Traditions Of Men Part 25

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Galatians 3:12-13

It is easy to place blame for our faults and sins on someone else. Mankind has been doing this since the very first sin. Adam blamed Eve for his sin. This is the easy way out. We will never progress spiritually though in our relationship with God until we are willing to assume responsibility for our choices.

It seems like our society is geared towards shifting the blame onto others. We hear people talk about being repressed for the color of their skin or religious affiliation. These things do happen but when our trust is in God alone, He can cause us to rise above anything others are doing to us.

If we allow things beyond our control to dictate the path we travel, we will always be the victim. As a child I was told by many teachers that I lacked the intelligence to learn. Some teachers would even give me a passing grade and ask me to go to the library so that I would not be embarrassed. I was not athletic and could not measure up to other children on the playground. Surprisingly, teachers would even allow the other kids to not even pick me when dividing up on teams!

I left school with no self confidence and fell into an abusive relationship. On a daily basis I was reminded of how stupid I was. Whenever I tried to do what God was prompting me, the response was laughter. The constant questions was why I would even try since the only result was failure.

My path led from one failure to another because I allowed external input from others to guide me instead of the Spirit of God. This all changed when I began to open the Word of God and meditate on my position in Christ. The Holy Spirit led me to attend college. It took fifteen years but He was faithful and took me through a Batchelor’s program at Liberty University and then onto a Masters at Regis University. There were times when I would become discouraged because I would start to think on the lies spoken over me as a child and young adult. God was faithful and always drew me back to His Word!

We cannot change society.

We cannot change the neighborhood we were born into.

We cannot change what others think about us.

We can change our perception of ourselves by changing our focus from what others are saying to what God is saying.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13

God will always equip us with ability to do what He has called us to if we will turn our focus to Him and to His Word. We will always find His strength and ability in His plan!

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19

God has given us the choice between life and death. For us to say otherwise dishonors His Word!

The Word of God tells us that it is our choice. God tells us this and then makes a recommendation of the right choice – “choose life”.

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs 23:7

Notice that this verse does not tell us that our lives will be a result of what happens to us. It is as we think in our heart. We can choose to think on things that others are speaking over our lives and on the situation we find ourselves in or we can choose to think on what God says about us. The choice will always be ours.

We are responsible for the choices we make. There is no one forcing us to smoke, overeat, or drink excessively. Some people may be genetically inclined to do so but they can make the choice to pursue God and overcome their carnal desires.

Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:27

We will never get free until we stop giving the devil place in our lives. I have heard people say that they cannot help themselves but this is not true. Paul tells us that we are the ones who either give place to Satan or who do not. The choice will always be ours.

Many people have a victim mentality and blame everyone else for their problems. I used to be one of these. The first step into freedom is accepting responsibility for our decisions.

The devil and religion will play on this victim mentality. Both will whisper in our ears that we just can’t help ourselves.

“It is just up to God. Whatever His will is we will accept.”

Have you ever heard anyone pray like this? I have.

If you believe God is sovereign and pray for someone who doesn’t recover it will be easy to blame God’s will for their sickness.

If you believe it is God’s will for everyone to be healed and pray for someone who doesn’t get healed; you will have to accept that the failure to receive was either with you or with the person being prayed for. It is far easier to blame God’s will for our failures!

We are going to go into more depth regarding our responsibility beginning in the next post. Thank you for stopping by today. If this post has been a blessing please share our blog with your friends and family.

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