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Psalm 118v8“The apostle Paul did not have a problem with commitment or conviction when it came to his commitment to Jesus Christ. He gave his life to the Lord and in doing so left behind the very things this world deems as both impressive and valuable” (quote from the reblogged post below).

Are we like Paul, or do we conform more to the likes of the rich young ruler (and the issue was not about his money and his possessions, it was about his attachment to his money and his possessions)? Are we tempted to do wrong because our conviction about following Jesus Christ is lacking? Are we more committed to the things of this world and wanting our own way? Scripture makes is crystal clear that we can’t have it both ways. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

Let’s choose wisely . . . .

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Until you develop a strong sense of conviction, you will not have the sure-footedness that is needed to be a follower of Christ. When faced with a crucial decision, you will be tempted to waver between right and wrong—what you know is godly and ungodly.

Those who are soft in their convictions often experience disappointment, doubt, and fear. When we are fully committed to Christ, we have a sure hope. However, when we allow temptations to lure us away from what we know is right, we miss God’s blessing.

The rich young ruler wanted to follow Jesus, yet his emotional attachment to earthly treasures kept him landlocked. He was not free to join those who were a part of Christ’s band of followers (Mark 10:17-23).

The apostle Paul did not have a problem with commitment or conviction. He gave his life to the Lord and in doing so left behind…

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