Every time we turn around we are faced with choices. From the moment we awake until we finally fall asleep we are making choices, decisions about what to do next. These choices are sometimes based on impulses, whatever is pretty and shiny, handy or just catches our eyes. We have done this from the moment we came into this world, and at this point of our life we have no real concept of right or wrong. We are in the process of learning all about our world, how to cope with it and the things in it. We haven’t been taught right from wrong, or the truth.
We have not yet been given the law. (Romans 5:13KJV) (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law) so how could the Lord send judgment on us if we did not know the rules. So sin, before the law was given, was not taken into account. The Lord said (Romans 4:15 KJV) because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Paul explains that he is not saying that the laws of God are evil, only that they point out our sinful nature. The law is not sinful; it shows us our sin. (Romans 7:7 KJV) What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, You shall not covet (envy; desire). So why are we trying so hard to avoid the truth of out hearts? FEAR! We are afraid to face the inner most truth of our sinful selves. We play at church just to ease the pain of our guilt that we live with everyday.
We wake up every morning and carefully prepare our mask, the face that we let the world see. Then we go out into the world thinking, “Now I am better, I can do anything.” But we are just an empty shell. Who have you fooled? No one but ourselves.
The Lord can see deep into our hearts. Long before we decide in our heart what we are going to do or say. God knows before we do. Jesus knew their hearts (Matthew 9:4; 12:25) 4Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A city or home divided against itself is doomed. Jesus knows the truth of our hearts no matter what mask we wear (Matthew 22:18; Mark 2:8; Luke 6:8-9; Luke 11:17; John 2:25). God, who knows people’s hearts, confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he gave him to us. 9He made no distinction between them and us; for he also cleansed their hearts through faith (Acts 15:8). There is no where that we can hide the secrets of our hearts from the Lord. 11Even the depths of Death and Destruction are known by the Lord. How much more does he know the human heart! (Proverbs 5:11).
When God “discovered” Adam and Eve hiding from Him (Genesis 3:8-24); He asked, “Where are you? Why are you hiding?” God knew why they were hiding and where. They had disobeyed Him. God only wanted them to confess what they had done. God knew that the serpent had tempted Eve and Adam would do her bidding, of his own choice.
Why did God allow this to happen? God gave man FREE WILL, freedom of choice. He created man in His own image, not physical image. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27). When He created man in His own image, freewill, the right to choose was part of the package. This is important to God. He gave man the right to choose his own path, life and prosperity or death and despair. Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? Let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. (Exodus 32:26). 19 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: (Deuteronomy 30:19)
God has sent the call many times to us, and we keep on saying the same old thing. We love you Lord, but we want everything in this world, large bank accounts, fast cars and fast people. We keep putting Him off every time that he calls.
What are you waiting for? He has already told us many times that we cannot serve two masters. 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). We would not be happy and our lives are divided between home, God and greed. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25). Elijah asked Israel, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if greed and lust (Baal), then follow him. (1 Kings 18:21). We have to make the final choice, total trust in God or complete lust and greed.
You cannot have both!
I have found, through a very painful process, that I can no longer cope with my life the way it was. When I allowed Jesus Christ in my life, my life began to change. I saw the truth of my life, the lies and the deceptions. The pain that I had caused all because I thought that I could do every thing in my life myself. I can see the wreckage of my life strewn across the years.
I realized that only Jesus Christ could change it all. Only He can clean the wounds and heal the pain. My desire is their healing and forgiveness for what I have done. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ that He has begun the healing in their lives.
I have turned my life over to Jesus Christ, and I know that He has forgiven me!
Our lives are not our own. Our lives touch upon other lives daily in many ways. Our choices in life affect those we love and those who are around us. Everything that we do or chose to do has a rippling effect across the body of mankind. Just like dropping a stone in a calm pool of water. The stone striking water causes a ripple in the surface. You have changed the surface by causing the ripples. Our choices do the same thing to the people around us. We can CHOOSE how we affect the people around us. Each choice causes a change in the people around us. We can choose the right thing and bring Christ into their life or we can choose the world and cause pain and separation. We need to choose what is right and what is of God.
From your mouth comes the truth of your heart, even the words spoken in anger. We are warned not to be quick or hasty with our mouths. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you upon earth: therefore let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:2) 19Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow! (Proverbs 10:19). 7“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again (Matthew 6:7). Think before you speak, pray for guidance. I myself tend to have a problem with this. I have been known to put my foot in mouth on occasion. It would be wise, if you don’t think before you speak, to at least wash your feet daily.
The Lord knows our hearts.
Our choice is to think carefully and examine our hearts. Determine whether we really are focused on Jesus Christ. Can we really be in tune with the Lord? How would He handle this?
Why not ask the Lord?
There is not one thing; nothing is so small, or so large that the Lord cannot cope with. He can heal your heart, body and soul. Jesus is the Healer. He was sent to heal the sick, to renew the hearts. 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people (Matthew 4:23; 9:35). He can cleanse your spirit and renew your heart. However, you must make the Choice to receive Jesus Christ as your savior. You must get off the pew and choose! To serve the Lord or the prince of darkness.
Jesus Christ or Satan!