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Thanks for stopping by.  I'm pastor of First Baptist Church in Dupo, IL.  You can visit the church website for information on the church: www.fbcdupo.org.  Here I hope to share some inspiration and perhaps a few tales from the winding road…this journey called life, where God can be seen in the moments of our day if we are looking for Him.  ~Roger~ 

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Even when we don't sense God's presence, His loving care is all around us.

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Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.  Let your heart live forever!
Psalm 22:26 

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Wednesday
Mar072012

A Choice

“Many Christians have a passive attitude about the life of faith.”  This statement by Charles Stanley identifies what I think is the root problem in our churches today. Our churches are passive about faith and the carrying of the gospel to the lost because we, as the church body, are passive about our life of faith.  And I think we all face this struggle at times because we let our sanctification…our growth in our Christian walk…be crowded out by the busy-ness of our life and our worldly passions and daily frustrations. Here is what Dr. Stanley has to say about it:

Did you know that God didn't save you just to keep you from hell and get you into heaven? His top priority while you are here on earth is to shape you into the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). But at this stage of our sanctification, He doesn't do it all for us. We have a responsibility to cooperate with Him and actively participate in the process. Yet many Christians have a passive attitude about the life of faith. They tolerate sin and smooth it over with the age-old excuse, "Nobody's perfect!"

When you received Christ as your Savior, you took the first step in your walk with Him--a walk that will last the rest of your life. However, you also stepped into spiritual warfare with Satan. The enemy may have lost your soul, but he's going to do everything he can to hinder, sidetrack, and discourage you. The last thing he wants is a saint who's on fire for the Lord and useful in the kingdom. But many believers have abdicated their responsibility to live holy lives. In fact, some of them look and act just like the unbelieving world.

Have you allowed something in your life that shouldn’t be there? If so, you need to drop it now. You don't want a thread of sin to become a rope, then a chain, and finally a cable that traps you in a stronghold. Turn back to the Lord, and let your sanctification continue.

I think this is a daily challenge. Each day we need to determine if we will stand up against the attack of the enemy and choose to live an active, growing life of faith. Or will we choose the easy way and let the current of life take us where it may, and when it leads us into sin we pull out the ‘nobody’s perfect’ card? You may not reach perfection (Christlikeness) today, but that should be what we are pressing on toward every day.

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