Monday, July 13, 2015

A Choice Between Life or Death

Romans 10:5-8
For Moses writes that the law's way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But faith's way of getting right with God says, "Don't say in your heart, 'Who will go up to heaven?' (to bring Christ down to earth). And don't say, 'Who will go down to the place of the dead? (to bring Christ back to life again)." In fact, it says, "The message is very close at hand; it is on you lips and in your heart."

Deuteronomy 30:11-14
"This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, 'Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?' It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, 'Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?' No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it."

Lord, the message of salvation is not hard to understand. It is not complicated. Even a child can understand it.

Romans 10:8-10
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach. If you openly declare 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 openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

It is not a message that is complicated or hard to understand. But it IS a vitally important message. It is literally a choice between life and death.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16
"Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy."

Lord, every day, every minute, I am making life-or-death choices. Am I going to do things your way, which leads to life and peace. Or am I going to listen to my sinful nature and do what it urges me to do, which leads to misery and death.

I want to choose to obey you and walk in your ways. Then I will live and multiply by bringing others to you. And you will bless me, not necessarily materially, but definitely spiritually.

Jesus, this day I choose YOU! In Jesus' name, amen.

God Has a Purpose
John 10:10
The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
John 10:10
God Has a Purpose

God Has a Purpose
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Philippians 4:6-7
God Has a Purpose

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