God’s Spirit most definitely works in our lives to help us obey God, but Christ indicated it’s our choice whether or not we even accept God’s calling in the first place (Luke 14:26-33)
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I agree that it is Christ’s sacrifice that even makes it possible for us to have eternal life in God’s Kingdom, and I see the Bible also pointing out time and time again that it’s not a once saved/always saved scenario. We make the choice to accept Christ’s sacrifice, and then subsequent choices to obey God. We can make choices that cause us to lose that eternal life. Yes, God helps us have the hearts and minds that want to make right choices and all the credit for those right choices goes to Him, but ultimately leaves it up to us whether we will follow through or not. In 2 Peter 3:14 we are encouraged by Paul to “be diligent”. We have to keep making the choices that bring us closer to, rather than further from, our God.
Hi Heidi! I'm glad the article helped you and you are so, so right about God bringing us only the good. (And thanks for the encouragement found in your wise comment.)
You are most welcome--glad you got something out of it!
Thanks for commenting, Jeanne! We are so, so blessed by such an abundance of good reading material.
Thanks for the comment, twocents (I like your username). Interesting note about the CGI Infuse blog. It's so important for all of us (of all ages) to have an abundance of good food for thought via articles, study guides and our bibles. It keeps us focused and I'm thankful for these resources!
Thanks for reading and commenting, D-J. Our choices determine our lives and I hope we all continue to encourage others and ourselves to make the best ones.
Thanks for the feedback Dameon! I really appreciate your taking the time to read and comment.
Thank you for your positive feedback. It's very encouraging! :)
Thanks for taking the time to comment Joe. Everything in this life can consume our focus so easily because it is our day-to-day experience. That's why we all need each other to remind us of our ultimate focus. In writing this article, it helped remind me as well. God's Kingdom is going to be beyond excellent.
Thanks for the feedback Peggy! We all have much to give in encouraging each other to keep the right focus.
Thanks for the feedback Jeff. I think we all are here to help and encourage each other to look forward to and prepare our lives for that day.
Thanks for the comment Arnold. The hope that Christ will return soon is a great motivating factor in enduring the negative things in life. I'm so thankful we have knowledge of that hope!
I'm so glad the article resonated with you! I, too, dislike the phrase "it is what it is" but could never really pin down why. You've brought up an interesting point. Thanks for commenting!