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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Where’s Your Focus

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So I am getting all my 2020 blogs out of my head. This year will have a lot of eyesight and vision references. But as a Christian, it is important that our eyes and our vision are on the right things!

Our focus as a Christian should be on Jesus Christ. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the beginning and the end of everything we know! Christ was here long before we were and He will still be long after us!

As we get ready to go through the year 2020, I want you to ask yourself, ‘Where is my focus at?’

This is a serious question to ask ourselves. Our feet will eventually follow our focus.

It is like driving, when you take your focus off of the road for an extended period of time, you start to drive towards wherever you are looking. You will naturally follow your focus.

You may think you are walking straight down the path of life, but if your focus isn’t wholly on the things of God, you will eventually end up of the path that God wants you on!

Your focus in the Christian life needs to be on Jesus Christ! “Looking unto Jesus…”

The Bible tells us to look unto Jesus! He should be where our gaze is fixed! He should be our focus in life!

Why should we focus on Jesus Christ?

Because He saved us! The first reason we should focus on Jesus Christ is because He provided us a way to Heaven, a way to escape Hell. Jesus gave Himself for us so that we can have salvation. If you are a saved child of Jesus Christ, your focus in life should be on Him. Christ is the beginning and ending of our faith and He is everything in between. Focus on Christ because of His gift of salvation.

Because of what He has given us! If you take a minute to look at your life and see everything that God has given you, you would have no reason but to focus on Him. Everything we are, everything we have is from Jesus Christ. Stop focusing on yourself and your problems and look at the blessings you have been given in life. One of the problems with Christians today is we get our focus off of Christ because we are looking at the things we don’t have instead of the things we do have.

Because of what He has in store for us! Do you realize that God knows what is ahead in your life? Too often, we take matters into our own hands and we end up with far less in life because we didn’t trust God to take us to where He wanted us. If we take our focus off of Christ, we will end up off the path He has for us.

Where is your focus in 2020?

Is it on Christ?

Is it on yourself and your problems and the things you want?

“Looking unto Jesus…”

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