In Proverbs 14:12 we read, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.” Wrong turns in life can lead to tragic consequences — even death. The Bible says as much about the wrong turns called sin.
Think of the deaths that resulted from King David's sin of adultery: Uriah the Hittite, David and Bathsheba's son, Amnon, Absalom, and the death of honor. And from those deaths, sorrow was multiplied to all who were affected. Sin gives birth to spiritual and physical death, and death gives birth to sorrow.
Pray about every choice, every change in plans. Go slow. Be careful. Reverse any wrong turns. Choose God's way, not man's; take the road that leads to life. Remember this, “Sin pays—but it pays in remorse, regret, and failure.”
Which will it be – willful or willing? The word we adopt for ourselves determines our destiny. Being willful implies a self-willed and stubborn heart; but a willing spirit prays, "Not my will, but Thine be done." The Bible counsels us to have a willing heart.
In Exodus 25:2, the people were asked to give from a WILLING heart.
First Chronicles 28:9 tells us to serve God "…with a perfect heart and with a WILLING mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.”
King David, in contributing his wealth to the building of the temple said in I Chronicles 29:17, "As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have WILLINGLY offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer WILLINGLY unto thee.”
Paul in II Corinthians 8:12 commended those who gave to the Lord with "… first a WILLING mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not."
Peter told the pastors of his day in I Peter 5:2, "Feed (Shepherd) the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but WILLINGLY; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;…”
Our hearts are naturally stubborn and self-willed. But when we offer ourselves willingly to the full will of God, it blesses the Lord—and it blesses us too! Remember this, “We are never losers from doing the will of God.”
“God’s Word is true whether we believe it or not. Human unbelief cannot alter the character of God.”
“We should be the kind of Christians whose presence makes it difficult for unbelievers to sin.”
“No one man is indispensable. The work of God will march right on after the “invincible” man has moved on to his reward.”
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