“Choose you this day” (Joshua 24:15). Choosing to side with God’s Word is a continual challenge. It’s not some- thing you do just once. It’s a process of choosing to believe and act upon the Word of God over and over in every circumstance. That’s what everyone has to do.
Years ago I decided I was going to choose Jesus. Since then I’ve had to choose Him again and again in situations every day. I’ve chosen Him as my Lord and Savior. I’ve chosen Him as my Healer. I’ve chosen Him as my Financier. I’ve chosen Him as head of my household. And I still have to choose Him moment by moment.
Sometimes that choice gets tough, but God has promised it will never get too tough. In 1Cor.10:13, He says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able.” What the Lord is saying is that He will not allow you to be subjected to a temptation you’re unable to overcome. With every temptation, He’ll make a way of escape. He’ll ALWAYS make sure you have a choice.
The devil doesn’t come tempt you while God is off somewhere else, unaware of what is happening to you. The Spirit of God is constantly there with you, providing you with the way to overcome. In other words, God matches even the toughest temptations with the weapons and power you need to conquer them. He always makes it possible for you to choose life.
So choose to walk in love. Choose to walk by faith. Choose to live by the Word. Jesus is the Way! Choose Him!
Man has free moral agency and can choose and can choose his eternal destiny as well as what he should do every day of his life.
Abigail was fair and wise. Married to an evil man, Nabal, she had a choice. (See I Samuel 25.) Would she become like him? Or would she rise above the negative atmosphere and maintain her dignity?
We too are surrounded by angry, insensitive people. “Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked” (I Samuel 24:13). What is on the inside of a person cannot be hid.
It is possible to spend our lives reacting and never taking responsibility for the person we become. We will stand before God for our behavior. So will those who hurt us.
At some point a decision has to be made. “No longer! I will not allow the hurt, pain, shame, and abuse that come my way to dictate my future.”
What kind of a person do we want to be? Poised? Kind? Grateful? Even tempered? Gracious? Merciful? Soft spoken? Respected?
Our lives are made up of individual days. We can think today does not count, we will do better tomorrow. That is a lie from Satan. Everyday we can choose. “Today is going to be a blessed day. Today I am going to live in such a way that I please God.”
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)
Later this afternoon I will post 20 Good Qualities of Abigail; you will be amazed about the character of this remarkable woman. So, please come back to read. See you!