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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Living With and Without

Studies show that the average person today has something like 485 wants compared to 75 a century ago. Desire has escalated, but has discipline?
Albert Schweitzer once said, " If you have something you can't live without, you do not own it, it owns you."
The good news is grace sets us free. When we come into a relationship with Jesus, there is so much to enjoy without fear! The bad news is that while we are free to enjoy and even possess much of what there is in life, we are responsible to protect ourselves against being "owned" by these things.
Perhaps a rule of thumb is this: We can live with much of what there is  in our world, and enjoy it freely. But when we come to the point where we can't live without it, it's time to reexamine our wants and desires. Our desires need to be aligned with God's, not the world's.

1 Corinthians 6:12-13
"Everything is permissible for me"---but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"---but I will not be mastered by anything.

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