Sowing and Reaping Never Stop
Even a thought can become a habit. I was still re-reading that book, "Daily Guideposts 1991," where a contributor quoted someone else about adultery, and now I'm passing on the quote; "sow a thought, reap an act…sow an act and reap a habit…sow a habit and reap a character…sow a character and reap a destiny." And as I read, I thought, I should have 'thoughts' in my morning wake-up prayer. Then I realized that it already is there, in the part of my list as I pray for the day's guidance, for the Lord to guide my steps, words, and thoughts. It had been there so long that it was part of the overall habit.
But the Bible said it first; Matthew 5:28--"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." That comes on as strong as God's calling the worshipping of gods other than Him. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel tried to mix the worship of other gods such as Baal with that of God (Judges 3:7; ... Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters" (Matthew 6:24).
It's scriptures like this, that can cause a sinner to hesitate in giving his heart to the Lord. But look; this rule is also part of just being a good citizen, not another thing God requires. And if you’ll think about it (there's that 'thought' again)…most of the requirements to please the Lord, are just more "good citizen" stuff. I admit that taking someone's car from them, instead of wishing you had one like it, is worse, but God is being no rougher than the sheriff, when it comes to living right.
Get off your excuse horse, and tell Jesus you're ready to live for Him. it's one more way to stay out of jail. Quit stalling; give your life to Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org