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Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me: but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things.) Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under it's power.
(1 Cor. 6:12 AMP)
From time to time it is a wonderful thing to confront ourselves and see where we are in God. Then we can make the changes we need to make so He can continue to take us to places in Him we have never been before, and show us things we have never see before.

He can unlock mysteries, give us new strategies to fulfill our callings, and free us from old ways of thinking and doing that have kept us from enjoying our lives in Him.

When you begin to set priorities according to God's Word, you will find you are doing a lot of fine-tuning. As 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, we have tremendous freedom in Jesus, but we want to make the best choices instead of mediocre or bad choices. We certainly don't want to become a slave of anything or anyone—except Jesus.

As I have pressed into a higher dimension in God, there have been various things that I have had to lay aside. These things were not sinful or evil; however, they were not adding to my spiritual life and were causing imbalance in my walk with the Lord.

When I am balanced, I walk with confidence and strength. However, when I allow things in my life that cause imbalance, my walk becomes unsteady and indecisive. It is hard to make right and good choices when I am staggering around, wondering which way is the best way to go.

I began to understand I was choosing to allow fear to come into my life and get me off balance. I knew how to cast off fear, and as I prioritized my life, I realize I was wasting my time and energy getting rid of fear I could have avoided in the first place.

For example, I used to sit up and watch movies about serial killers. Of course, this often caused me to have nightmares about somebody chasing me and trying to kill me. At that time I didn't mind the nightmares; however, one day I realized I couldn't go where God wanted me to go and continue having them.

God wanted me to have sweet sleep and to be completely refreshed when I awoke. Therefore, I chose to lay aside what I was giving my eyes to, what I was giving my mind to, and what I was allowing to come into my heart that was causing fearful dreams.

I wasn't trying to be super-spiritual and religious; I just wanted to continue growing strong in God. He meant more to me than scary movies.

The Amplified Bible says the "everything is permissible." Watching movies is not bad; however, we want to make sure movies don't have any rule over our lives. The verse also says, I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power."

Although I did not feel like I was a slave to these scary movies, and I knew my authority in Jesus over any fear they causes, when the Holy Spirit impressed me to give them up, I knew they were a weight I needed to lay aside.

First Corinthians 6:12 gives us an important key to setting our priorities in a godly way. The apostle Paul tells us that in the freedom we have in Jesus Christ, we also have His wisdom to choose what is best for our lives.

Refresh Today's Priorities
His mercies are new every morning!

Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be lawful and permissible, but not expedient and profitable. Then ask Him how to eliminate it from your life. In most cases He will want to replace it with something else that will prove helpful and fruitful. Remember, Jesus gave you the Holy Spirit to guide you, teach you and comfort you. With His help you are able to choose what's best!

Source: Your Spiritual Makeover by Taffi Dollar
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Taffi L. Dollar
Web site: Creflo Dollar Ministries
Taffi Dollar is a celebrated author, teacher, and well-known conference speaker. Together with her husband, Creflo Dollar, she pastors more than 30,000 active members at World Changers Church International, World Changers Church-New York, as well as a host of fellowship churches throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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