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My Choice

Thank You for answered prayers yesterday, Father. We were fretting and we should’ve done more trusting. I would ask that Your hand would be upon me this day. Guide and direct my thoughts and actions, and may they all be pleasing in Your sight. Give me the strength and stamina to accomplish the tasks at hand. Amen.

1 Timothy 2:5-7 (<<click here)

“For there is only one God and Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life [as a ransom – NIV, NASB] to purchase freedom for everyone.” v5-6a

My, oh my… what a point of contention, not for me but for so many others. Lord, before You even created the world, You knew this was the way it would be. And at the core of this contention is sin – pride – “Nobody is going to tell me what to believe!” Humanity just has to go against the grain.

I’m sure many would accuse me of narrow-mindedness, and God has given every single one of us the free will to decide for ourselves what we will believe. We can even believe that there is no God – it’s our choice. But I choose to believe that Christ Jesus is the only “God and Mediator who can reconcile” me and God. Lord Jesus, You gave Your life “to purchase” my freedom from the sin in which I had become mired. You ransomed me. No one else could do that! I am surely incapable of doing it myself. Life has proven that I am not strong enough. I am too prone to failure.

So for me, Lord, You alone are the bridge that crosses the great chasm between myself and God. Whether there is a God or is a chasm is not worth the argument humanity believes, for, in the end, we all will stand before our Creator to give account of what we did with Christ. We all exert our free will now but at that time that will be our only option.

And before we start crying “foul!” we must realize that this “ransom” is a gift – no one makes anyone take it. Every one of us has the choice to accept it…or reject it. But the ramifications of our choice will have eternal consequences.

Lord, thank You for this indescribable gift! May my life reflect that gratitude and may I be diligent in sharing Your gift with others.

September 1, 2015, Tues, 6:58 am

Enslaved

Thank You, Father, for Your touch. Many times in life things in life can be difficult, painful even, but You make all the difference. Thank You for answered prayer. Thank You for Your love and concern. Amen

1 Peter 1:18-20 (<<click here)

“… God paid a ransom…”

At the very heart of it all, every single one of us – every man and woman ever to be born on this earth – all of us were enslaved from the moment of conception. We had no other alternative to the fact that sin was our master. In and of ourselves, we were powerless. We could not escape. And the wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23).

Lord, You knew that when given the choice at the very beginning that the first man and woman – who were the only ones given a choice – You knew they would choose themselves over You. They chose sin over an intimate relationship with You. They chose instant gratification over eternal absolute satisfaction. And once that choice was made it could not be undone, not by them, not by any of their descendants throughout the course of time.

But You? You, Lord, made a choice. And that choice was made before any of the world came into being. Before the world was even created, You knew what would be chosen. We were not created as puppets or machines. We were given the power to choose. We could love you…or we could love ourselves.

And because You knew what our choice would be, You set things in place that could set us free from the bondage that was chosen. It looked like freedom but it was enslavement to sin, masquerading as freedom. And what we did, we then could not undo.

But You knew…and the only means of ransom from our bondage was set in motion from before the very beginning.

To be continued…

Nov 5th, Sat, 7:38 am

In It, Not of It

Father, it is a morning of thanks. Thank You for the good sleep over the weekend. I am so grateful for Your presence and direction in yesterday’s service. And thank you for the opportunity to be with family. No matter the circumstances, I am grateful that you are by my side. Thank You, Father.

James 1:21 (<<click here)

In this passage, we are admonished to rid ourselves of the filth and evil in our lives.” In the culture in which I live, Lord, this is a great challenge. The world is replete with it. I can’t turn a TV on, walk through a checkout like, flip through Facebook or stand in any given public gathering of people without being exposed to it.

I may be exposed to it on a regular basis, and would have to be a recluse with no access to technology, to avoid it but ultimately it is my choice as to how I respond to it. I see it but that doesn’t mean I have to embrace it or take it in. I don’t have to read it or watch it or even look at it. You enable me to turn the other way – help me to do so.

