Choose Life {Life}

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” Deuteronomy 30:15-16

 

 “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

 

 

Following Jesus is a choice. It always has been. God is a gentleman. He will never force obedience or devotion to Him. His gift of salvation is available for everyone but we have to choose to accept it.

Although these verses are from  the Old Testament, they still apply today.

 

There is life or death.

Blessing or curses.

Abundance or lack.

Obedience or disobedience.

 

We can live for our own glory or the glory of God. The choice is yours.

 

Which choice will you make today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come Away With Him {Away}

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

 

“At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.” Luke 4:42

 

Both of these verses set a standard for us by Jesus Himself. The New Testament is filled with countless stories of Jesus ministering to crowds and pouring Himself out in every way imaginable. That can be utterly exhausting! Jesus knew this and He knew that the only way that He could minister effectively was to have time alone with God.

He knew that time alone with the Father wouldn’t just happen, He would have to be intentional in making it happen. Often times we have a desire to spend time with God but we don’t want to put forth the effort into actually making it happen.

 

It is a choice.

It will take effort.

 

Those are the facts. If Jesus deemed it necessary to make this time a priority, how much more important is it for us to?  God longs for one on one, intimate, unhurried time with us. I pray that we would come to long for this time as much as He does.

 

 

Is it hard for you to carve out time with God? Why or why not?

 

 

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