by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday July 2, 2006
Eternal Life: Do You Want It?
No one wants to die an eternal death. God knows this and has provided a way for us to live eternally. However, we must choose to live. When we say yes to Jesus Christ we receive eternal life.
Warren Wiersbe writes: "Sin pays wages–death! God also pays wages–holiness and everlasting life. In the old life, we produced fruit that made us ashamed. In the new life in Christ, we produce fruit that glorifies God and brings joy to our lives. We usually apply Romans 6:23 to the lost, and certainly it does apply; but it also has a warning for the saved. (After all, [Romans] was written to Christians.) ‘There is a sin unto death’ (1 John ). . . .
"Samson, for example, would not yield himself to God, but preferred to yield to the lusts of the flesh, and the result was death (Judges 16). If the believer refuses to surrender his body to the Lord, but uses its members for sinful purposes, then he is in danger of being disciplined by the Father, and this could mean death. (See Hebrews 12:5-11, and note the end of v. 9)
"These three instructions need to be heeded each day that we live. KNOW that you have been crucified with Christ and are dead to sin. RECKON this fact to be true in your own life. YIELD your body to the Lord to be used for His glory.
"Now that you KNOW these truths, RECKON them to be true in your life, and then YIELD yourself to God."
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