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Choose You This Day – What Is The Choice?

You are faced with a choice everyday, what will you choose?

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

This is a pretty popular verse in the Bible. There are two different sayings in this verse that are well known. The last being “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” There are plenty of inspirational signs that people have hanging up in there house with this saying. We even have one that my wife made that sits on top of one of our bookshelves.

The second saying from this verse is “choose you this day whom ye will serve.” I have plenty of messages and lessons on this topic and guess what, I have a blog about it today!

Joshua was standing before the children of Israel. He was telling them they had a choice to make that day. They had to choose between serving the true God or serving the gods from Egypt.

When I think of the definition of choice, I define it like this, the conscious decision of picking something between two or more options.

Everything we do in life is a choice. From the time we wake until the time we go to bed, we are making choices. We may not realize it or even think of it in this manner but every single thing we do is a direct result of a choice.

In the Christian life, we are faced with a choice every single day!

We have to choose between serving God or serving the world, the flesh and the devil. We have to choose between right and wrong.

Joshua presented the children of Israel with this choice and he told them they had to choose. What is this choice? I see three things about this choice that will apply to each one of us.

  1. It is an Individual Choice – Choosing between God and the gods of Egypt was an individual and personal choice for each person. Joshua said choose you! That you is singular, that you is individual! Joshua couldn’t make the choice for each person present that day, he could only make the choice for himself. We see his choice when he said, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Every morning when you wake up, you have to make a choice. You have to decide between serving God or the world, flesh and the devil that day. I can’t make that decision for you and you can’t make it for me. It is an individual choice!
  2. It is an Important Choice – This choice that we are talking about today is the single most important choice you will make every day. This choice will define your day and it will direct your future. There is nothing more important than choosing to serve God every single day. In my own personal life, my choices I make affect more than just me, they affect my wife and my daughters. Why wouldn’t I want to choose God every day.
  3. It is an Inescapable Choice – Joshua told them to choose this day! There is no escaping the choice that has to be made. You have to choose, you have to make a decision. You cannot wake up one morning and decide you aren’t going to make any choices that day, in doing so you just made a choice. It isn’t possible for someone else to make the choice of whom you will serve, it is your choice and you can’t escape it.

Choices are made every day. Some are big choices, some are little choices. Some are already predetermined based on our habits and lifestyle and others are conscious choices that we have to think about.

Serving God every day is a conscious choice. You have to decided to do it. We are sinful creatures by nature and left to ourselves we will naturally choose to do wrong. We have to make the decision of serving Christ every single day. And don’t just decide to do it, act upon it and fulfill that decision on a daily basis!

Who will you choose to serve today?

It is an INDIVIDUAL, an IMPORTANT, and an INESCAPABLE choice!

Choose you this day!

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Focus Forward

Change your focus!

You will never get where you want to go because you never focus on where you need to go.

Focus Forward

I was out working today and I saw this little saying on an elementary school sign. I saw this statement and immediately thought of Philippians 3:13

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,”

Paul in Philippians was basically telling us that we need to ‘Focus Forward.’

Many times in the Christian life, we are too busy focusing on where we have been and what we have done. We are focused on the past, whether it is good or bad. I see and hear all the time, ‘we DID this’ or ‘we ACCOMPLISHED that’ or ‘we WENT there.’ It is time we change our way of thinking, it is time we change our focus.

It is time that we start to ‘Focus Forward.’

It is still early enough in the year to change your focus for the year. Stop looking at what you did last year and start focusing on what you are going to do this year.

We never get anywhere in life because we are always focused on the past. Paul tells us to forget about those things which are behind. Move on from them. Stop dwelling on the past. You will never go anywhere if you are always looking backwards.

I watched a clip from a successful businessman/motivational speaker and one of his points was ‘change your ask.’ His idea behind this, is if you always ask for the same thing, you will always get the same thing. If you change your ask, you will eventually get something different. Yes, you may be criticized and laughed at, but when you set goals and you have a desire to do something great, that will happen.

Change your focus!

Change what you are looking at!

In my spiritual life, it is time that I stop looking at what I used to do for Christ and start looking at what I can do for Christ. I need to change my focus and focus forward in my spiritual life.

What keeps us from focusing forward?

Our past keeps us looking backwards. FORGET ABOUT YOUR PAST! You cannot change it. You cannot do anything different! FORGET ABOUT IT! Paul had to learn this lesson. He murdered Christians! He killed people who believed in Jesus Christ for a living! Yet, Paul became one of the greatest Christians, one of the greatest servants of Christ, that has ever walked on the face of the earth! Why? How? What did he do different? HE FORGOT ABOUT HIS PAST! No matter how bad you were, no matter how lazy you were no matter where you are from, you can still do something great! If you forget about your past.

Distractions keep us looking sidewards. Whether they are good or bad, we all have distractions in life that will keep us from looking forward. We may be distracted by what someone else is doing…or not doing. We may be too worried about the world and the direction it’s going. We need to be focused on our own life and make sure we are going in the right direction.

Change your focus! Focus Forward!

Do something great in 2020!

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The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side!”

This is an old saying that basically reminds us to pay attention to the grass in our backyard, mind our own business and take care of our own grass.

Whenever I hear this saying, I think of a certain Bible character, Lot.

Lot was Abraham’s nephew and they were journeying through the land together. As they journeyed their flocks and their servants and their families grew. They became such a big company that their servants started arguing amongst one another and causing problems. Abraham came to Lot one day and told him to choose a direction. Whatever direction Lot choose, Abraham would choose the opposite direction.

This is the moment that would change their lives forever. There was a huge choice that would be made that would establish the direction of each man and it would determine their destiny.

“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.” Genesis‬ ‭13:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Lot made his choice by what he saw. He lifted his eyes and saw the well watered plains and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. From where he was, everything looked good! From where Lot stood and what he saw, it was the best choice of land that he could take.

What Lot didn’t know, what Lot didn’t see, was the wickedness that was in Sodom and Gomorrah. He didn’t see his future and what could happen, he only saw what was right in front of him and he saw “green grass!”

I noticed a couple things in this story that we need to remember when it comes to making decisions in life.

Just because it looks greener, doesn’t mean it is better.

This is the obvious statement from the story. I’m sure Lot saw how good it looked when he made his choice! The Bible says Lot pitched his tent towards Sodom. I wonder if Lot would have just stayed in the plains and enjoyed the fruitfulness of the ground, how different his story would have been. But he pitched his tent towards Sodom, he saw Sodom everyday, eventually he ended up where his focus was at! I imagine everything was going good in Sodom when he first moved in but soon enough, the green washed away and he had to see the depravity and wickedness of the city, yet he chose to live there. In the end, the well watered plains were not better for Lot!

When making a decision like the direction to go in life, let the Lord lead you!

The difference between the choice that Abraham made and the choice that Lot made was the Lord led Abraham in the direction he should go.

“And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” Genesis‬ ‭13:14-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Just like Lot, Abraham looked and he saw all the land that God was going to give him. He not only saw the land, he was told how much God was going to bless him in this land. It is amazing what happens when you let the Lord guide you as you make decisions in your life. Yes, look at the options, but let God lead.

Your decisions affect those around you.

Lot made his decision and lost his family. He had family that were destroyed in the city when God rained down fire and brimstone. Lot lost his wife as they were running away and she looked back and became a pillar of salt! Then Lot’s daughters committed a wicked act with their father! And it all started with a look!

Abraham, on the other hand, was promised by God that his seed will numbered as the dust of the ground! We see Abraham’s story throughout the rest of the Bible and now in history!

Our decisions, whether big or small, will affect those around us!

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