The Blessing Or Cursing Series
The Choice Of Hope
“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! —Deuteronomy 11:26
My good friend and I were going back and forth, over and over again trying to come up with a solution for my problem. After more than several times, my friend said out loud what she had probably been thinking all along, “It’s hopeless. You have no choice but to give up!”
Suddenly, my faith rose up in me. The word of God that I had been storing up, for quite some time by then, burst forth and I said, “There’s always a choice. It’s not hopeless. We serve a God of miracles. There’s always a choice. We can choose hope or give up. I choose hope.
Father God is going to work this out for me. I don’t know how but He’s going to do something. A few minutes later, the phone rang. The person on the other end was a part of the solution, God sent. I didn’t know it. But I had just preached my first message on hope and expectation, to my friend and myself.
Now I can add to that. Father God gave humanity back in the Garden of Eden, starting with Adam, the power of choice. You see, he didn’t want robots. If he had just put a computer chip, so to speak, of obedience inside us, there would be no relationship. Instead, he gave us the power to choose. All of us, in humanity have this power.
Even though through Adam and Eve, we broke his heart and chose to disobey, forfeiting our rights to Satan. For the word of God says, Therefore, just as through one-man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned —Romans 5:12 We could say through one man’s choice, Adam, representative of humanity, sin and death entered the world.
But through another man’s choice, Jesus, Savior of the world, righteousness and life re-entered the world. Through our Lord’s choice in the Garden of Gethsemane, the second Adam, made the choice of not my will, but your will Father, not my way but your way Father…
It’s still a mystery to us, how a death could redeem the opportunity to choose. But it did, hallelujah! Of course, it wasn’t just any death. It was the death of our Lord, the Christ. Another place, his choice was evident was when in response to his critics Jesus responded as the Good Shepherd, “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.
“No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” —John 10:17,18
Do you see it, yet? In other words, he said it’s Father God’s way. He gave me the choice. I chose his way. I chose to lay my life down. No one took it from me.
It is also written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
By God’s Grace, the opportunity has been granted again. We can choose life more abundantly through choosing Christ. We have been predestined through Christ to live a life devoted to God. So, in other words, to walk in our destiny our first choice is Christ. Then we choose to submit to him as Lord, the same decision Christ made in the Garden of Gethsemane. You know, the ‘Not my will, but your will Father – Not my way but your way.’
Today, we choose Christ. We choose life and the blessing. Therefore, we say afresh, it’s our choice to live God’s way and receive his destiny, his appointment.
Earma Brown, Author
WOW! Women of Destiny
So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.… -1 Corinthians 15:45,46,47
“No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” John 10:17,18
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