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September 11, 2013

Text:  ” I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”  Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Choices are a large part of human life. Men and women make choices every day; some that have no real impact on our lives, and some that are watersheds in our destiny. If you go to McDonalds today, you might have to choose between a Big Mac and a Chicken Club Sandwich. That choice is not earth-shaking.  On the other hand, choosing a life-long spouse is crucial to most everything you encounter in life. You might have to decide whether you want to live in Texas or New York City. Would you rather choose to be a heavy equipment operator or a doctor?  Choices are easy or difficult, unimportant or important, either permanent  or  fleeting in their outcome. So, make sure you know the importance and consequences of your choices.

Consider that many of your choices will be of a spiritual nature. These will be about life and how to live it, as well as death and what happens after that. All areas of your life will influence your destiny. Men and women like to compartmentalize their lives. They wish to separate areas of their lives allowing each one to be isolated from one another.  They might like to think that religion stands alone. They want their behaviors, actions, thoughts, ethics, morals etc. not to be considered  with “religion”. That means that they can rationalize  that something is not wrong and not considered damning. But as my wife says, “That ain’t gonna happen!” If the religion of Jesus does not rule all of your life, then it rules none of your life. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” II Corinthians 5:10

At the time of our text above Moses is stepping down and appointing Joshua to take his place. Forty years before at Mt. Sinai, Israel had made a covenant with God. He stood and read the 10 commandments and the other laws of the pact and all Israel listened. After Moses had read them, they agreed for the Lord to be their God and they his people, and to obey the covenant laws. They all said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 24:3 The covenant had been broken in the ensuing years, so now they came together  to make a covenant renewal. Moses said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live….” Deuteronomy 30:19b Israel affirmed their choice of God as their god and their obedience of the law.  

You have subscribed yourself to God’s New Covenant, and to obey God and all his laws if you have obeyed the gospel of Christ. That includes all his laws. All of this was done by choice. But there are choices to be made every day in the Christian life. You must choose at every crossroad to obey the inspired will of God. That means that you choose to refuse to serve Satan.

To discern the right choice from the wrong choice you must find it in God’s word.

Make all of your choices to serve God.

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