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Choose Life
4/13/2011

Choose Life!
Giving God His Rightful Place

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live... Deuteronomy 30:15-16,19 (NKJV)

We make all sorts of choices throughout our lives.  These choices are sometimes simple, while there are others more complicated.  Each choice we make is our answer to a specific question questions such as:
 
  • What am I going to wear today?
  • What shall I eat for breakfast?  
  • What car should I consider to buy?  
  • What career will I choose?  
  • Do I believe in God?  
  • Will I follow, serve and worship God first and foremost or will I choose to follow, serve and worship a false god?

You may not think you have every contemplated this last question, but we are all being tempted continuously to serve false gods.  I want to be clear here, there is only one true living God, the rest are false, dead gods (emphasis on the lower case g).

Q:    So what constitutes a false god?  

Whatever is your greatest passion, whatever you spend the most of your free time serving, doing, or building, whatever gives you the greatest pleasure; these usually are the things that make up false gods.  These things in and of themselves might not be bad, but when they carry a higher priority in our heart than seeking, loving, and serving God they have taken His rightful place in our lives and they slowly begin to choke out His Word.  Jesus spoke of this.

Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:18-19 (NKJV)

God has given each of us the freewill to choose to love Him and to accept His free gift of eternal life through Jesus (John 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9).  Satan knows this and is vying for our vote by tempting us to fall in love with the things of this world instead.  He tempts and deceives us, hoping we will find satisfaction and self worth in the things we do and possess.  Satan is a liar and a thief; he rips us off from the truth and the true life only found in Jesus.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)

Our choices have a temporary impact on our life here on earth but they also have an eternal impact remaining forever.  It is important for us to stop and consider as we make our choices.

God isn't sitting at the finish line of life with a mallet waiting to pop us upside the head because we made one little mistake.  His grace is so abundant as He will forgive any and all mistakes for those who will choose to accept His Son and choose to repent of their sinful lifestyle.

Hey Christian, God wants to have a personal relationship with us, and He is wanting for us to freely choose this as well.  It's a choice of eternal life, or eternal death.  Choose Life!

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 10:10, why did Jesus come to this earth?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anything in your life holding a greater priority than your relationship with Jesus?

APPLICATION:  Look carefully at your choices and run every decision through a screening process - Is this drawing me closer to God?   Is it causing me to put a majority of my time, talent, and resources into it, rather than the kingdom?   Take it one day at a time and monitor the changes in your life, journal these choices and changes. Watch God give you life, and give it to you more abundantly.

Father, I love You and I need You to help me to make proper choices today.  Help me to see the impact they will have on my life and the lives of those whom I love.  Give me the strength and the wisdom to properly choose in every situation.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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