“Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you” (2 Timothy 1:13-14, NLT).
You have been bought with the most costly price–the sacrificial gift of a life given so you might live in freedom and in victory. Through the years you have learned more and more of Him, and grown in Him. You have lived a life surrendered to His will, and you have been obedient to His Word. Yet, suddenly you find yourself poised on the brink of destruction. You know in your mind and heart the difference between what is right and wrong, but the enemy has made his way look comforting, attractive, and rewarding. Perhaps your motives were at first pure, but as time progressed you have not guarded your heart, and you have been drawn into an emotional attachment that will ultimately destroy your life in Jesus Christ.
Choose the life that Jesus offers. Don't allow the lure of what temporarily soothes to claim your heart and mind. That balm does not last. Your balm lies in Gilead. He is your only hope. Hold on to what Jesus has given you. Don't forget the love you have found in Him. Through the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within your heart, stand strong. Cut those ties that will destroy you, and look to Him, the author and the finisher of your faith. You have not been abandoned. You have been drawn with an everlasting love that will never fail you.
Choose life and blessing instead of death and destruction. Seek Him and only Him. You will not only guard your heart from that which will destroy you, you will guard the precious truth that He has entrusted to you. You will know freedom and victory in Him because you have chosen Him over anything else. Never again will His loving grace be second. It will be the most costly treasure of your life.
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