Choose Life Each Day
In Deuteronomy 30:19 Moses, God’s Prophet, gave the Israelites a choice. Moses said, “This day I call the heavens as witnesses against you, that I have set before you, life and death, blessings and curses. Now Choose Life, so that you and your children may live.” God had made a covenant with the Israelites and He forewarned them that if they were obedient to His laws, they would be blessed. However, if they chose to be disobedient, they would be cursed. Today God is calling all peoples on the earth to Choose Life.
God desires for us to Choose Life each day and in every situation that we encounter in our lives. No one can take away our power to choose. When we choose life, we are also making a decision that affects our children, grandchildren, and the generations of our descendants. If you have been born again, you have made the decision to Choose Life for yourself and your descendants. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Just one family member receiving Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior, can change the generations that follow. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved, you and your household,” (NIV).
How can we Choose Life each day? We can Choose Life by:
- Casting down all vain imaginations and thoughts that are contrary to God’s Word and taking them captive to make them obedient to Christ. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” (NIV). We can ask God to create in us a pure heart and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within us, as King David did.
- Speaking life and not death. The Bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue. Each time we choose to speak truth, to not gossip, to not curse or respond in anger, we Choose Life. Even if we miss the mark, God sees our hearts as we repent and ask Him for help.
- Resisting temptation and being obedient. James 1:13-15 says, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death,” (NIV). But even if we miss the mark, we can still Choose Life by acknowledging our sins and asking God for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we (freely) admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins (dismiss our lawlessness) and (continuously) cleanse us from all unrighteousness (everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action), (AMPC).
- Reading, meditating on, and teaching God’s Word to our children and grandchildren. Jesus said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, Matthew 4:4, (NIV). Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall NOT depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success,” (AMPC). In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Moses encouraged the Israelites to teach their children God’s Word. His Words still apply to us today. He said, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be (written) on your hearts and minds. You shall teach them diligently to your children (impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths) and shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up,” (AMP). Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it,” (ESV).
- By Praying and Communing with God. Matthew 6:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened,” (NIV). 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Peter 4:7 says, “The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray, (NIV).
- By not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together. Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages us to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching, (NIV).
Let us Choose Life each day in our thoughts and in our actions, as faith without works is dead. Be a voice for the gospel. Wear Scriptures!
- Dionne Cameron