DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Im in the county jail for the third time this year, once again for something minor. Each time, Ive said Im going to do better, but then I get sucked into doing something wrong and end up back here. Why am I such a weak person? Im about to give up on myself. R.T.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR R.T: You may be about to give up on yourself, but let me assure you that God isnt about to give up on you! God loves you, and youre very valuable to him, so valuable that he sent his only son into the world to give his life for you.
And because God loves you, he doesnt want you to throw away your life, which you could easily do. Instead, he wants to help you put your feet on a different path from the one youre now following. How can it happen? You cant change your life on your own; youve already tried and failed. You need Gods help, and he wants to give it to you. The Bible says, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
The first step is to turn to Jesus Christ, confessing your sins and your need of help to him, and asking him to come into your life as your Savior. When you do, he will come to live within you by his Spirit. Hell also give you a new desire to do whats right.
Then take practical steps to overcome temptation. For example, flee from situations and people that might pressure you into doing things you know are wrong. Instead, find a church where you can meet people who will help you. The Bible says, Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33).
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