Choice

#choice
“for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NLT‬

Because the false teachers believed that the physical world was evil, they thought that God himself could not have created it. If Christ were God, they reasoned, he would be in charge only of the spiritual world. But Paul explained that all the thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities of both the spiritual and physical worlds were createdby and are under the authority of Christ himself. This includes not only the government but also the spiritual world that the heretics were so concerned about. Christ has no equal and no rival. He is the Lord of all. (Tyndal Study Bible)
My first thought is accountability. We are all accountable in some way or form. Even as a street person you are accountable to yourself to find food and shelter.
I was watching the movie “Everest” last evening. When you are in such extreme conditions, and you try to look out for somebody else it can cost you your life. It is a true story, and people lost their life on the mountain worrying about others. There is a moral question right here at what stage do you leave others to save yourself. The question is why God would create that situation?
It gets to that question of right choices again.
The important thing to realize is that everything on this earth is by God’s hand. On the mountain, the most qualified person, was facedwith these moral questions. He was equippedto make that decision, yet he looked after a fellow climber and eventually cost him his life.
That is exactly why some people would think no but God would not do that. He is not in charge of that. God is in charge of everything in this world. We can’t accept the way He does things from time to time. I wonder how many climbers benefited fromthe lesson of the mistake those climbers made in 1995. 
Everything on this earth is By God; we don’t understand it sometimes. All will be revealedin His time. Lean not on your own understanding. 
“Lord, I pray for understanding. My faith is in You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Turn

#turn
“Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:34-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬
The Romans, Mark’s original audience, knew what was taking up the cross meant. Death on a cross was an executionused by Rome for dangerous criminals. A prisoner carried his own cross to the place of execution, signifying submission to Rome’s power.
Jesus used the image of carrying a cross to illustrate the ultimate submission required of his followers. He is not against pleasure, nor was he saying that we should seek pain needlessly. Jesus was talking about the heroic effort needed to follow him moment by moment, to do his will even when the work is difficult and the future looks bleak.
We should be willing to lose our lives for the sake of the Good News, not because our lives are useless but because nothing—not even life itself—can compare to what we gain with Christ. Jesus wants us to choose to follow him rather than to lead a life of sin and self-satisfaction. He wants us to stop trying to control our own destiny and to let him direct us. This makes good sense because, as the Creator, Christ knows better than we do what real life is about. He asks for submission, not self-hatred; he asks us only to lose our self-centered determination to be in charge. (Tyndal Study Bible)
To lose our self- centered determination to be in control? What can we control? I think of the current Rand Dollar exchange rate. I ask you who can control that? I have been in business for many years and yet to see if a single person can make a difference.
That determination to be in control causes us to become self-centered. “Our self-centered determination to be in charge.” We can all relate to this. This determination also produces wrong choices in life. How manytimes have we made a bad decision because we want to improve our status? I have done that countless times.
I was present at a teaching by Dr. Rodney Howard Browne. His motto and words he lives by are Holy, Humble and Pure. It has been my inspiration since that day. Will submission be an issue if you live by these words? 
These weaknesses  – self-centered, self-satisfaction, controlling, defiance and hatred to name but a few. Mark refers to the cross because all these weaknesses are a burden to the individual, just like the cross. To give these up is also a burden. It’s not easy. Giving all these up will feel like dying. Yep, it will feel like losing control. 
Read the scripture carefully. Open the door, give up your old life, take up your Cross and follow God. Taking up the cross is an illustration of total submission. Total submission are we all there? 
Maybe these words will help, Holy, Humble, and Pure.
“Lord I submit to You. Give me a determination for total submission. In Jesus’ name. Amen,”

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With all your heart

#withallyourheart
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
According to God’s wise plan, his people were to have hope and a future; consequently, they could call upon him in confidence. Although the exiles were in a difficult place and time, they did not need to despair because they had God’s presence, the privilege of prayer, and God’s grace. God can be sought and found when we seek him wholeheartedly. Neither strange lands, sorrows, frustration, nor physical problems can break our communion with God.
Through Jeremiah, the Lord reminded the exiled people that if they would look for him wholeheartedly, they would find him. The Exile taught the Israelites to reject false gods and give their wholehearted devotion to the Lord (Deut 6:4-6). It also gave them a new commitment to the revealed word of God.(Tyndal Study Bible)
As we grow as Christians more and more is revealed to us. Have you ever been in the company of a person and you are amazed at their Biblical knowledge. He/she never gathered that overnight it took years. Think of our Pastors in Church they don’t know all that stuff overnight. They study and practice for years.
The closer you move to God, knowledge is acquired, revelation takes place. It becomes harder to fulfil His wish. God has a way to test our obedience. It’s just like he left the Israelites in exile for 40 years. A trip that should take days turned a nightmare of 40 years. Then they were given the promised land, a land of milk and honey. It’s because eventually they sought Him wholeheartedly. 
God’s wish was that His people, the Israelites, would seek Him wholeheartedly. Today His chosen people are all of us, the whole world, not only the Israelites. So if we seek God sincerely, the land of milk and honey is available to all off us.
So yes we will suffer trials and tribulations, but if we seek God, wholeheartedly we will overcome these tests quickly. So my question is what is keeping us from total devotion to God? Don’t think that you are exempt from these tests. Our obedience goes through daily tests. Seek the answer’s daily in the Bible. 
I would just like to emphasise that we all are God’s chosen people.
” Lord I pray to seek You wholeheartedly. Give me strength and wisdom to overcome my tests. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Are you

