Choose Life!

Lesson 2

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

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 you and your seed may live.

That you may love the Lord your God and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cling unto him, for he is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land.

We make decisions every day. Sometimes we just don’t make the right ones. In some cases it is a clear choice of what we should do and easy to choose. We take that choice and things work out well. But other times, it is not so clear and we make the wrong decision and things don’t work out so well. And then we wonder how we got in such a mess. Well it is because we made the wrong choice. So how do we know to make the right choice? We need to seek the Lord and ask Him. But be prepared to believe, listen and do what He says or you will not receive.

James 1:5-8 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  Let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; He is double minded and unstable in all of his ways.

This is a powerful passage of scripture. It affects every area of your life. We must go before the Lord, in faith and without doubt that He knows what is best for us. We can’t go thinking “Well I will see what He says and then decide if I want to do it.” That won’t work. We either have to believe that what He tells us is the only answer, or nothing will work.

In life we are constantly thinking we can do it on our own. There is nothing further from the truth. On our own, we can’t succeed. On our own, we will have no will power. On our own, we will not make quality decisions. On our own, we will fail. But thank God, as Christians, we are not on our own. We have God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help us.

We don’t need to be tossed like a wave of the sea. We can be solid as a rock and make decisions that will stand and will change our lives.  I know that I have tried to do things on my own, and I failed miserably. And sometimes, just gave up. But whenever I made a decision, with the Holy Spirit’s help, I succeeded.  We need to make quality decisions, from which there is no turning back.

If we say…I sure wish I could….or I sure would like to….or I am going to try…. We will fail every time. But when we have the Holy Spirit as our help we can say I am going to do it! And then do it!

And no matter how hard it may seem sometimes to follow through, you will not go back on that decision. If you feel you can’t do it, then rely on the Holy Spirit. If you ever take back your decision to let Him help you, you will fail.

"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind."

Let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; He is double minded and unstable in all of his ways. I don’t want to be double minded and unstable in all my ways. Do you? If we do not make a decision to let the Lord take over, this will happen.

If you examine your life, you will see that this is true. That we have problems sticking to anything. We leave a trail of unfinished projects that will never get done. But as we begin to discipline our lives, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, the rest of our life will fall into line. As we start to make good quality decisions about our life, we will see a change in the way we do things. We will not be satisfied with the way we used to be. Our whole life will take a turn and people will start to notice the change.

Your whole attitude about life will change as well. You will see things different. You won’t be negative. You will be positive and ready to encourage others instead of always being in need of encouragement. You will become the one that others look to for help.

Does this all happen overnight? Well of course not! But making the decision to “Choose Life” is the first step. God did not want us to just accept his plan of salvation and then flounder through life, barely making it. Dependant on others and incapable of making anything of our life. He brought us into His family to make us a success in everything we do. He wants us to shine as beacons in this world of darkness, not get lost in it. He wants us to prosper in everything we do

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

Is your soul prospering? Are you in good health? Both physically and mentally? If not then you need to examine the kind of decisions you are making. This includes every area of your life.  Eating, drinking, sleeping, exercise. What you watch, read, what you hear, what you say.

We need to be selective in all these areas if we want to prosper in every area of our lives. If we are not, then we will not live the quality of life we should. What do you spend time doing the most? Is it quality living?

My mother always used to say this “Would you want to be doing that when Jesus comes back?”

That is a good gauge to go by. But if you would not want to be caught by him doing it…then don’t do it…because here is here all the time with you.

We need to attend to the word of God and what it says

Proverbs 4:20-27 My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a deceitful mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil

The word of God should be in our hearts and we should listen to what it says all the time. The issues of life come from the heart. What is in there, will come out. Either physical, emotional or spiritual, we are affected by what we put in, no matter what people say. We will live what we learn. Let’s make it the word. Put away anything that is contrary to the word of God. Nothing should come out of your mouth that is not glorifying to the Lord. Look only to Jesus, not to the left or to the right. He is the answer for all that you need. We need to choose his path for our feet to walk on. If we do this we will be established and choose life. It is the only sure foundation, and will keep us from the path of the evil one.

II Peter 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

God has given us every thing we need to live this life. There is nothing we need that he has not already provided for us. We  just need to tap into it

Choose Life!

Lesson 3