Someone once said,

“My [enemies] will NEVER overtake me, if my self- determination, is strong enough!”

There isn’t anything wrong with “self-determination”, when it is NOT, In and Of, itself.
Self-determination, is a MUST, if we want to accomplish anything worthwhile… Yet it MUST be FUELED, by “self-discipline”. Especially, when it comes to our desires. Those desires, they have to come from something, or “someone”, GREATER than, our-SELVES! …
(Our word “discipline”,
comes from “discipulus”, the Latin word for pupil, which also provided the source of the word ‘disciple’, albeit by way of a Late Latin sense-shift… to, “a follower of Jesus Christ in his lifetime”).

…WHEN our desires are they haven’t? Where have they (our OWN desires) gotten us in life?
Still reading?
Don’t get me wrong. I WANT you to believe in yourself!… As seen through our Creator’s eyes. Not just our own. He, knows us BEST. HE WANTS… the best, for us. But, ultimately, for Him.
He made us, for His, “Good pleasure”. Not as automatons… He gave us “free will”! Lock at the world…His World, today. Compare it to just two decades ago… The
changes you see, and may participate? That is the result of “free will”. He wants us to Love Him, because, HE , FIRST LOVED…US!🤔🙄
He wants what is BEST, for us.
I am not writing this, to preach, or even make you see things, MY way. As most writers, I just want someone to understand ME. Don’t we ALL, want that? But, it doesn’t work… Believe me, I’m JUST learning this, the HARD WAY. It doesn’t have to be so hard. And “Life”, wasn’t intended to be so… HARD.
When I quote from the Bible, it is because I believe some things are true, whether or not, WE believe them. I believe it, the Bible, to be the ‘ABSOLUTE TRUTH’.
And contrary to what others believe, who are stuck, because they read everything they can absorb, that man has written, on his own…From his own opinions, which usually have their roots, in other men’s own personal thoughts and opinions, which stem from…Well , I think you get the picture.

You may say…

“Well, the Bible was written by men.” And you would be right.

The difference? It was all inspired, soley by God Himself. Not man. And as compared to other stories told from man, to man. They change over time. Revised, to fit today’s “political correctness”, or agenda.

God’s Word has NEVER changed!
Before it was even penned, it was handed down through”storytelling”… yet, inspired, even then, from God, His Word never wavered.
God’s Word is, as He Is…
“The same, yesterday, today, and forever”.

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