Acts 28:24 Give Them A Chance To Believe

Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24

All types of truths and false lies are being spoken all the time, all around the world. As these are being spoken, often one side is chosen and presented in a way that it is the only truth and the only way it can be looked at.

In some places, it can actually be demanded that a person believe it or there will be consequences. There is no choice allowed in whether to believe it or not. The authorities get very upset when some do not believe.

As Paul was held as a prisoner in Rome, he kept preaching and teaching God’s word, trying to convince people about Jesus. Some would believe, while others would not believe.

When Jesus got ready to leave their earth, He gave the final command to be a witness in all the world. Every believer is to go out and tell others about Him and what He had done for them.

One common problem that many believers have is that they often will refuse to talk to some people about Jesus. They feel that those people just will not accept Jesus, because of who they are or what they believe. They are not given the opportunity to believe at all. The choice is made by the believer, not the individual himself.

God is in the business of touching hearts through His word. However, the people need to hear what that word is, and that is only done by believers going out and telling them His word.

When a believer tells everybody and anybody, it gives each one the opportunity to believe or reject. The more people told, the more people who will believe, while more people may also reject, but each can make their own choice.

You have the same commission to be a witness as Paul and all the disciples did. You are to go out and tell everyone you can about Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to ignore or not tell someone because you believe that he may not believe. Tell everyone, trusting that God will touch their hearts and draw them to Him. Allow them to make their own choices.

As you do this, you will see that many will believe, while some will not believe. That is not your choice, but theirs. Give them a chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to all around you; that you will see God draw many to Him; that God will change the hearts of many people; and that God will give you the words to speak.

Luke 10:41-42 What Are You Choosing?

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Choices are made hundreds, even thousands of times every day by every person. Every choice will have either a negative or positive choice in the life of the person.

Most often the choice made by most people has to do with the here and now. They are usually about immediate gratification and pleasure, not about the long term future.

As Jesus was over for a visit to Mary and Martha’s place, Mary sat at Jesus feet, while Martha worked. Martha was upset that Mary was doing nothing. Jesus told her that Mary had chosen what was best.

In life, for every person, there are many things that need to be done each and every day. Thousands of choices have to be made as to what needs to be done. This has nothing to do with whether a person is a believer or not.

However, the believer must now add in to the list of things to be done–spending time with God. In the busyness of this world and all of its cares and concerns, spending time with God is often put on the back burner. It is only done at the end of the day, if there is still time.

As Jesus said in another spot, that the cares of this world overcome a believer and choke out his belief in God.

The number one priority of every believer must be to be closer to God and to learn from Him. Once this is done, all the rest will fall into place at the right time and the right way.

You are most likely most people, with many cares and concerns in your day-to-day living. There is a list of things that you must do just to survive and make it. Do not allow all of these things, that are temporary, distract you from what is the most important.

Take time every day and throughout every day to spend time with God. This is spending time reading and studying His word, and spending time talking and listening to Him in prayer.

As you put God and His word first in your life, everything else that is needed will be provided at the right time.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your first priority in life will be to know God more and more; that you will patter your life after that of Jesus; and that you will grow more like Jesus every day.

Joel 3:14 Valley Of Decision

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Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 

Everyday people have to make hundreds of choices, even thousands of choices. Many of these choices are nearly automatic in being made with very little thought put into them. There are other choices that come up that require some thought and consideration as to what to choose.

There are many people who freeze up when it comes to making a major choice fearing making the wrong choice. Or they are quick to make one, but then go back or regret that choice very quickly.

Joel points out that there will be a time when God will judge the nations. During that time the people will be in a valley of decision. They will have to make a choice.

While there are millions of decisions to be made all the time, there are really only two that are most important and provide the answers for all of the rest of the decisions. These are: the choice to love and serve God or not love and serve God. And the other is to obey God or not to obey God. Both these decisions go hand in hand. One cannot really be made without making the other. To love God is to obey Him, to obey Him is to love Him.

Once these two decisions are made, everything else falls into place. God’s word and His Holy Spirit guide every decision from that point forward.