#areyou
“For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬
This passage of Scripture speaks directly to me. The rest of Proverbs 5 is a warning against promiscuous women and warning not to be lead astray. It warns of the consequence of your actions. The commentary below talks about marriage the promise or covenant between husband and wife. Which is second to the covenant between you and God.
In contrast to much of what we read, see, and hear today, this passage urges couples to look to each other for lifelong satisfaction and companionship. Many temptations entice husbands and wives to leave when marriage becomes dull in order to find excitement and pleasures elsewhere. But God designed marriage and sanctified it, and only within this covenant relationship can we find real love and fulfillment. Don’t let God’s best for you be wasted on the illusion of greener pastures somewhere else. Instead, rejoice with your spouse as you give yourselves to God and to each other. (Tyndal Study Bible.)
Even if a man keeps an illicit relationship secret from his family and society, nothing is hidden from the Lord. Adultery is a sin against God (Gen 39:8-9).
Unfaithful and cheating, that’s what adultery is, no matter what you do in life you can’t behave in this manner. Genesis 39 is the story of Joseph being enticed by the King’s wife and eventually being locked up for doing nothing. Then how God looks after Joseph in jail. Take note of the scripture below.
‘The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.” Genesis 39:23
My question to myself is in what areas of my life am I still cheating and being unfaithful? At work, time with my family or time with my God? Can you ask yourself that question as well?
God knows our heart we can’t cheat Him. 
“Lord I know You know my heart. Give me the wisdom and awareness to make the right choices. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Who will

#whowill
‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.’ Luke 16:10 NIV (2011 Edition)
I received this from a dear Friend and thought I must share it.
Jesus said: ‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?’ (vv. 10-12 NIV 2011 Edition). 
God won’t promote you beyond your current level of competence and commitment. Indeed, He’ll keep bringing you back to these two things until you get them right. As you walk with Him, He’ll increase your faith by testing you in settings that require only a little faith. And if you pass, He’ll expose you to circumstances that require more faith. Each time you prove your willingness to trust Him at a higher level, He will reveal a little more of Himself and entrust to you a greater measure of blessing. That’s how it works. Every small step of faith leads to a deeper, richer and more rewarding relationship with Him. 
When Michelangelo was painting the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, he spent endless hours lying on the scaffolding perfecting the details. It was a miserable job. A student, curious about why the renowned sculptor took such pains with details that could only be seen from a distance, asked, ‘Who will know whether or not it’s perfect?’. The master artist replied, ‘I will!’. And so will your Master – Jesus! What you’re doing today matters. It’s the determining factor in what God will call you to do tomorrow. So be trustworthy in little things. (UCB word for today.) 
Remember God won’t promote you beyond you current competence, so it’s important to keep learning
“Lord I pray for strength so that You can trust me. I am patient You show the way. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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God will always

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬
We can trust that God will always meet our needs. Whatever we need on earth he will always supply, even if it is the courage to face death as Paul did. Whatever we need in heaven he will supply. We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain. We may not get all that we want. By trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for him. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Wants and needs? Yes, there is a big difference. We have seen how easy it is for us to forget and disobey. 
I must just add here. You can only disobey if you know about it. As a believer, they do not expect you to know the whole Bible instantly. It will be revealed to you in time. That is why it’s important to study the Bible. 
Let me tell you what my test is? God is watching what I am doing with my blessings. He is testing my obedience on a daily basis. Not only with finances, with other things as well. One thing comes to mind, Prayer. How often do you neglect that? I have been guilty in the past. It’s obedience in everything that counts. 
Take note what Paul is telling the Philippians. The God that took care of him will take care of them. The riches of heaven are promised us through the blood of Jesus. 
Again I will say God will provide or needs. All we need is faith. Please remember that you can’t just sit and wait for those rewards, you have to seek them. 
Lord I thank you for my blessing. All the Glory to You. Amen.”

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Give

#give
“But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
When Jesus says not to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, he is teaching that our motives for giving to God and to others must be pure. It is easy to give with mixed motives, to do something for someone if it will benefit us in return. But believers should avoid all scheming and give for the pleasure of giving and as a response to God’s love. Why do you give? 
It’s easier to do what’s right when we gain recognition and praise. To be sure, our motives are not selfish, we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, with no thought of reward. Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas: generosity (6:4), prayer (6:6), and fasting (6:18). Those acts should not be self-centered but God-centered, done not to make us look good but to make God look good. The reward God promises is not material, and it is never given to those who seek it. Doing something only for ourselves is not a loving sacrifice. With your next good deed, ask, would I still do this if no one would ever know I did it? (Tyndal Study Bible)
“It’s easier to do what’s right when we gain recognition and praise.“Seek rather praise from God than man.
Wow, how powerful is God’s word? First, “Plans for good, Love others then Give unconditionally.” All three scripture promise a reward. Dosomething, to achieve that reward. It so hard to comment when it’s so apply put in the above commentary.
I will say this; I was on the beach a while ago, with my family scouting for Pansy shells. They are very rare, and you seldom find them. They are beautiful. We were blessed to find three.

I realized that the ocean only offers a few of these a day. Otherwise, it would be easy to find. Now here is the thing. If we weren’t out there scouting or looking for them, we would not have found any. Two things come to mind. We were sitting around doing nothing then went out there to scout. The second a friend explained which is the best areas to search for them. So first we had to seize the opportunity to look and then empower ourselves with knowledge where. 

So here is the thing, Plans for good, Love others and give unconditionally. Seek every chance to do this and further, take every opportunity to empower yourself with knowledge. 
Don’t let those opportunities slip.
“Lord I thank you for the opportunity, all the Glory to you. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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