CHOICES

II Cor. 4:8
…8 We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
Also: John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
To walk with God, to follow Christ, will have challenges along the way which will cause our faith to come to a new level and our strength to increase. But we must remember always that we are never forsaken, no matter how bleak or dark it may seem. The answer is to never Let go of His Hand, and to be able to wait on God to bring the answer to pass. It is this simple: "Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass." Ps. 37. Sometimes blind Trust is the only answer; simply being still and KNOWING He truly is God and He has it all in His Hands.

It is true that God literally allows situations and circumstance to come into play with His people. If you consider yourself a child of God somewhere along the line you are going to find circumstances that will not be easy for you to deal with. It is promised in the Word of God!  “You will have tribulation (trouble)” Following Christ is not always easy and is not always the desire of our human flesh; because Who Jesus Is will always move the flesh of man out of the way.

Jesus IS the WAY and the ONLY WAY. It is the TRUST factor that brings the answer to pass. Ps. 37:5 says “commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him and he shall bring it to pass……”

One must understand that there is a “following” of Christ that is mandated after the initial salvation experience. We are not left on our own to figure it all out ourselves. We have God’s Word to guide us.

This word, this understanding, sticks like glue to our hearts as we begin to unfold our Journey with God:


1 Corinthians 10:23-29Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].2Let no one seek [only] his own good, but [also] that of the other person.

We are called to follow Jesus, to believe and adhere to His Word and His principles.

There are some things that would possibly not be considered a “sin” for us to do; however these things would not be beneficial or advantageous to our spiritual life and relationship with God or other people.

Alcohol, for instance, is a good example.

God’s word says that temperance (self control) is a fruit of the Spirit of God. If we have no self control and drink alcohol to the point of getting drunk, passing out, receiving a DUI when driving or making a fool of ourselves at parties, where is the benefit of this? It is not edifying nor is it constructive.

If it is continued in the life of a believer, there is always the possibility of losing the self control spoken of in the word of God. There is the possibility of distorted thinking and physical harm to ourselves and others.

I have seen firsthand the fruit of drunk driving; I have seen families who, years later, still suffer the ravages of the loss of their child at the hands of a drunk driver. It is tragic and very sorrowful.

It only takes about .08 percent blood level alcohol to receive a DUI. That isn’t much….perhaps 4-5 beers.

Drinking 4-5 beers doesn’t mean you are going to hell or that you have destroyed yourself but it does mean that you are open to allowing yourself to drink and have opened your body to the possibility of harmful substances in the future and to the possibility of harming yourself and others.

We are told that our bodies are the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that we are not to join them to a “harlot”.

If we truly seek the good of other people around us, we would want to set a good example of conduct and not invite them into something that has the potential of corruption.

We cannot fix ourselves, people. Only God through the power of His Holy Spirit can “fix” us. He is our creator and He knows how to fix His own creation.

“Not by power, not by might, but BY MY SPIRIT says the Lord.”Zechariah 4:6

God’s word says that one day each person will stand before Christ and give an account of his actions while he was on this earth.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. “ II Cor. 5;10)

If we have harmed others or have brought a negative witness of Christ we will give an account on that day when we each appear before Him.

Humility of soul is the only way to walk before God through Jesus Christ. It is the only way to surrender to His will and not stubbornly hang on to our own way.

Either we walk with Christ and desire to conform to Him as He so desires us to, or we do not. We must all come to the place of surrender to His Will or we will forever be those who walk in iniquity, for Jesus said ,

 

Matthew 7:21-23King James Version (KJV)Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

The life of the believer is about laying down our own will and doing the will of the Father. It is so important that it will be taken into account one day before God and all others.

 

We have choices to make and we need to make right choices and right decisions, in alignment with true following of Christ.

 

The following word is the conclusion and the sum of the matter:

 

“Humble yourselves in the sight  of the Lord and He will lift you up.”

James 4:10

 

Sondra Stallman

Sounds of Heaven Ministries

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