Chutes and Ladders (Part 1)

As you can see by the title, we are going to discuss the classic children’s board game. Chutes and Ladders has many different variations but the concept is the same, as you move on the board if you land on a ladder you go up and if you land on a chute you do down. It’s a very simple concept!

I am a very competitive person, anyone who knows me, knows that to be true. I turn everything into a competition, I want to win at everything! Life is like a game. We are the pieces on the playing board of life. Every move we make in life has an outcome whether it’s good or bad, helpful or hurtful.

I saw a verse a few weeks ago that made me think about this game “Chutes and Ladders.”

“Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭26:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I want to talk about the last half of this verse today. “I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”

In the Christian life, we can slide. In life in general, we can slide. Unless we trust in the Lord. I got to thinking about slides and thought of a few points that would illustrate our sliding away from God.

One of the best things about any playground is the slide. Slides are fun! I love y’all slides that go really fast! I remember a place in Colorado called the “North Pole.” It was like a children’s amusement park that was Christmas themed. There they had like a three-story slide that you had to go down on a potato sack! It was so much fun!

Even though slides are fun, no matter the shape or size, they all have somethings in common that we can learn from. It’s good to learn spiritual lessons from everyday things.

The Direction of a Slide.

The first direction a slide goes is down.

If you were playing “Chutes and Ladders” and landed on a chute, or a slide, you would slide back down the board to wherever it ends. You would move backwards.

A slide on a playground always goes down. I’ve never seen a playground slide that goes up!

In the Christian life, if we do not trust in God and I’m talking about trusting Him more than in just salvation, we will start to slide in our life and gradually decline and move away from Him. When we aren’t trusting in God, we are trusting in something else, whether it be ourselves, someone else, money or whatever the case may be, our trust isn’t in God. Lack of trust in God will bring sliding in our life.

The second direction a slide goes is away.

You may not always go down when you start to slide but you will definitely start sliding away from the top or where you should be.

When you fail to trust God, you will eventually end up sliding away from Him. It may not happen instantly but over time, there will be so much distance between you and God because you trusted in everything else but Him.

The Dangers of a Slide

Although slides are very fun, they can be dangerous! In my opinion, the higher a slide is and the faster it goes, the better! I don’t like the little three foot slides anymore, I need something exciting!

I’ve seen kids fall off of slides, get stuck on a slide, hit the ground hard at the bottom of a slide. I’ve seen children crying because of their experience on a slide! I’ve seen the dangers of a slide.

When we start sliding in our Christian life because we lack trusting in God, we are in danger of failing as a Christian. When we don’t trust in God to lead and guide us in our daily life, we are in danger of making stupid decisions that we will end up regretting later!

Slides at the playground are fun! Like I mentioned before, the higher and faster they go, the better! Sliding in life because of our lack of trust in God, that’s not fun. It has its consequences!

Trust in the Lord! He will keep you from sliding in life!

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3 Choices to Make Every Day

“You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of that choice!”

“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

Today’s post is a sequel to yesterday. It is Part 2. But it can stand alone on its own!

Choices define us.

Choices determine our direction.

Choices direct our destiny.

We make so many choices every day. Starting from the time we get up and continuing until the time we go to bed. We are constantly making choices.

Many of us have routines that we follow. That routine has been determined by choices that we make. We have habits that we act daily, all programmed by consistent choices that we have made.

As we talked about yesterday, the choice between serving God and serving the flesh, is the greatest choice we will make every single day. As we choose to serve God, there are three significant choices we need to make each day to help us in our choice of serving God.

Choose to Forfeit Your Will

“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

If we are going to choose to serve God, we have to choose to forfeit our will every day. We have to lay our life down on the altar of sacrifice and live a life as God would want us to live. We have to decide that we want to be like Christ and not like the world. We have to decide to be different from the world instead of being conformed to the world. We have to be transformed, be something different in this wicked world. Forfeit, give up, let go of your desires and wants. Choose to fulfill the will of God every day for your life.

Choose to Follow Him

“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, SImon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-19

After we forfeit our will, the next step is choosing to follow Him. These two men, Peter and Andrew, were faced with a choice. They had to decide whether to follow Christ or keep on fishing. Forfeiting your will and following Christ go hand in hand. You really can’t have one without the other. You have to choose both or neither! We see in verse 20, that they immediately left their nets to follow Christ. Once we make the decision to follow Him, don’t look back at what you left behind, keep following!

Choose to Fight the World

“Wherefore take unto the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

We are told to take the whole armor of God so that we can stand in the evil day. We are living in the evil day. You do not take armor if you aren’t planning on fighting! We have to choose every day to fight the wickedness and sin of this world. The best way we can is to avoid it, abstain from it and live a righteous, holy life that is pleasing unto the world. If you do not choose to do right, you will eventually do wrong. You have to make a conscious decision that you will do right and live by the Word of God.

Each one of these three choices go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. But each one is a choice that has to….needs to….be made every single day!!

Choose you this day… to forfeit you will.

Choose you this day… to follow Him.

Choose you this day… to fight the world.

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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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