Monday, August 19, 2013

Life's Choices

Deut. 30:19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!

God does not force his way into any heart. He lovingly makes himself known to us and then lets us choose whether or not we want Him in our lives. We are in control of the choices we make, but with control comes responsibility and accountability. The choices we make about our relationship with God are a matter of life and death. We choose whether or not we let God control us and influence the choices we make and enjoy the good life He has promised. We can choose to let Him have partial control and only partially enjoy the life He offers us. Or, we can choose to not let Him have any control over our lives and suffer the consequences of spiritual death. Each of us chooses which option we live with.

The only option that makes life worth living is to choose to let God have complete control of our living. The second option is a slow death, and the third option is a living death. We have no one to blame but ourselves when we are denied God’s blessings and are plagued with life’s curses. The Lord promises to be with us and help us when we live in Him, but without Him we are on our own. Jesus is our protector from the curse of sin. He gives us the power and desire to overcome sin. He gives us calmness and strength in the storms of life. He enables us to withstand the attacks of Satan on our souls.

Choosing to let Jesus be our Savior is a good choice to make.  But, at some point in our walk with Him we must choose whether or not to let Him be our Lord.  He cannot be just our Savior and nothing more if we are going to enjoy the joys of salvation.  Heaven’s best are reserved for those who give the Lord their very best.  The Christian life can be very frustrating and difficult when we withhold from Him His rightful place as Lord of our lives. 

Oh, but that we would choose life and not death, blessings and not curses! Today you have a choice to make. You must choose whether or not you are going to let Jesus be your Savior and Lord, or whether you are going to try to wing it on your own.  Blessed are those who let Jesus be their Lord.

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