Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Power to Choose

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One of the greatest gifts the Lord has given us is the power to choose. In fact, every day we are faced with many choices. The question is: Are we making the right ones and doing what God says is best for us?

Think about your life for a moment. When you have a decision to make, do you normally go with the flow, doing whatever feels right at the moment? Or do you pray for wisdom and ask the Lord for insight?

God’s Word is our instruction book for life and the best source of wisdom in every area of our lives. For example, Proverbs 3:5-6 is a good guide when we need help with our decisions. It says, “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths” (AMP).

God wants to give us direction for each decision we must make. We don’t have to live with fear and doubt about whether He wants to help us. Proverbs 3:6 tells us as we acknowledge God in all of our ways, “He will direct and make straight and plain [our] paths.”

As we study God’s Word, He speaks to us. Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word is alive, active and powerful. And in John 1:14, we learn that Jesus is “the Word made flesh.” So when we study the Bible, we’re not just reading a good book—we’re actually spending time with God Himself! The Bible is our instruction manual for our lives every day.

The best thing we can do each day is spend time with God, studying His Word, so we can get His perspective of our situations and needs. Acknowledging Him in all our ways simply means we consider God and how He wants us to handle the choices we make. It’s like the saying “What would Jesus do?” Whenever you’re wondering, just go to the Bible: your instruction book for life!

New Beginnings

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We’ve all experienced times in our life when we’ve been tempted to give up. Maybe you tried something once and it didn’t work out the way you expected it to. It’s easy to get discouraged, but God doesn’t want us to get stuck in those moments in our lives when things didn’t work out the way we planned. He wants us to keep going so we can fulfill His purpose and truly enjoy our lives. And He gives us the help and direction we need in the Bible to begin again.

God’s Word is filled with examples of people who were given a fresh start. A woman known only as “Rahab the harlot” was rescued and given a noble name in the bloodline of Christ. Ashamed because he gave in to fear and denied that he knew Jesus, Peter was forgiven and inspired to preach at Pentecost. Paul was caught in a trap of dead religion, persecuting the early Christians. However God transformed him and called him to write much of the New Testament.

God loves new beginnings! And He has a fresh start for you too if you’ll spend time studying His Word and let the Holy Spirit guide you.

You never have to get stuck in a moment or season of your life where things didn’t work out as you thought they would. Romans 5:5 says, “Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us” (AMP). If you will refuse to give up and hang on to your hope in Christ, you can enjoy the life God has planned for you. God loves you and He will never give up on you!

Walk It Out

Study scriptures about Rahab, Peter and Paul to learn about how God gave them new beginnings. As you read their stories, pray and ask God to show you in His Word how He wants to get you out of any rut you may be in and ready for a fresh start.