Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 8, 2009, "Choose"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"This
day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live"...
~ Deuteronomy 30:19 ~

"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
~ Joshua 24:15 ~

Negative. Positive. Pessimist. Optimist. "The cup is half empty." "The cup is half full."

As I was thinking of these words and their antonyms it led me to a reminder of choosing something. We can either choose to see through the eyes of unbelief, fear and doubt and actually have a 'right' to do so; or we can see through the eyes of belief, faith and knowing realizing that our rights are not near as great as His promises.

When in the place of unbelief, fear and doubt it reveals my lack of trust. But my lack of trust in Who? My lack of trust and reliance on God. This is such a difficult one for me, especially in the realm of finances and health. When I 'feel' like I no longer have 'control' of my life, I panic. Realizing yet again, that I have failed myself with choosing to be 'self-reliant' instead of God reliant.

As I have been reminded so humbly today of what I get to choose...not using the excuse..."Well, God is in control." Yes, He is in control...however, He gave us 'free will' to choose life and not death. To choose to see through His eyes of His great Love and not our eyes that only see through the dark lens of 'conditions'.

I am reminded that He calls us to choose. He doesn't choose for us. This leads me to remember what I believe was from Him when I wrote in my journal this excerpt about six months ago, "Teresa, 'free will' was a gift to mankind. I did not intend the tool of 'free will' to reject Me, but to accept Me."

To be reminded of that today saddens my heart to know that I have used His gift of free will to reject the things of Him, due to my perception of my reality, versus through His perfect perception of faith in God through Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

Wouldn't it be great to become a 'rebel' for the cause of Jesus? I believe (my opinion) that He placed rebellion in our hearts; but never to rebel against Him. That rebellion was a tool to be used against sin.

Today, I choose Life. I choose Him. I desire to choose His ways; leading me to trust in Him with ALL of my heart being in awe of His Awesome Majesty. It is my choice. What will I choose today? What will I choose moment by moment? Will I choose, "Well, that's just me. I'm just a pessimist." If I choose to believe that lie, that will become my 'truth', which is still a lie. Or I can choose to say, "I may have been a pessimist, but today I choose to be an optimist because I know my God is greater than that which is coming against me."

1 comment:

  1. I think we all fall into that trap one time or another. Something doesn't go our way, so it must not have been God's will. But we aren't puppets. God gives us free will, and the opportunity to choose. So many times in the Bible, God says "If you..." If you, then I...and so we have to admit that God doesn't run the whole show, though He could if He wanted to! No, he wants us to choose, to pray, to believe. Cause we're in this together, God and us. He wants to work 'with' us, not in spite of us!

    Good word, my sweet sister in Christ!

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