8.15.2012

Remembering

We are continuing our feast of truth. Scriptures for today are from The Message Bible. Underlining mine.

In the multitude of reports sharing turmoil, evil, and death, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Quickly a disciple of Christ can forget who they are. One can even forget truth if they aren't faithful to carefully and deliberately feed on truth.

Knowing that many are discouraged, are losing, or have even lost hope, we're doing just that, feeding on truth. We're spending as many days as it takes to fill us up. We are going to be transformed by renewing our minds. We are going to renew our minds by feasting on the truth, God's Word. Many reports are flying around. Not all of them, however, are truth. They may be fact, but truth can change fact. Please join me in this rich feast of truth. Together, let us devour truth. Let's chew and chew and chew. Because sometimes...all of us... need to remember:

We have a choice.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Joshua 24:15
"If you decide that it's a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you'd rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you're now living. As for me and my family, we'll worship God."
Psalm 119:25-32
I'm feeling terrible—I couldn't feel worse! Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember? When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. My sad life's dilapidated, a falling-down barn; build me up again by your Word. Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God, don't let me down! I'll run the course you lay out for me if you'll just show me how.
Proverbs 16:16
Get wisdom—it's worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.
Proverbs 18:21
Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose.
Acts 26:17-18
"'I'm sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I'm sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.'
Galatians 5:16-18
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
1 Corinthians 14:26-33
So here's what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight. If prayers are offered in tongues, two or three's the limit, and then only if someone is present who can interpret what you're saying. Otherwise, keep it between God and yourself. And no more than two or three speakers at a meeting, with the rest of you listening and taking it to heart. Take your turn, no one person taking over. Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other. If you choose to speak, you're also responsible for how and when you speak. When we worship the right way, God doesn't stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches—no exceptions.



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