Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Choose to Live

“Our choices either move us toward God and all the pleasure that comes in Him or steer us away from Him to a life of shame and defeat.” ~ Erwin McManus; Seizing Your Divine Moment

The direction of our lives is determined by the choices that we make. There are choices which you will make during this time in your life that will affect the rest of your lives. It is very important that we have a good foundation in order to make the right choice.

That foundation is the Word of God. God is our Creator and that means He knows what the best for our lives is. His Word is intended to help us navigate life so we can experience the best He has to offer us. Check out what Jesus said concerning the foundation of God’s Word.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” ~ Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
If we are going to obey Jesus there are three actions we have to choose to do. First, we must decide to LISTEN to Jesus. We can make a decision not to listen to what Jesus has to say and avoid reading God’s Word. If we refuse to listen then we will never know how God wants us to live.

Second, we must decide to TRUST what Jesus says. This is the first element of faith. It is not blindly accepting what Jesus says, but it is accepting what He says based on experience or evidence. There is solid evidence to believe what Jesus says, and the more we trust Jesus the more experience we gain in order to trust Him in the future.

Third, we must decide to CHANGE the way we live. This goes along with trust, but it takes trust a step further. We can accept and trust the Words of Jesus and obey Him when what He says seems logical to us. Choosing to changes means we will obey Jesus even though it goes against the way we are used to doing things. To change is saying, “I was doing it the wrong way and I am willing to do it your way.” Admitting you are wrong is never an easy thing to do.

If we are going to find the pleasure God created us to enjoy the first choice we have to choose is to use God’s Word as the foundation for making choices in our lives.

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