2 Peter 1:5-7 (AMPC) 5 For this very reason, [a]adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in [b]exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence), 6 And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety), 7 And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love.
There are a lot of things we do not have to do to get to heaven but we can choose to do them so we have a better life here on earth and in heaven. We can make choices today that are good choices for our lives. It’s easy to start a diet or exercising but tough to stick to what we set out to do.
Galatians 5:25 (AMPC) 25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit [a]we have our life in God, let us go forward [b]walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]
Self-control is our friend and will help us be the person we want to be in life. The devil wants to guide us and so does the Holy Spirit. We make choices all of the time and those choices bring us closer to God or further from God. We are really good at coming up with excuses of why we do things or do not do things that we know are good for us. Bottom line is, our situations may not be in our control but the choices we make in our situations are in our control.
Ephesians 2:10 (AMPC) 10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Jesus died and provided a great life for us. Jesus has laid a path out for us and it is up to us to walk in that path. Every step we take equates to a decision we make in our life. The decisions we make give us good results or bad results. Sometimes when we begin to make right decisions we feel alone or lonely. But the path is narrow that leads to a great life and few are those who find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 (AMPC) 13 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. 14 But the gate is narrow (contracted [a]by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen