Rhapsody Of Realities THE GIFT OF CHOICE Wednesday, May 8th 2019 Pastor Chris …I have set before you life and death,blessing and cursing: therefore chooselife, that both thou and thy seed may live(Deuteronomy 30:19). Our heavenly Father is so gracious and kind;ever loving. All He does and seeks to do isbless you. He knows every detail aboutyour life. He knows your address. He knows where youare, and what you go through, and His plan is to see toit that you’re triumphant always, no matter what thetrouble is. Even when you make mistakes, He makes everyeffort to correct you and help you. He’s morepassionate for your well-being—your success, prosperityand joy—than you could ever be. Sadly, He doesn’talways succeed at ensuring that His children live as Heplanned for them to live. You might ask, “How’s thatpossible?” The reason is that He doesn’t run men’s lives;that’s why He makes the effort. Otherwise, He wouldhave just “pushed the buttons” and everything Hewants for your life would just become. He’s AlmightyGod! He’s got the power; but He doesn’t function thatway. He gave man a gift, the gift of personal will; thegift of choice. You can choose to love God; you can choosenot to love Him. You can choose to serve Him; youcan choose to serve yourself. The choice is yours. Andbecause He gave it to you as a gift, He doesn’t usurp itor take it away from you. Romans 11:29 says, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” How He functionsis seen in our opening verse: He gives you all theinformation you require to make the best choices. Hetells you the best choice to make, but never forces youto make it. However, it’s the reason judgement is anecessity. Without a right to choose, judgementwouldn’t be necessary. But because He gave man thepower of choice, man would have to be judged for thechoices He made. One day, God would have to showwhat was right and what was wrong; He’d show everyman whether or not they made the right choices anddecisions. You’re accountable to God. This is why it’s important that you live your life inChrist every day, because if you live your life in Christwith the consciousness of His salvation, living in theSpirit through the Word, you’ll not be judged. The onlyjudgment you’ll face would be for your reward. And inthat judgement, the Bible says every one of us will bepraised; no one will be condemned if they live in Christ.So, keep your focus on Him and use your gift of choicein His love. PRAYER Blessed be God who has deposited in me the powerto make wise, right, and perfect decisions in line withHis divine destiny for my life!The Word is my all-timeguide, and Christ has been made unto me wisdom;therefore, I make only godly and Spirit-guideddecisions, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. FURTHER STUDY: Isaiah 30:21; And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Joshua 24:15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord , choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord . 1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 4:1-26 & 1 Kings 1 2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 8:34-9:1 & Numbers 11 Good morning. God bless you.