Blessings & Curses … Choose Life

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The Old Testament is replete with stories of the children of Israel worshipping idols, living in direct opposition to God’s plan and then returning to God once again.  It is a vicious cycle.  Reading the accounts of many hundreds of years can leave one a little befuddled as to why they never seemed to learn their lesson.  Even as Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments inscribed by God, the people were building an idol.  (Exodus 31) What were they thinking?  And what in the world was Aaron, Moses’ right hand man, thinking?

Every word of the Bible is there for a reason and stands as a lesson for the ages.  The sinful plight of man remains today.  It is easy for us to observe and critique how the Israelites, God’s chosen people, failed Him and messed up at every turn.  But the truth is, is that you and I are not that different from the Israelites in that we have the propensity to sin as well.  The option is there.  And many times we take it.  There’s an old saying that goes like this:

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go; keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.”

Isn’t that the truth, my friend?  Some choices we have made have cost a great price, much more than we ever dreamed.  They were seemingly harmless decisions at the time, but little did we realize their consequences.

“The pleasures of sin are but for a season, and in the end destruction comes.”

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.”  ~ Romans 6:23

The only thing that can separate you or I from God is sin.  God cannot look on sin.  It is the chasm that disconnects us from the perfect will of God.  We see in John 3:16-18 what His will is:

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”  (The Message Bible)

God’s will is that all (that’s you and me) would turn to Him and accept His love and plan for our lives.  God’s love is unending, never failing and unconditional.  There is nothing you or I can do to earn His love.  It is a gift.  It is the very essence of Who He is.

There is nothing you or I can do to make God love us any more or any less.  That’s a freeing thought, isn’t it?  There are no hopeless cases with God.  If you think you’ve messed up too badly to accept the gift of His love, think again.  You are not beyond the scope of the grace He offers.  He’s reaching out to you today, friend.

Will you receive God’s love today?  If you’ve already made Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life, will you choose life and blessing in every area of your life today?

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” ~ Deuteronomy 30:19

Read Deuteronomy 28 to see all the benefits of obeying God and choosing life:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deuteronomy+28&version=NLT

Blessings and curses … Choose Life.  Choose wisely, my friend, because eternity is hanging in the balance.  Life on this earth is so temporary.  The Bible describes our lives as a mere vapor – here today, gone tomorrow.  Or as a flower in the field which fades quickly.  It’s true.  We think we’re somehow these invincible creatures, but the truth is, our time in this fleshly condition is indeed fading.  We fight it with endless anti-aging treatments, exercise, nutrition (all of which can be good); but the fact remains, this mortal body will die at the appointed time.  It is our souls that will live forever.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” ~ Romans 10:9-10  NLT

It is the single most important decision you will ever make in your entire life.  Choose wisely.  Choose life.  Choose the God who took your place so that you may live eternally with Him.  He loves you so, my friend.

Prayer:  “Dear God, please forgive me of all my sins.  I’m turning my back on them today.  Make me new.  I receive Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior this day.  Help me to live for you, I pray.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

It’s that simple.  Get in the Word of God.  Read and study it.  The Gospel of John is an excellent place to begin:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1&version=NLT

It’s also important to get in a Bible believing church that preaches the salvation message loud and clear, and one that can disciple and help you to grow in your walk with the Lord.  Many blessings, my friend!  And, if you’ve just prayed that prayer, welcome to the family of God!

And, if you’ve prayed that prayer before and you’re walking with the Lord, I challenge you to choose life every day so that you will reap all the blessings God has for you! (Deut. 28)

Lastly, if you’re not sure about anything you’ve read here and this is all completely new to you, I challenge you to give God a try.  Talk to him like you would a friend sitting next to you.  Ask Him to make Himself real to you.  I know He will.  He loves you so.

“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.  Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.” ~ Anna Bartlett Warner, 1860

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