Making these choices, either one of them in any way, is life changing. One way will draw a person into eternal relationship with God. The other choice will put one into eternal battle against God.

Most people will choose to serve self and not love God. Only a few will choose to love and serve God.

If you have already chosen to believe in God, you have chosen to love God. Now it is time to choose to obey God with all of your abilities. Each day you will be presented with thousands of opportunities to disobey God and sin. You have to make a conscious effort to turn away and flee from the temptation and keep from sinning.

You will also need to make the choice to serve God and build His kingdom in whatever way He opens the door for you to do.

Making these decisions will show where your heart is with God. What is your decision today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to love God with all of your heart; that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life; and that you will choose to trust God with your life.

Jeremiah 21:8 Two Paths Of Choice

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Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.’ Jeremiah 21:8

When traveling people often will have choices to make along the route. As one travels he may come upon a road that is closed due to road construction. To continue down that road, will lead to destruction by running off the road or getting stuck.

If he chooses the detour route, it will mean he can continue on safely. A choice has to be made.

God was getting read to destroy Israel as a nation and send the people into exile in Babylon. If they stayed in the city, they would die. If they went to Babylon in captivity, they would live. A choice had to be made between life and death.

There is still a choice for people to make to this day. Jesus died upon the cross and rose again to give every person a choice to make. The choice is still between life and death, captivity or personal freedom.

Making the choice of personal freedom, allows one to do what he wants and when he wants, but at the cost of death in the end. This is what sin is. It is doing everything to please self, and reject God.

Choosing to follow Jesus is to choose life, but in exile and captivity. One is bound to God to obey God. He is in exile away from this world and its sinful ways.

In the eyes of the world, this is suicide and ridiculous. And it is. Believers are to die to self so that they may live for Christ. It is the real path to real life that will last for all eternity, not just temporary happiness and enjoyment, ending in death.

Just as the Israelites had to make a choice between life and death, you must also make the same choice. This is not a one time choice, but a daily, even hourly or by the minute choice to make. You have to choose to die to self and to live for Christ on a regular basis.

Make the choice to follow and obey Christ. In the eyes of the world this is crazy, but in the end it is eternal life and worth the cost of being  enslaved to God.

Choose today the path of life in Christ Jesus, and reject the path of death this world is on.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from all sin; that you will be a slave to God and His ways; and that you will know the abundant life Jesus has for you.

Jeremiah 4:18 Consequences Of Actions

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“Your own conduct and actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!” Jeremiah 4:18 

There is an old scientific law that states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is the idea that there is a consequence to every action that occurs.

In life there are many consequences to the actions that people do. Some are positive and some are negative. Some occur immediately, while others don’t occur until many years later.

Speeding down the road when there is a policeman there will result in a ticket immediately. Eating a poor diet will take years to show, but it is result in weight gain and health problems later in life.

God is beginning to punish Israel for their rebellion and sins against Him. He points out that it is their own actions that had brought this punishment upon them.

God is a patient God and full of mercy, however, there are consequences that He brings about or allows because of sin. There are many health problems that occur because of a sinful lifestyle. There is a loss of peace and joy because of sin in one’s life.

For the believer, God is always striving to call him away from sin. He may use the consequences of sin to get his attention and draw him back away from sin.

Most people do not like consequences to their actions, unless they are positive. Yet, God has placed negative consequences upon sin in the life of a person. The ultimate consequence is eternal death and separation from God.

This is not God causing the consequence, but the actions of the person. One’s own self brings upon him the problems of sin. This does not have to be, since a person can go to God for forgiveness and be changed into a new person. Living for God and rejecting sin brings about positive consequences.

Is there something missing in your life, such as joy, peace, love, God’s presence? Take a look at your life and how you are living.

What actions have you been allowing in your life? Are they God honoring actions, or actions of selfish sin?

Jesus is right there to help you turn from sin. He is willing to wipe the slate clean and forgive you, bringing about positive consequences. Do not give God a reason to strike you to get your attention, but live for Him in His ways.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that all of your actions will honor God; that you will know God’s peace, joy and love in your life; and that you will hear God’s direction for your life.