Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

The debate rages today as to when life begins. God settled it when He created us. 

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Being chosen by God to live, we are given an ever-living soul.

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

Man is a three-part being: body, soul, and spirit. We are well-acquainted with the body. Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. Our spirit comes alive when we receive Christ and become born-again. Until that day, when we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, our spirit is dead. 

 John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

It is by Jesus Christ that we are given that ‘quickening spirit’ in 1 Corinthians. Until we do, our spirit is dead. It can only be made alive by the Word of God.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

The choice to be saved is just the beginning. Every day of our life, we make choices. The average adult makes over 35,000 decisions in a day. In what I gleaned from God’s Word today, my Heavenly Father tells me to choose life.

Why?

Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Choosing God because He is my life, places my life in His hands. Often, we struggle because we want to control the outcome. Some try to control their environment. Others try to control the people around them. Still, others will exercise power to force their will on all around them only to find that the end is never as satisfying as they once thought.

When we follow God’s command to choose life by choosing Him, He promises to take care of us, watch over us, and bring us to an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

I believe in the transforming power of God through salvation because He transformed me. Therefore, He can do what I think impossible. Faith is a choice. Not just for our salvation, but every step after that.

Relationships die because one or both failed to choose life. They allow the situation and circumstances to capture their hearts and kill what began with such love, life, and vibrancy. Our most important relationship can fall into disrepair if we don’t work to repair what has broken.

We fall away from God because we fail to choose life with Him daily. He calls us back to Him, trying to draw us closer. He narrows our path with situation and circumstance – often in the form of a trial, or tribulation that requires His help to survive. 

Marriages fail because one or both lose the desire to choose life. Relationships fail because life loses its value to one or both. Unforgiveness, wounds that go unhealed, and division that goes unresolved are just some of the elements that make up the reasons for failure. But failure does not have to end in the death of the relationship.

God tells the Israelite people that if they choose life, He will cause them to prosper in all things. He tells us the same.

Choose Him. Choose life. 

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