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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Choose Life

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live:
Deuteronomy 30:19

As I begin this piece of writing I would be a lie if I did not acknowledge the joy of having the opportunity to live. It comes by the grace, love and mercy of a wonderful God and His son Jesus the Christ. In a world full of negative images, feelings, hurt, disappointment, lies, hatred, war, religion, division and the likes of how do we find life? The answer is different for each of us and it is contingent upon our system of belief as to the quality of life we receive. As men do we take for granted the blessing that is presented before us to make this choice? To answer this question we have to examine the truth as it relates to the choice and the consequences that come as a result. The truth lies in the statement out of the book of Deuteronomy 30:19. Notice in that statement the term life translates to live.
There are many instances in our lives where our decisions concerning the choice to live rest on the thin line between the fallen state and the power of the risen Christ. The foundation of who we are comes from our acceptance of this truth. It is in the risen Christ that we receive life and the abundance of it. (John 10:10) As fathers, husbands, sons, uncles and friends the life which translates to living rest in identifying the truth about our lives and applying it to our life. It is a matter of life or death. As we stand on the authority given to us from God through the Lord Jesus the Christ then we become clear on making the choices that translate life into living. As men let’s reexamine our hearts and center them on the life giving authority that rest at the throne of our king. It is not in our wallets or conceits that determine this power. Neither is it in the hearts of a wicked and narcissistic world which translates life into death in its politics, war, greed, hate, religion, and division. No living can only be translated in the authority that rests at the right hand of the Father in the form of the Lord Jesus the Christ. Yes he is alive and living and continues to intercede on our behalf.
Let’s begin to stand on the creation mandate as the Priest and Prophets of our homes. It is in this authority where the choice is made as to whether “both thou and thy seed may live” either with blessings or with the curse. The last instruction given to us from the Prophet Malachi rest in this word from his book in the bible, it reads “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6) Men we have the instruction and the truth concerning the choice to live.Choose life! It begins with the love of our hearts towards the Father and our children. Love them both today.Amen.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:7

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