February 15, 2023

I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him.
Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a

1. CHOOSE LIFE. Life is filled with choices. God, the creator, gave us free moral agency, cognitive skills, and the ability to discern, emote, and create. This scripture is showing what God posed through Moses to the Jewish people centuries ago, and it is a powerful, potent idea. God says hey, look, if you want to follow idols or go and drift off, you can do it because you are volitional and you are decisional. And you can choose death if you want. But God then gives us an open book test and prompts us toward the correct answer – choose life! He’s yearning for us to experience His richness. He desires no one to perish but all to come to eternal life (2 Peter 3:9).

I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me. Psalm 119:30

2. CHOOSE GOD’S WORD. What are you believing for? What issues are bearing down on you? God has answers to everything you and I will ever face. With every problem, there are promises in the Bible corresponding to it. The topics in the scriptures more than abundantly cover the array of experiences of our lives. And that’s why we run to His Word, cling to it, and place it before us constantly.

3. CHOOSE JESUS. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He brings depletion. Jesus said He came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). He is a replenishing being. He says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). When we get around Jesus, we can go the distance. We can stand our ground through thick and thin. We can see God’s purpose come to pass in our lives. Even where things don’t seem like they are tying together, we know that He is working it out for our good.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry

I go to Jesus when I am weary and heavy-laden, and He will give me rest. I take His yoke, which is easy, and learn from Him, and I find rest for my soul (Matthew 11:28-30). I know that God causes all things to work together for my good because I love Him and am called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). I run the way of God’s commandments, and He increases my spiritual capacity for the Word (Psalm 119:32).

a·bun·dant, adj.
Existing or occurring in large amounts: AMPLE. Marked by great plenty (as of resources). Amply supplied: ABOUNDING.

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