CHOICES

     (Deuteronomy 30:19), "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."

     The ability to make choices is a wonderful privilege that God has given to us that we enjoy every day of our lives. Every morning we make a choice to get out of bed today, what clothes to wear, what food to eat, and a many other countless choices throughout the course of a day. We make choices every minute of the day. Some of the choices we make are conscious ones that we have thought about before we make them. Other are made without thinking about them because they are an automatic response to an idea, thought, or circumstance, like smiling, waving, or greeting someone

     Every choice we make, small or great, has an impact upon our lives and the choices we make determine where we are going and what we are becoming. The choices that you make today will determine who and what you are five years from now.

     In our scripture text, this truth is illustrated in the choice that God gave to the children of Israel in giving them a choice between life and death, blessing and cursing.  After Moses announces the wonderful blessings of God that He would bestow upon Israel if they would obey Him and the frightening curses that would come upon them if they disobeyed Him, Moses calls for a decision (choice). The choice that Israel would make would determine whether they lived or died; whether they would be blessed by God or punished by God. The choice they would make would determine their destiny.

     Giving us a choice has always been God's way for us and in the Scriptures we have examples of those who make good choices and were blessed by God. In the book of Hebrews we read of some of those who make good choices.

     Abel made the good choice of offering a blood sacrifice and was made righteous.

     Enoch made the good choice to walk with God and he was taken to heaven without dying.

     Noah made the good choice to build the ark and he and his family were saved from the flood and became the heirs of righteousness.

     Abraham made the good choice to follow God into a strange land and became the father of the nation of Israel, the friend of God, and the father of all those who believe on Christ.

     Moses made the good choice to forsake Egypt and suffer with the people of God and became the greatest Old Testament prophet to the nation of Israel.

     These are just a few of the many saints who through the years have made the good choice to surrender their lives to God and enjoyed the blessings of God as a result of their choices.

     In our text we learn that God has also given us the choice to love and obey Him or not to love and obey Him. He has promised His blessings upon those who choose to love and obey Him and has warned of His judgment upon those who choose not to love and obey Him.

     Which choice will you make? If you do not know Him as your Savior; will you choose to turn from your sins and trust Him as your Savior?  Or will you reject Him as your Savior and die without Him to be cast into a lake of fire and brimstone where you will burn forever and ever.

      If you do know Him as your Savior; will you choose to yield your life to Him and serve Him with your whole heart? Or will you disobey Him and suffer the chastening hand of God upon your life.

     Which choice will you make today?

                                                                                                                                                                    Pastor Allen Jackson

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