New Years resolutions
usually end up as 999 broken promises. But change is not where God asks
you to meet him. What God asks of you is to believe. Believe that God loves
you, that Jesus died to secure God's help for you, and that God's Spirit
and you together will change that which you alone could not.
is why salvation begins with simple faith instead of great deeds. You cannot
perform great works to earn God's favor because God's favor is never
earned. Your works are the result of godly influence, not the cause.
of it this way: Imagine a little two-year old, jumping a few inches off
the floor trying to reach a cookie jar on top of the refrigerator, yelling,
"I'll do it myself." Now imagine that two-year old saying, "Daddy, I can't
reach the cookies. Help me!" How much more endearing are the attitudes of
humility, respect, and willful dependence than are the attitudes of brash
independence and defiance.
and its accompanying attitudes are as endearing to human parents as they
are to God our spiritual parent. So contrary to the popular cliché, God
does not help those who help themselves; he helps those who admit
to him their helplessness.
What is "righteousness"?
God, evidence, and atheists