Choose Life!

10 08 2009

Day 13

Ya know, it never ceases to amaze me, that so many people today still consider the number 13 to be unlucky. Just like walking under a ladder or stepping on a crack. Interesting thing about superstitions is that, in other countries, they use different days and numbers, so you have to wonder what the truth is. Well, the truth of the matter is that, it is not a number or day or circumstance that causes bad luck, in fact, luck really doesn’t exist at all.

The idea of luck is all in the imagination. The real truth in the matter is that God has given all of us the ability to make choices and, along with those choices, the freedom to choose what we want to believe.

Now, just to make it clear, He said, “I put before you Life & Death, Blessing & Cursing”, but then He makes it abundantly clear what He wants you to do, because He follows that with an emphatic, “CHOOSE LIFE” which includes Blessings.

Problem is, many people have been deluded into thinking that God doesn’t really exist or that, if He does, He is somewhere out of reach and unable or uninterested in helping people or, even worse, some people actually believe that He is standing somewhere, with a big club, watching and, waiting for us to make a mistake so He can clobber us. OUCH!!!

LISTEN UP! Let us take a moment to dispel a few myths about God. First of all, He really does exist, we have personally witnessed many things that can only be attributed to God, some as a direct response to prayer and some that defy natural law and can only be classed as miracles. We will expand this thought in a future post. Second, the Bible assures us that He cares about each and every person; in fact, His Word tells us that His thoughts toward each one of us is greater in number than the sands on the sea shore. Third, If He was waiting to clobber us for being bad, I assure you, with every fiber of my being that, if this was true, there would not be one single person alive on this planet. WHY? Because the Bible says that we have all sinned, in fact, we were born into sin because of Adam’s sin and God declares that only Blood shed can rid us of sin but it must be innocent blood.

OK, here is the story; you can read all about it in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, which is the very first book in the Old Testament. God spoke the entire universe into existence, He said, “Light…BE” and there was light. He spoke the Earth into being, as well as the animals, trees, etc. Then He took clay from the Earth and made man. He breathed Life into the man and told him to dominate; in other words, He gave Adam power over absolutely everything on this planet.

Then, God took a rib from Adam and made a woman, He told the couple not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but a serpent came, and spoke to Eve, and suggested that no harm would befall her, if she ate from it and, in fact, she would be like God, having great knowledge; so she ate from the tree and gave Adam a bite as well.

Now, this is where the trouble all began because, Adam knew better and he had all power and authority in the Earth to do anything he wanted but, the serpent tricked him into disobeying God and, thus, relinquishing his authority. The moment Adam lost his authority, Lucifer, also known as Satan, or the Devil, latched onto it and claimed it as his.

So, to give you a clear perspective, God told Adam that he, and he alone, had ALL power in the Earth and,  now, Lucifer (who was kicked out of Heaven for rebelling against God) has ALL power and authority in the Earth; therefore, God cannot do anything here, unless requested to do so by one of His children (believers).

Lucifer hates people because they were made in God’s image, and he desires to destroy us all. Therefore, it became necessary for God to make a way to bring about change. This is also a topic we will expand on later but, for now, let it suffice that He sent His Son Jesus to pay the blood sacrifice, in order to create believers, who know how to pray, to request His presence on Earth, so He can make changes.

BOTTOM LINE IS THIS!!! God really loves everyone and desires to have a loving relationship with each and every person; He made this planet, this universe, for us to enjoy. Since the beginning of time, we have been robbed and so has God, but He made a way to fix it and that is through belief in His Son Jesus, not in some wacky imagination that the evil one has planted in the minds of people over the centuries.

God has a plan for you, to give you hope and a future. He desires, above all else, that you succeed in every way, socially, financially, physically, mentally, emotionally and most importantly, spiritually. This can only happen when you allow Him to be in control. It’s like a baby allowing the parents to be in control of their lives, and we all know babies are not capable of making sound judgments, and need the parents’ direction. We are no different, we are the children of God and, as such, we need to recognize that, and give our lives over to His direction and, He promises that, we will be successful in every way when we do.

I know we had a different topic prepared for this post but, as I started typing, this is what came out, so we will try again next time, also, we have a topic coming up entitled S.U.C.C.E.S.S., what it means.

We have reached, actually exceeded our 1000 character limit that we agreed we would try to stay within, so until next time, keep making friends and…

We’ll see ya on the flip side.

 

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