Choices - Stop and Think
Life abounds in choices.
We make them everyday. Choices made for righteousness brings peace with God and the blessing of the Lord. That is not to say one will not have some difficult times but it will not be because the Lord is not on their side.
Pr 16:17-22 "The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be ...lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools."
It takes a certain humility to choose righteously. More often than not a person's flesh demands "my way" and to go against one's own desire requires choices to be made against ones fallen nature but the result is well worth the sacrifice.
Paul tells us in Romans 12:1 that the offering of our bodies (with our fleshly desires) is pleasing to God and the equivalent of worship.
Choices - Stop and Think
A few moments of reasonable pondering allows one to see the benefit of righteous choices: Improved health, good character and reputation, the confidence of others, and protection from injury are just a few of the benefits.
God has our best interest at heart. He does not give commands that restrict us from that which is good for us. Rather his commands protect us from harm physically, mentally, financially and spiritually. A person of wise decision even improves their way socially and in the business realm.
Satan loves to hide behind our flesh with his carnal suggestions. We think it is "our desire" but much of the time that desire is motivated by the enemy of our soul. He has no qualms about deceiving us also he will do anything necessary to trip us up
We have an enemy!
It is wise for us to remember that we have an enemy. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
Paul continues, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything to stand, Stand firm..." (Vss 13-14a)
We do not need to stand firm in our own strength. 1 Peter 1:5 tells us that we are "shielded by God's power through faith..." That is the same information that Paul gives us in Ephesians 6:16 when he says, "Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."
It is our hearts desire that you will be blessed and moved toward spiritual growth in a worldbent on tearing down every ounce of faith possible. As our site develops,I trust that you will find encouragement and spiritual blessing. If it causes you to think about and grow in your relationship with Jesus then our efforts will not havebeen in vain.
Note: Willetta is now living with Jesus