|Posted on June 18, 2019 at 11:40 AM|
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying Him, and committing yourself firmly to Him. This* (Or He) is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20
From the moment I wake I have a choice between life and death. Between the Word and the world. Between serving myself and serving others. Heaven and earth are my witnesses. Silently they stand and watch every move I make from the moment I open my eyes. They see as I see they hear as I hear. Even the very thoughts that run through my mind do not go unnoticed by the world. It doesn’t matter what I drink or the food I put in my mouth (Romans 14:17) what matters is what I choose to feed my mind for breakfast? Do I seek the Word for my daily bread? Do I quench my thirst with the Scriptures? Or do I look at my phone, check my messages, play a game do I allow my mind to feed on just anything, hear anything or I am purposely intent that the first thing I will see, the first thing these eyes will see, this mind will chew on is Him in His Word.
There was a time when the first words I heard my mind speak were my feelings. No praise was found. No gratitude was given. I would hear the alarm. I would moan about how tired I was before my day begun how little sleep I felt I got. I would complain about how my body ached. I would reach for my, phone check my messages, maybe play a game to take my mind off the mundane. Read the latest headlines on the internet ticker and when I didn’t get my fill of this world I would turn on the TV. Drown out the quiet. I would turn on the radio listen to a morning show. Make me laugh DJ I need to feel joy before drudging through my day. Show me something interesting on TV fill my mind with the latest news. These people have no clue I am watching them and I had no clue I was being watched by Him. I have a choice.
I can make this choice by loving Him choosing Him first. Being more concerned of His needs above my own. Obeying His Words by committing my life to Him. Being mindful that the only reason I was allowed to open my eyes to this day is because He isn’t finished with me yet. Seeking His will for my life, asking Him what He would have me do, where He would have me go. Taking responsibility for the time I have and the life I have been given knowing that today is one day less than the day before.
This is the key to my life. He is the key to my life. Not my phone, not the internet, not the radio. Choosing to start each day with Him is what is going to make this a great day or break this day. What if I was dead? What if in my sleep I was dead to the world around me I neither saw or heard it, the world was dead to me. Those sleeping hours between darkness and the light of a new day was how the world collapsed around me burying me in a dark tomb of sleep. If He decided to snatch my breath, stilled this beating heart I was powerless to stop it, it would all come to an abrupt end. Would I complain of the lost sleep I had, would I murmur about an aching body. Or would I do as I have done and wake seeking life in His Word would I wake from my slumber and search for Him. Would my mind go to verses in my heart.
I have studied His Word and continue to study it as though my life depended on it, because I know that it does. I don’t have to have a book in front of me to know He has spoken. I don’t need to read a Scripture in front of me to know it exist. His Words are planted in my heart. This hope I have of God will be on my lips and in my mouth.
I may not be able to quote the exact address of where each Scripture is found without searching for it first. When my brother Jesus was tempted in Matthew and Luke 4:4 he didn’t tell Satan “In Deuteronomy 8:3 it says” he simply said “The Scriptures say”. So though I am alone my mouth will say never will He leave or forsake me. Though at times I feel uncared for I will say God cares for me, He carries me in His arms each and every day in His arms. Though I lay in darkness I will say The LORD is my light and my salvation, I am not afraid for God is with me. Though I am in need I will say God supplies all my needs according to His riches and glory. I have everything I need to live a godly life. Though many come against me I will say that God is for me, greater is He in me than he that is in this world, He will fight my enemies, there are more on my side than there are on theirs, this is not my battle but the LORD’s.
“But this is the new covenant I will make with people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put My instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33
I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my word in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. Deuteronomy 18:18-19
Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative- that is, the Holy Spirit- he will teach you everything and remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:23-26