We make choices every second of the day. What to read, what to look at on Tv or social media, what to say, how to raise our children, and how to spend the money allotted to us by God. We make judgements based on information received, and we speak from either a good heart or an evil heart.
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45 NLT)
As I thought about choices, I couldn’t get George Floyd out of my mind. I have to wonder if on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd woke up, if he had made the choice to not use drugs that would be harmful to his heart, and to not try to pass a possible counterfeit bill at a convenience store, would he be alive today? I truly believe that making other choices, out of a heart controlled by God, would allow George Floyd to be alive today and would not have affected our country in such a negative way. How many millions of people did just two choices impact?
Do our choices affect so many?
Probably not, but still… there is certainly an effect of some kind on the ones around us.
If we choose to be wasteful with our money, we can’t help the poor, and our family suffers.
If we watch or read the wrong things, we change our hearts so what comes out of them are not pure.
If we introduce our children to the wrong books, media messages, and lies, we change their hearts.
Today, I hope we can think about our choices in the light of scripture.
What choice does God want us to make concerning Him? “…You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37 NLT) “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NLT)”But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His Word has no place in our hearts.” (1 John 1:8-10 NLT)
What choice does scripture give us about what to look at? “I made a covenant with mine eyes…” (Job 31:1a KJV)
What choice does scripture give about what to think? “…Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 KJV)
What choice does scripture give us on how to treat each other? “…Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39b NLT)
“…America was formed upon a Judea-Christian foundation, using Biblical principles, morals, judicial, and social values established in the Torah, Psalms, and the four Gospels, our natural and spiritual blessings along with our possible selective and national judgments from God can be discovered by researching God’s response to His chosen people Israel. We can see that blessings incurred through their obedience to His divine law or disfavor and judgment when they resisted righteousness and refused to follow God’s commandments, statutes, and judgments.” (see Perry Stone’s book The Final Ciphers and the Return of Christ p. 63)
Now, with the New Administration taking over the governing of America, we are going to have to make some really deep choices to stay right before God. We have no choice in this matter. We know in our hearts, we have to stay true to God. So, study up, spend time on Bible studies that give you deep spiritual insights. Surround yourself with people that speak truth about God and His Words.
Stand strong, and make sure your choices count for God’s Kingdom.