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Who Will You Serve?

And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your father served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. - Joshua 24:15 NKJV

Life is a series of choices - lots & lots of little choices.   Some of our choices are good & some of them are, let's say, not so good.Some of our choices have become habits by virtue of repetition, but they are choices nonetheless.   Each choice builds up on the other to form the fabric of our lives, making us into the people we are.  What kind of a person do you want to be?

Joshua knew what kind of person he wanted to be.  He wanted to follow God, the one true god, no matter who or what the other people in his life served.  I love Joshua's conviction.  Joshua was determined in his life to keep his eyes focused on the right things.

It is hard to make the right choices sometimes, especially the little choices.   For instance, it is easier to sleep a little later in the morning sometimes than it is to get up before everyone else in the house to spend quiet time with God.   It is easier to turn on the TV or radio and passively be entertained than to open a book and actively participate in the experience.  It is easier to complain and remain in the same old rut than to craft a solution of daily choices to change our situation.  Choices.  We all face them every day.

The good news is, that as believers through God's Spirit inside of us, we have been given the ability to make good choices to follow God and go against the grain of popular culture.  As Paul says in the book of Romans:

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  Ro 6:4 NKJV

When we make the choice to follow God and accept His son Jesus as our Lord and the Savior of our souls, we will have that power to walk in newness of life.  Our choices will still be there and we might still struggle to change previous bad habits into new good habits, but we will have access to the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead.  I know that I need that kind of help sometimes.  What small choice for God are you going to make today?  Take a small step toward big change.  You'll be so glad you did.

The Prevailing Word of God

He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. - Rev 19:13-14 NKJV

The truth of the matter is this.  One day, in spite of all wordly efforts to dissolve any notion of absolute truth in our culture with the fallacy of relative moralism, the truth will win out.  The Word of God, Jesus, will prevail and we believers will be at His side.  The passage above precedes the prophecy of the final judgment up on our very real adversary, Satan,  as he is cast into the bottomless pit (Rev 20:3).   Truth trumps a lie every time. 

Isn't it interesting that Jesus is called the Word of God and that we are shown so very clearly in John's vision that He triumphs over Satan?  Jesus is the truth and the Word of God.  Satan is the father of lies.  Consequently, in the battle of truth, the Word of God gets the win in the end.  Jesus says in the gospel of Luke that

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." (Luke 21:33 NKJV)

God's Word will never pass away because it is truth.  Absolute truth.  How well do you know it?  How well can you explain truth?  Today's society needs people more than ever who know the value and power of absolute truth.  The idea that all truth is relative and that there are no absolute truths is saturating our culture.  Yes, God will eventually win with it in the end, but wouldn't you like to see some victory in the here and now?  Get to know it.  Stand on it.  Share it today.  It is the one thing that will last forever.

Hearing the Trumpet

"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet," - John, Revelation 1:10

Revelation comes from the Spirit of God.  In my opinion, one of the most intriguing revelations from God is contained in the book of Revelation, written by the apostle John.  This book mainly consists of apocalyptic prophecy, which I'm not going to delve into here.  What I would like to point out though, because it stood out to me and I think that we can practically apply it to our lives, is how the apostle John was able to see and hear the things God had for him to share.

Notice that before any visions are put forth in the John's writings, that he mentions he was "in the Spirit".  John was imprisoned on the island of Patmos because of his faith (Rev 1:9) but still was able to worship God.  John writes in verse 10 that he was in the Spirit on the Lord's day.  Because he was "in the Spirit" and paying attention to God, John heard God's voice as loudly and clearly as if it were the sound of a trumpet. 

Just as John did, as believers, we too have access to the Holy Spirit of God and His direction for our lives.  The bible says that

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Cor 2:12 NKJV)

However, if we are too busy to stop and spend some concentrated time with God, we won't hear from Him.  If our minds are too cluttered with our own thoughts, we can't hear from God.  We aren't in the "Spirit" because we are too into ourselves.   It is only when we surrender our plans and schedules to Him that we can listen effectively for God's voice in our lives.  We will see more of God and less of ourselves.  When we do, even that small voice will sound as loud as a trumpet call.

Hearing Check:

1) Are you listening for God's voice or are you trying to make God listen to yours?

2) What step can you take today to relinquish more of yourself to Him so that you can hear more from Him?