Family Connection September 25, 2017


God’s people were called to choice in Deuteronomy 30:19-20 when Moses said, “19 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 20 and that you may (1) love the LORD your God, (2) listen to his voice, and (3) hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life…”

Every other choice, every other commitment flows from this one primary and fundamental choice to choose the life God offers. Will we choose life, real life, spiritual life, eternal life, by choosing to love the Lord, to listen to His voice, and to hold fast to Him OR will we choose the random road, the road based on the opinion of culture, the path based on our feelings and desires?

There are many choices we could discuss, but I would like to give you four decisions to consider that flow out of a decision to commit to a life with God. Consider these four tracks to run on, four ways of processing or dealing with daily life.

Choose discipleship rather than disobedience.
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is daily choice to obey God. In I Corinthians 15:31, the Apostle Paul said, “I die daily.”

Blessing follows obedience. The Israelites, the Jewish people, were in a Covenant Relationship with God. He had chosen them, and they had chosen Him. When they obeyed Him, they experienced favor, blessing, fruitfulness, victory and they had a sense of purpose and destiny. When they disobeyed Him, the wheels fell off of everything.

Obedience demonstrates our love for God.

1 John 5:3 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

Obedience sets us free.

John 8:31-32 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

God wants us to obey Him because it is the way to be free of everything that sets us back and holds us down. God doesn’t want you living in shame. He doesn’t want you chained to addiction. He doesn’t want you burdened with regret. He wants you free. It isn’t so much about what God wants from you as much as it is what God wants for you, and the way for you to get what God has for you is to obey Him every day.

Choose to pray rather than panic. “Cast all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7
Philippians 4 tells us to pray about everything. If we pray about everything we will never have to panic about anything.

Choose to respond rather than react.
People who choose to respond rather than react aren’t led by their feelings, but by the Spirit of God. Deciding to respond means making some decisions ahead of the times when we feel threatened or attacked or when we feel ourselves becoming defensive. It means we work on allowing the Holy Spirit to grow the Fruit of God’s Spirit in our lives. (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control-Galatians 5) It means we allow God permission to refine our character so that we have control of the things we will think, and say, and do.

James 1:19-My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. These responses are responses we need to cultivate and pray about ahead of time so that we are prepared to respond with wisdom rather than to react with unnecessary or uncontrolled emotion.

Choose to forgive rather than fume.
I love this verse from Colossians 3:13 as it is expressed in the New Living Translation. It says, “You must make allowance for each other’s fault and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” For believers, forgiveness is a command. We must do it if we are going to nurture that love relationship with God, hear His voice, and hold onto Him tighter. Remember what I said at the beginning of the message about how if you choose the life God offers, lots of other choices become clear? This choice is clear for believers because to not forgive is to disobey God.

God has made some pretty deliberate choices about us. He invites us to choose Him back, and then as we do, He asks us to submit to Him, His will, His ways, in the rest of our decision-making. God has given you the power to choose. Choose life in Him. Choose discipleship rather than disobedience. Choose prayer over panic. Choose to respond rather than react. Chose to forgive rather than fume.

Have a question?

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Lead Pastor
Pastor Melissa Pratt
Connections Pastor
Pastor Thom Pratt
Worship & Arts Pastor
Pastor Mandy Bohm
Youth Pastor
Pastor Jed Worline
Children’s Pastor
Pastor Megan Cloninger
Support Ministries Pastor
Pastor Brenda Kraft
Financial Secretary
Ralph Jones