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Choices! Choices! Choices! I want to make God-honoring choices!

ChoicesChoices! There are good choices – and there are bad choices. Good choices for a Christian are the ones that honor God, are made after seeking His will, and are made with godly values and the clear teaching of God’s word taken into account. They are not always easy choices, but for the Christian they must be God-glorifying choices.

I know the stories of some who have made the right choices… and sadly, I also know of some who have made the wrong choices…

Some of them have involved…
-Marriage choices
-Vocational choices
-Business decisions
-Investment choices
-Where to live
-Church choices (or faith choices)

I could tell you the stories… Sometimes friends and family argued for financial factors to reign supreme over Godly values… Sometimes expedience (what seemed easiest or simply a “no-brainer) tugged against doing God’s will… Often making money was pitted against a clear sense of God’s calling… Pressure to make a hasty decision for others tried to trump the time needed for prayer and godly counsel…

I have my own story… In high school and the early years of college I had the privilege of writing for a wonderful newspaper near my home town. I finished Bible college, training for the ministry to which God had called me. Then I accepted the pastorate of a little, struggling church in a rural community. Times were tough and the church faced big challenges. One difficult day I received a letter from the publisher of the paper that I had worked for… He indicated that he planned to purchase my home town newspaper… He offered the job of editor-in-chief to me! I sought God’s will; thought about my calling; “looked God in the eye” and decided to decline the offer… To this day I’m glad I did!

Speaking of godly choices – right choices: Here’s what I read this morning about Moses during my Bible reading…

“By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking forward to the reward (God’s reward!). (Hebrews 11:24-26)

I’m glad he made the right choice! And here’s the advice of a very wise man: “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, do not lean on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) In the choices I have to make in life I plan to do just that!

Hey, “This world is not my home! I’m only passing through…”

This world is not my homeJust gotta say… Sometimes old gospel songs just have a way of capturing Biblical truth! It happened this morning during my Bible reading in my time of “coffee with the Lord!”

The Bible records a wonderful promise and covenant God made with the “Father of faith” – Abram who later was named Abraham…

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” (Genesis 12:1–3)

And then in Genesis 15 you find God’s covenant and promise confirmed with these words: “The Lord brought Abram outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then He said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be!’ And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness. And He said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess… On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites the Gergashites and the Jebusites.’” (vss. 5-6, 18-20)

There it is… The promise that Abraham would become a great nation of people and what we refer to as “the Holy Land.” And yet, when Abraham died he had only one son, Isaac, and the only land he owned was a burial plot for his wife! What’s the deal? Is God true to His promises – does He fulfill them?

And then this morning I read these words in Hebrews 11…

“These all died in faith, NOT having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth! People who speak thus make it clear they are seeking a homeland… they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city!” (vss. 13-16)

Oh, and the gospel song that says it all?

“This world is not my home I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore!
Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do?
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore!”

You hear me… God keeps His promises! Sometimes, though, they reach beyond the here and now, and are fulfilled in the eternal future! Keep believing!!!

Most people have things they’ve got safely locked away deep within… God’s got the key – He knows the combination.

Personal vault safe 2Personal security devices are a big deal… sometimes we call them safes, lock-boxes, or vaults. They’re secured by a key, or better yet a secret combination (or both). People put a variety of valuables in them – things they do not want the general public to have access to – personal and private things.

My experience has been that people have the same kind of thing deep within themselves – places locked away within their personality where they put thoughts, memories, experiences, and actions that they do not want exposed. Only they have the key or combination to those vaults. They may not have allowed anyone – even their spouse or closest friend – access to what is in that private space. They may think that even God doesn’t know what is there. The level of security to that inner vault is very high… it probably is protected by personal security at multiple levels. It is information so sensitive that sometimes it is suppressed and can only be brought to light with certain triggering events or experiences.

Probably you have some items like that in such a personal vault! I know I do. Personal painful things you’ve kept private and have shared with no one else. You may have a friend or family member you’ve tried to help experience God’s help and forgiveness and every time you try to help them, you just hit a wall. By their actions and words they communicate, “Don’t ask any more questions, don’t push me any further, this conversation about things in my life is over!” You’re frustrated… you don’t know what to do… how can you help them?

Listen, God’s got a key to those secret places – He knows the combination to our hearts with its hidden things! He knows it all… He knows what is buried deep within and He has access to it – ours… our children’s… the members of our family… our friends! Here’s what I read today in the Bible during my time of “coffee with the Lord” in Proverbs 20:27 (two different versions)…

“The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts.” (English Standard Version)

“The LORD’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.” (New Living Translation)

So don’t despair! God knows your heart and He knows mine – He knows what is hidden deep within the hearts of your children, your family members and the friends you care deeply about! The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked! Who can understand it? ‘I, the Lord, search the heart!” Jeremiah 17:9-10) And in another place we assured, “He knows the secrets of the heart!” (Psalm 44:21) He got through to you and He can get through to them! He’s got the key – He knows their combination. Pray! Ask Him to do it – He will!

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