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Choices

Our life is the result of the choices we make.

Choices

Each day we make choice after choice.  We create the life we experience today – and tomorrow.  We shape the reality we walk in today – and tomorrow.  We set in motion the consequences we reap today – and tomorrow.  We plant the hope or hurt we feel today – and tomorrow.  We decide who we are – and who we will be.  We determine who we can be – at our best or worst.

 

We declare whose we are – whether we fully belong to God or not.  Because God doesn’t want only 20%, 50%, 75%, or even 99% of our heart.  He wants ALL of us.  He wants every hope, every wish, every dream, every desire.  He wants all of our emotions, our thoughts, our motivations, our attitudes.

 

He especially wants all of your choices.

He wants the right to say “no” when you are not on His course.

He wants the authority to ask you to walk away from what you think you want.

 

He wants you to follow Him toward His best plans and purposes.  No matter how much you want to do things your way.  To stay home.  To go out.  To jump into bed.  To avenge yourself.  To speak up.  To keep quiet.  To judge.  To punish.  To hate.

 

He wants to be part of every choice.  He wants to shape your today for good, which will shape your tomorrow for great.  Without regret interfering.  Without self-condemnation interceding.  Without selfishness impeding.  Without self-righteousness intimidating.

 

But with all our choices, how often do we choose what He wants?

How often do we decide with His best in mind?

How often do we shape our reality with His guidelines as our boundaries?

 

We are human, and if we are honest, we probably rarely do.  Because we want to feel happy all the time.  We want to be satisfied now.  We think we know better.

 

When we really know nothing.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).  We cannot see history from its beginning.  We cannot see the stars from end to end of the heavens.  We cannot look back on all that has been or see ahead to all that will be.  We cannot even see something simple like tomorrow.

 

Yet we make choices like we have all the answers, divine vision, and eternal perspective.  Again, because we think we know better.  But how can we know (ourselves) better than the One who created us?  The One who “formed my inward parts” (Psalm 139:13a).  The One who “wove me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13b) to “fearfully and wonderfully” make us (Psalm 139:14a) as an expression of His love.  The One who cherishes us as “His poetry/artwork” (Ephesians 2:10) to display His love.

 

But here is what we should always remember: He, and only He, knows best.  So all our choices should be filtered through Him.  Let your choices – ALL your choices – reflect your love and respect for Him.  “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me” (Isaiah 55:2-3a).

 

Because when they don’t, we end up with a mess instead of His miracles.

HIS BEST

OUR MESS

Self control – saying “no” to your body now for God’s best later Sex – getting physically and emotionally connected (bonded) to someone without God’s boundary of marriage.  Which can lead to sex slavery, STD’s, and single parenthood.  It also makes it difficult to end a relationship not sanctified by God.
Saving Grace – allowing His grace to guide us away from sin Saving face – justifying our mistakes instead of owning our sins
Accepted through God’s Love – knowing you are always loved by God Appearance and Popularity – feeling loved only when accepted by people
Repentance – acknowledging and being sorry about your sin Blame – making our problems someone else’s fault instead of taking responsibility for our reactions and choices
Relationship / Devotion – spending time with God and getting to know Him because you want to Rules – living by “have to” and “must” mindsets to earn God’s love.  Diverts us from knowing His love as it really is because we are always focused on doing our standard of “good” (enough)
Resting in Him – allowing yourself to find peace in His love Running – chasing the latest fad, fashion, and trend to create love and acceptance in your life
Endurance / Patience – considering your choices and allowing yourself to go without now for something better later Now – going after and seeking the quick fix and instant gratification so you can have now what you think is good.  But now never fully satisfies, and you always need more to feel fulfilled and happy
Revelation and Growth – hearing His truth.  Applying it to your life and letting it inform your choices Stuck – we choose to tune out God’s whisper of truth and ignore His heart prompt of right.  So we get stuck in what think is good and misdirected by what we want to be right.
Faith as Your Foundation – living with (full) confidence in God Feelings – living with your ever-changing emotions as your guide.  Living by what you want, what you think, and what you feel.
Being Firmly Planted – choosing what is right, no matter what it costs us Double minded – choosing Him only when it is convenient for us
Sacrifice / Serving – stepping out of your comfort zone and possibly being uncomfortable to help someone else Selfishness – choosing yourself and your wants over His best and His boundaries.  Allowing yourself to be bewitched away from Him by choosing you first instead of Him.

 

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

 

See what God does?  He always gives us the choice.  He always allows us to choose Him.  He never forces us in any way, shape, or form.

 

So today you can choose Him.

For the first time.

For the first time in a long time.

For a new start.

For a continued fellowship.

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Whatever you choose, make your choice a good one.  Consider His best and see where He will take you.

 

Marie Fremin.  3/12/17

Marked

Leviticus 27:14 – “‘If anyone dedicates their house as something holy to the LORD, the priest will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, so it will remain.”

 

This verse popped up to me last week in researching the word whatever. And I thought “how cool”. Because 1 Corinthians 6:19 says WE are the house of God, that He lives in us and is with us in our day-to-day doings. And with the Cross He places immeasurable value on us, declaring us worthy and holy and redeemed! Nothing we do will change His opinion of us or sway His love for us. He is always for us, always loves us, and always wants His best for us.

 

He demonstrates this by how He talks about us in His Word.

 

He keeps us continually in His sight, so He is intimately connected to us.

  • Psalm 17:8 – Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings
  • Isaiah 49:16 – See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls [O Zion] are continually before Me.

 

We were on His mind at creation.

  • Ephesians 1:4-6just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

We have been lovingly formed and purposely created by a loving Father who designed us to be a unique reflection of His grace and beauty.

  • Psalm 139:1-4 – O Lord, You have searched me and known You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
  • Psalm 139:13 – For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.

 

We are known inside and out, down to our most intricate and intimate detail.

  • Matthew 10:30, Luke 12:7 – But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

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We are His poem of love speaking out into a broken and dark world.

  • Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

 

He has good plans and grace-filled purposes designed especially for us.

  • Jeremiah 29:11-1311 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

 

We are covered by His love, which is an impenetrable fortress that cannot be destroyed.

  • Romans 8:35-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

What does this mean?

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You are loved.

You are cherished.

You are purpose-filled and grace-full.

You are known.

You are always welcome.

You are forgiven.

You are marked.

 

You are marked by the Creator who thought about you during creation.  You are marked by the Father who gave His only Son so He can call you His own.  You are marked by Jehovah, God of any and all needs you have.

 

You are loved.  You are marked.  If you haven’t done so already, run to God.  He is waiting for you with open and accepting arms.

 

Marie Fremin.  2/16 and 4/6/16.