Monday, January 21, 2013

FAITH: Refusing, Choosing Rather...

We have choices everyday. What to wear, what to eat, where to go, how to go there... and on it goes. Some choices are easy (like the above examples) and some are more difficult. The most important choice that we can make is the choice to REFUSE the world and CHOOSE God. There was a time in life, that Moses had to do this...

Heb 11:23-29 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandments By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

Moses had to give up the world and all the comforts of the world to follow Christ. He was a prince, raised in one of the riches kingdoms at that time, but he gave it up to follow Christ.

Other Bible Examples
  1. Jesus left Heaven and all the beautiful comforts to come to this world and save us from ourselves and our sin.
  2. Abraham packed up his bags and left his home for a place God promised him. This was faith!
Maybe you think its to difficult to give up the world. Maybe you want both. The Bible says YOU MUST CHOOSE!!! 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. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. - Matthew 6:24"

Former president Ronald Reagan once had an aunt who took him to a cobbler for a pair of new shoes. The cobbler asked young Reagan, "Do you want square toes or round toes?" Unable to decide, Reagan didn't answer, so the cobbler gave him a few days. Several days later the cobbler saw Reagan on the street and asked him again what kind of toes he wanted on his shoes. Reagan still couldn't decide, so the shoemaker replied, "Well, come by in a couple of days. Your shoes will be ready." When the future president did so, he found one square-toed and one round-toed shoe! "This will teach you to never let people make decisions for you," the cobbler said to his indecisive customer. "I learned right then and there," Reagan said later, "if you don't make your own decisions, someone else will."
...and that someone is the prince of this world. He wants YOU! He will claim it if you don't give your life to Jesus! Once you give your life completely to him, you will be a follower of Christ. Saved from your sin and a child of God.

Choosing to follow God does not stop at salvation. As a saved, Christ-following believer, here are some ways that you can see this FAITH play out in your life...

  1. Choose to give up some of your social media (facebook, twitter, email) time to have a social time with God (read and pray daily)
  2. Choose to be in church every week, refusing family outings, sports events or tiredness that likes to get in your way
  3. Choose to give your tithe even when are short on money....TRUST in God
  4. Choose to not go to that party that might have some form of ungodliness choosing rather to go somewhere that would honor God
  5. Choose to listen to music that glorifies God refusing the ungodliness of the world
  6. Refusing_______________________Choosing Rather_______________(Fill in the blank)

Joshua24:15And 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: ...
(HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY) but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Choose today who you will follow. If it's God then you must refuse the world and choose Him. - rejoicing in the present

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