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Thursday, September 26, 2013

CHOOSE LIFE


“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; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a, NKJ).


We always have decisions to make. We either make them from a positive attitude or a negative attitude. We either make them willingly or grudgingly. We either make them in His will or out of His will. It is our decision, and the outcome not only effects us, but effects others. “Choose life,” Moses declared to the wavering Israelites, “so that you and your descendants may live.” Our decisions either bring blessing and hope or despair and discouragement. Our decisions speak life or death... not only to us, but for generations to come.


How do I know when my decision is right? It is right when it does not compromise the Word, and it does not compromise my heart in Jesus Christ. If I know Jesus Christ and love Him unwaveringly, my heart desires only to do what He wants. I may not know all the specifics of those wants, but He does. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3, NIV). If I commit my decision to the Lord, the outcome will become His. BUT this truth can only be discovered through a surrendered heart which always seeks Him, serves Him, and loves Him above all else.


Surrendering to Him means more in my life instead of less. His control in my life is better than my own, because it empowers me to choose life and be in His will. My control will only bring death. His control speaks life. It is my decision whether He controls my life or not. Today I surrender my control and choose life, that I may love the Lord my God, that I may obey His voice, and that I may cling to Him for He is my life until the very end.

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