Tuesday, August 25, 2015

choices to make8

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Choices are critical.  They are part of our every day life.  Some choices are huge with consequences that travel way this day, this month or even this year or decade.  There are some choices that really aren’t choices because our character demands one direction over another. 

Many of us have found ourselves in the middle of choices that can go any way.  That is when we have to lean in to get direction and wisdom, but who will we lean in to?  Who will we listen to?

It is hard to believe that summer is almost gone and fall is right ahead of us, yet it is also difficult for me to get my mind around the fact that our oldest child will move out of our home and move on to the college campus.  This dad is praising God that that college is a short 45 minute (or less) drive from our home.

There are choices ahead.  That is why we have to trust God, seek His face and the first choice I make is not to stop.

The following is a post I shared in November of 2008 about choices.  It continues to ring true for me today.  Read on and trust God…

Are you ever reminded that much of the time our feelings and our faith don't always match up?  I am, and I need to hear and believe what God says.  Then, pass those things along.

We have seen lives changes, and each one has an awesome story about who God is and how God works.  Each person also has choices to make every day.  All of us have choices to make.  Believe God or following what your feelings say.

Let me give you some of the verses that are pinging my mind this morning:

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Saved by God through grace.  We are changed and forgiven.  I’m reminded that the new life is lived with and for Christ.  Therefore a choice: my way or God's way.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Faith is one of those mysterious things that we have to take God at His word.  We learn by letting our minds and hearts hold on to what God says.  Take God at His word, as truth.  Therefore we have a choice: live out my faith or question the way I feel.

Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

That is a huge verse that we need to listen to with all of our faith.  Truth is, our feelings just don't match our faith.  Therefore a choice: live by faith or by our feelings.

The longer we live by faith, the more our feelings fall into line, yet often our feelings lie to us.  Satan uses our feelings to knock us out of line with our faith.  Tough thing is that God doesn't just change our lives or take us right to heaven.  We have some choices to make, every day choices.  Lets live by faith.  Nothing else.

And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away

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