“The Agony of Choice Comes Before The Promise of Change!”
God will always keep His Promises. But, we must make the choices that require life transforming obedience. God will not negotiate. If we really want to experience His promises, unconditional obedience is the only way. The “agony” is in the choosing His will over mine. We live our lives making those choices all day long, every day we live.
Eve was required to make a momentary choice. The consequences will last until Jesus comes again. King Saul had months, even years to decide, and lost his kingdom! Peter had a few agonizing hours, the result was restoration! Jesus knew “…before the foundation of the world.” The result is your redemption! As you can see, this is about life and death!
Blindly embracing His will rather than mine, though it leads through an unknown future, develops an iron-clad faith that knows He WILL keep His promises. We have His word on it! Although we might like to think that if He were a little more “reasonable” it might minimize the “agony,” we know that when we quickly yield to Him and His will, that’s the surest way to His best choices for us.
“Yes, Lord!” Works best. (see Matthew 26:36-46)
“The greatest bondage we will experience is… THE FEAR OF MAN!
The greatest freedom we will experience is… THE FEAR OF GOD!”
“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28NLT) Please read Matthew 10: 26-31!
Our daily lives are filled with multiple opportunities to live in fear of man, or in fear of God. The fear of man is about my concern how I will be perceived by the people in my life. That’s especially true as it relates to those who are most important, in our minds, to “impress.” For the most part, this fear is about my reputation, recognition, and “right standing” among all the right people, in all the right places, and possessing all the right criteria within my self-centered and self-controlled world of influence.
The fear of the Lord is about Him! It’s about His life being expressed through mine. My concern is to express Him by how I live and move and have my being. How I dress, speak, work, express myself, demonstrate excellence, treat and serve others, is not for impression, but rather for expression of Him! According to the scripture, it is wise to fear the Lord. It produces Glory to His Name and establishes you as a trusted source of righteousness and justice.