Sunday, April 06, 2014

April 6, 2014 … I Choose Life!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 96

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go to this video link to see/hear a video of Phillips, Craig, and Death singing their song, I Choose To Believe, declaring our faith in Christ, trusting in His ways, even when we find ourselves having to make life/death decisions, finding it hard to see life in the face of deadly circumstances.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Deuteronomy 30: 19 [NKJV] …  
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; …
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Deuteronomy 30: 11-20 [NKJV] … Go to this link
Highlight Passage #2 [Context] – NKJV: Deuteronomy 32: 44-47 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passage #1: Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] …  
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Reference Passage #2: Romans 12: 1-2 [NKJV] …  
1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

My Journal for Today: When Moses was the chosen prophet and leader of God’s people, God tried His best to get the simple choice before His chosen ones, which is the choice represented in this morning’s Our Daily Bread. The choice was life versus death … blessings versus curses [see the highlight passages from Deuteronomy linked above]. However, because of corrupted hearts (see Jeremiah 17: 9) and a fallen nature, God’s people, even with the stark life or death choice before them, so often chose to follow the selfish pattern of deathly defiance.

And here we are today, even with the ultimate life or death decision to make – i.e., YES or NO to Jesus – mankind still finds it hard to make the right choice. I’m not going to dwell on this with a long diatribe of verbosity, trying to get you to make the right choice. I pray that any who’re reading here have made that ultimate right choice for life and for a relationship with Christ, Who chose life over death when He set aside His glory – by choice – to become a man and to live/die and to be raised again that we might choose to have eternal life with Him.
Today I choose LIFE!!!

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I know that today I will be presented with many life/death … blessing/cursing decisions. Help me to make life choices, Lord! … Amen

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