It’s Your Choice
Deuteronomy 30:14-18 (NKJV)
14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.
God never forces us to do anything. It’s always a choice. As you read the text above you’ll notice that we were given two options. One to choose life and good or two to choose death and evil. Seems pretty straight forward right. (Who would knowingly choose death and evil? ) The text goes on and gives instructions. Now I bet that everyone who is reading this post definitely chose the option of life and good. But when the description is given on how to attain that……did you feel a tiny bit uneasy. Let’s break this down a bit. Verse 16 “In that I command you to love the Lord your God” Amen!! Check that one off of the list!!! Of course, I love God! That’s an easy one! Let’s continue.. “to walk in His ways, to keep His commandments, His statues, and His judgements ” hmmm…..I try my best, but do I really follow Him the way I should. I mean I go to church on Sundays, I go to Bible study, I try not to yell at my kids to much (TRY, lol) I try to be a good example. I mean I tried to be the Proverbs 31 women, but let’s face it I can’t sow. I buy my kids clothes at the store, and Im guilty of giving my family fast food from time to time. I try to be a good wife, that one who is always lifting up her husband and supporting him 100%. I want to be that woman that is in Ephesians 6 always respecting and not nagging her husband…. And I do pretty good. And I question from time to time am I setting the right example for my girls…Am I being the Naomi to their Ruth? I know I fall short. But it doesn’t mean I choose death and evil. I’m here to encourage you. As a believer you have been given the choice to turn back to Him at any time. To lay your life at His feet. Honey He knew that you couldn’t do it alone. He knew that you would need His help. He knew that our flesh would go against what was good for us. That’s why He sent his son to die for us. That’s why He sent the Holy Spirit to reside in us! Life is always a choice when you choose to surrender.
Be encouraged today!!
New International Version (NIV)
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
When you look in the mirror what do you see?
For years when I looked in the mirror I saw failure, defeat, low self esteem, a variety hurts and scars. I seen a little girl scared of the world, scared to love, scared to trust, scared to be herself, and scared of what others thought of her. I managed my life like a coward filled with an overwhelming sense of pride, not willing to face what entangled me in fear. What kept me in bondage to self. It was easier to hide, to pretend, and to ignore.
However, my heavenly father had another plan in store. He knew how I seen myself didn’t reflect the way he seen me. How much he loved me, how much he grieved for me, and how much he wanted to heal me. But I was distracted from his call, I wasn’t listening to his voice, and I was angry at him for how my life had been.
He did what any father would do to rebellious child, he disciplined me. In love. He put me in a position where I had nothing else to rely on no where else to turn but to him.
He stood before me with his arms open waiting for an embrace…however it seemed like I tiptoed towards him. Slowing dropping chain after chain. Getting a taste for more freedom with every step. Trusting a little more with ever move. Raising my face from shame. Changing from a scared little girl into a women fearing only the Lord. Before I knew it His arms were tightly wrapped around me in a mighty embrace. Telling me my child I love you and I always have and I always will.
Today when I look in the mirror a see a child of the most high God. And I may have many battle scars but I wear them with joy knowing what each one stands for. Knowing that each one of them mean victory :-)!!
Mountains…sometimes you find yourself surrounded by them. You’ve tried to go over them. You’ve tried to go under them. You’ve tried to go around them. You’ve even tried to go through them…..but what we are so quick to forget is the authority that we have been given. If you had faith a small as a mustard seed you would look at a mountain and tell it to move and it would move!! Stop allowing the situations of this life consume you!!! Especially believers!! We serve an awesome God and when we allow our situations to consume us we reflect a God that is not big enough, a God that is weak, a God that is unsympathetic to our needs. Who would want to serve a God like that???? The lost are always looking upon those who believe. Watch what you reflect!!
This morning God lead me to these chapters. In these chapters you will find the lives of 3 Kings. Manasseh (Son of Hezekiah) Amon (Son of Manasseh) and Josiah (Son on Amon)
When I began chapter 21 I was kinda shocked. King Manasseh was nothing like his father Hezekiah in fact he was the absolute opposite. It was almost as if he set forth to destroy everything that his father did. He tried to push the Lord right out of Judah and Jerusalem and the people of God just let him. It’s crazy Gods chosen people were just persuaded to allow this to go on. So crazy. He reined for 55 years. He places alters everywhere even the house of God he didn’t call on the prophets but spiritists and mediums. He did so much evil on the sight of the Lord that it literally provoked God to anger (v. 6) God was so angry that He said “I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish. Wiping in and turning it upside down” (v 13) I don’t know about you. It to me that sounds pretty horrible! I know that when I wipe a dish out I leave nothing behind….
One mans compromise brought a whole nation into calamity.
Manasseh dies and then his son Amon takes the thrown. And for a brief second my mind think ok cool maybe this dude right here will have some kind of common sense and fix what his daddy broke. But nope👎🏽 this dude follows straight in His Fathers footsteps, just so much evil…he didn’t even get to really rein as King. After 2 years his own servants turned on him and killed him in his own home. (v 23)
Ok so I go into chapter 22. Thinking…can King Josiah get this right? Josiah takes the thrown at 8 yeas old. And verse 2 says “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his Father David and he did not turn aside to the right hand or the left.” And I had to reflect on that for just a second. Manasseh and Amon were both older than Josiah when they took the thrown. Josiah was literally a third grader you guys! And he had more sense then them all! It took a child to take the thrown to fix a nation and bring them back to God. Think on that!!!
King Josiah went on to repair the temple in verses 3-7 he sends his high priest out with a pretty penny and tells him to take it to those that are in charge of the temple. And he also asks him not to keep track of the money…no accounting ( I had to kind giggle about that….how many of you would give the church a large amount of money and not want to know what the church is doing with it lol….but I’m gonna sip my tea right there)
So when the high priest gets there her give them the money and he also receives a scroll. It was the book of law for the house of the Lord. It was brought to the King and before him. And the king falls down in repentance. The book stated that God wrath was against them because of his father and his fathers father (I so could have put grandpa here but I wanted to be proper lol). King Josiah repents and tells the high priest to pray on his behalf as well. So high priest goes to a prophetess (that’s right women do have a place in ministry for all those Timothy quoters out there!! Lol) the prophetess speaks blessings because Josiah had followed the Lord. And that message was brought back to the king. God used a child to save his people but it wasn’t the last time he would do that.
Be sure to join us on Christmas Eve, December 24th at 6pm for our Christmas Eve service. This 1 hour service is open to the public and it’ll be a great opportunity for the entire family to focus on the “Reason for the Season”. We look forward to seeing you!
Please invite your friends and family for a wonderful time of music and worship.
John and Ruth sing together. John is featured on the trombone, but also plays the trumpet. Ruth plays keyboards. They compose and perform most of their music with MIDI interfaced computers. Current technology gives new “state of the art” sounds to their music. The wide variety of songs, styles, and instruments provides something for everyone!
John – studied music under James “Doc” Walker and Willard S. Nichols. He has played in several bands and orchestras including CSU, SNU, CSC and is a past member of the International Trombone Association.
Ruth – studied music under Doris Vaughn, Myra Shubert, and Robert Hale. She has been playing and singing with The Briscoes ministry for several years.