*SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 2020*
_It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_
*SIMPLY YOUR CHOICE*
*TEXT:* DEUTERONOMY 30:11-20.
_*ðKEY VERSE* "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live" (DEUT. 30:19)._
Some folks have a knack for indecision. But an American author, James Allen Hightower, once said, "There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos." Indecision is dangerous. But in many cases, a wrong decision is far more dangerous. And there are situations in which the "middle of the road" does not exist.
Such is the case that Moses presented before the Israelites in today's text. He had been used of God to guide them for many years. As he was winding up his ministry, he had to rehearse God's commandment before them, enumerating the blessings the Lord had promised them if they obeyed, Him.
Moses confronted them with an inevitable choice. "See, I have set before thee this day life and death, good and evil," he declared. He did not only state the only two options - good and evil - he indicated the consequences of each. Good, righteousness, obedience, faithfulness would lead to life whereas evil, ungodlines and disobedience would lead to death. Much as Moses further recommmended obedience so that they and their posterity would live happily, the choice was theirs to make.
With Christ's atoning death and resurrection, God's redemptive power is at work. But the choice to repent and be saved (Romans 10:8,9) or not is that of every individual. Your choice determines your destiny. Eternal life in heaven is the lot of those who choose salvation and godliness. But eternal damnation (in hell) awaits those who choose the way of unrighteousness in addition to their earthly troubles.
*âTHOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Nobody gets to heaven or hell by chance, but by choice.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* PROVERBS 9-11.
Secret of fulfilment and happiness in life and eternity
*1. The surprise*
a. It is not in popularity, pleasure, promotions, power, politics, prosperity, possessions and positions. Solomon pursued and possessed all these but ended calling them "vanity of vanities" and " vexation of spirit," Ecclesiastes 1:13,14,16,17;2:3,8,9,11.
*Reflect* people in the Bible times and contemporary people whose source of happiness are in those things, and not in doing the will of God, may temporarily be happy, but will eventually end up in eternal regrets, Psalm 73:1-12.
b. Good and great things of life outside God, the Source of all life and joy, end up in vanity and vexation of the spirit. Only a fool will want to experiment with poison that is already proved to have killed others.
*3. The secret*
a. The secret is so simple that many ignorantly don't think it is adequate: Digging deep to know the word of God, doing it and depending fully and totally in word by faith, vv11-14.
b. The word must be in the heart, lived and confessed out from the heart in order produce the needed miracle, vv11-14.
c. There are 5 implications of what must be done with the word of God for blessings to flow in vv16,20. Identify them one by one and turn them to prayer points.
*4. The sweetness*
"Oh how sweet to trust in Jesus and to take Him by His word"!
Check vv16,20 and study the sure blessings that follow learning and leaning on the word of God.
*5. The sourness*
You cannot reject or ignore the secret of life and not face the consequences.
*Q* Check vv17,18 and see the result of negligence, deriding or rejecting the Creator's revealed secret.
*Q* Why is Creator the true source of lasting eternal joy and fulfilment? v20b.
*6. The selection*
The choice is yours, vv15,19. When wisdom cries, only fools despise itð¤·ââï¸
*Jesus,* let me never fall into the deceit and temptation of seeking for life among the deadð
*Lord,* give me wisdom and understanding that will always be making the right choice in the light of truth and eternityð
*Father,* as I consecrate to study and follow your word with faith, I ask for abundant life, love of God, light and laughter to be my portionð
*God of heaven,* let the blessings of obedience and faith in your word be multiplied to all your children to the envy of sinnersð
*HYMN* Oh how sweet to trust in Jesus