What must you and I do that God will not do for us? Answer: we must choose. Joshua said, “Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Paul said, “live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.” Again our choice. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned…” Our choice again.
All of creation is under compulsion…the caterpillar must become a butterfly; the chicken must lay an egg; only man has a choice of what he will be. Choice must have…well, …a choice. We cannot choose if there is only one thing to choose from. Example: Would you like an apple, an apple, or an apple?
We cannot choose heaven if there is no hell. We cannot choose a blessing if there is no curse, and we cannot choose single life if there is no married life and we cannot choose faith if there is no doubt.
LIFE LESSON: Many are distraught when they see doubt creeping into their lives, but doubt must appear if there is to be a faith choice. Again, life is all about choices. Doubt is the signal that faith is the other option. Don’t be undone when you see doubt. Move past it; push it aside on the way to a faith choice. Don’t hesitate, choose Faith.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see…and without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:1 & 6 There is no doubt in this
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Len Baker, Director
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.
“Oh, yeah,” said the son.
“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve each other. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.
The Apostle Paul said “…I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12
Happy Thanksgiving from Growing in Grace!