“Therefore I say to you, do not…”
In today’s times where many churches are more interested in tickling itching ears the “do not” messages of the scriptures are not popular, but many don’t realize the power of this statement. Realize that anywhere in the Word of God where the phrase “do not” is used, that means you have a choice. You can choose to not do the things we are told “do not”. You have the power over these decisions. The great thing about this is you are the one in control of your life because you have the power to choose. Let’s look at a couple important “do not’s”.
Matthew 6:25 – Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life,… Worry is a choice, not something we have to do. Many would say everyone worries. Not true. First of all realize the Lord would never tell us not to do something if we were not able to do so. Those who worry choose to focus on the wrong thing. Worry is a way of saying God lied. If you truly believe God’s Word then why would you worry.
Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,… No believer in Christ should look like a worldly sinner, being conformed to the worlds ways. It is a choice once you are born again. You can choose to renew your mind and live a transformed life or to live carnal, it is completely up to you.
There are many more “do not’s” in the Bible, and what is powerful about these truths is you really are in control over these things, because the Word of God would not say “do not” if you could not. When we make the choice to “do not”, we choose to live a much better life that every believer has the ability to live.