|Posted on June 27, 2018 at 7:20 AM|
Proverbs 1:29 "For they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord."
I found this passage and have received it in my heart with fear and trembling. In brief, I have been desperately asking the Lord certain questions for YEARS, only to have the answer boil down to one word: "CHOICE"!
What were some of those questions? How can professing Christians, believers in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah; continue to enjoy their bad habits and live a life of sin? Why do they insist on retaining their bondage when we know Jesus, Yeshua, THE ANOINTED ONE, died to set us free? The act of resisting, or not yielding to the love of God, actually tightens the grip the enemy has on us!
Why? We hear the word preached. We hear testimonies of many who have experienced the POWER of the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. We SEE those who have encountered the liberating freedom of the Word of God, being transformed as they renew their minds with it and by it.
We also know the battle rages between our saved and regenerated spirit man and our soul and body. BUT, the Spirit of God quietly spoke to my heart a few days ago and said, "It is a choice!" The scripture says, "They hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. Verse 30 goes on to say, "They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof." In other words, humanity did not accept or heed God's word or counsel in the past, and they are not doing a very good job of it in the present.
We all must CHOOSE, every moment of every day; what we will say and do. Joshua 24:15 demands of us to "...choose you this day whom ye will serve." Solomon commanded us to "Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Eccl. 12:13
We must CHOOSE what is honest, true, just, pure, lovely and of a good report! Philippians 4:8
We must choose to love the unlovable, with God's love. It is the only way we can do it! We must CHOOSE to develop and live by the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22
We must choose to love God because He first loved us! Jesus came and died so that our broken hearts would be healed, and we would be delivered from the evil one! Won't you yield yourselves to the Holy One; the God of Israel; the Great I Am? His Spirit is calling you if you are reading this right now. I encourage you to ACCEPT the choices God has made for you, and let us finish the race victorious! In Christ Jesus, we cannot fail!