That can be tough enough but the real challenge is abiding by John 17:14-19. Lord, in this passage You state that we “are not of the world, even as [You are] not of it.” But the challenge comes in living out our commission of being sent into the world.” We cannot simply run and hide. In Your strength alone can we stand strong as we are sent “into the world.”

I cannot impact the world for Your kingdom, Lord, from a distance. I must be in the midst of the fray. It is dangerous. I might get hurt – seriously even. But I cannot shirk my responsibilities. The battles must be fought if the lost are to be reclaimed! Lord, “protect [me] from the evil one” and use me as You will! Amen.

Aug 15th, Mon, 6:06 am

Our Choice

Today is a full day of things to be done, Father. Please guide me every step of the way. Help me to see through Your eyes today, to love with Your heart, to handle life with Your wisdom, to touch others with Your hands and to speak with your tongue. As Your child may I reflect my Father well. Amen.

Hebrews 6:4-6 (<<click here)

Lord, I must admit I am struggling – struggling with this passage – for that matter Hebrews in general is a challenge for me. There are many wonderful passages but for some reason I’m having a hard time. Help me to see and understand what You would have me to.

The two words that jump out at me are “repentance” and “rejection”. To repent means to turn from the way that we think is right – which does not include You – which is based on our own selfish mindset and to turn to You – to take on Your mindset. It is turning from evil to good – from death to life. It is a renouncing of sin and its control over us and turning to You to find forgiveness from sin and subsequently, in Your power, being victorious over sin.

Your word calls us to repentance but You will never force us to do so. We must choose. There is no straddling of the fence. It is either You or sin. We can accept you as Lord and Savior – being under Your control and having our sins forgiven. Or we can choose to reject You – allowing ourselves to be controlled by a multitude of sins, heaping condemnation upon ourselves.

We will never be forced to accept You as Savior – that is our choice. But there will come a day when we will stand before You and we will have no choice but to face the reality of Your Lordship.

“…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and every tongue declares that Jesus Christ is Lord…” Philippians 2:10-11

I proclaim for all to hear, Jesus, You are my Lord and my Savior. Lord, lead me on!

Mar 15th, Tues, 5:30 am

Out of Control

Lots of things on my plate today, Father. Help me to use my time wisely and effectively. Much has to be done for Sunday and I need Your direction and strength to stay the course. Amen.

Hebrews 2:5-8 (<<click here)

Lord Jesus, overall this passage is stating that everything has been placed under Your feet. You have been given “authority over all things.” Quite often in life that is difficult to remember in that it feels like we are on bus that is careening towards a cliff and the only foreseeable outcome is carnage and death. But…You have been given “authority over all things” and our lives – and the world as a whole, for that matter – are most definitely included under “all things.”

You created a perfect world with perfect people. But You didn’t make us love You, You gave us a choice to love You. Now maybe in our naiveté we didn’t do a good job of thinking things through, but we chose instant gratification and in the process chose disobedience which in the big picture equaled a choice not to love You. Perfection was blemished and so became imperfect. And because of that, we imperfect people brought imperfection to the world as well.

So, back to the bus. You have been given “authority over all things” but we chose to do our own thing. The “bus” we are on is of our own making. All of the contributing factors that have brought us to this point, we have instigated and perpetuated. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

I, and I am one of many, have chosen to return the authority to You. I have chosen to love You because You first loved me. You have my best interests in mind… but I am still on the bus. And this bus is on a crash course but I will be saved. Death is not the end, though many want to believe it is. One day we will all stand before You. And on that day the choice we made in regards to You will receive it’s just compensation. Your authority will be acknowledged by one and all.

Lord, may I continue to choose You every day. Help me to bring comfort and joy to others even in the midst of our careening, Help me to show them who You are so they may choose You, too.

Feb 17th, Wed, 6:48 am