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When I was a teen I absolutely loved riding my 12 speed down the hill behind the zoo. It was so steep that I could pick up incredible speeds that would make it feel like my body was lifting away from my bike. On one particular day, though, I got brave. I picked up a ton of speed, and started coasting. Then I stood on my peddles and let go of my handle bars with my hands lifted to my sides (back in my day it was called “surfing”). Unfortunately, my front wheel entered a speed wobble. As I was standing up, hands out at my side, I looked down and was horrified to watch my handlebars chaotically turning side to side, hitting my frame. Coasting (particularly while standing on a bike) can be dangerous. Coasting in Christianity can be eternally deadly.
I wish it wasn’t the case, but after 30 years I’m still tempted to sin. It’s hard to talk about “the old man” coming back to life because I became a Christian when I was 13. The reality that we are all faced with is our struggle against our sinful nature. Sin is alive and active, making promises to us that it can’t fulfill.
I have recently discovered that the average person makes about 35,000 choices (consciously) each day. I don’t know how to confirm that number, or how to challenge it, I’ve just found it to be the general conclusion. Regardless of the actual number, what’s most important is the first choice we make. In today’s video/audio our passage is going to encourage us to make personal engagement with God our first choice.
Preparing the video/audio for this post got me excited. I really like being reminded of the victory that I have in Jesus, and the defeat of everything that would separate me from God for all eternity. If you’re feeling a little down, this next set of videos/audios may encourage you, too. Your past is not your identity! Your failures are not holding you back! Jesus has given you a fresh start that comes with a ton of power.