You Have A Choice/Choose Well

Joshua wrote Joshua 24:14–15 and said, “Now fear the Lord and serve him with faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worship beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the god of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

He wasn’t done yet, Joshua 24:19-20 says, “Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a Holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and sin. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end to you, after he has been good to you.” But in verse 31 the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.” They made their choice.

Joshua closes out and writes Joshua 24:23-24 and says, “Throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” Jesus speaks in Revelation 22:12-13 and says, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” You have a choice how you live your life, choose well! So many times in life we get our priorities out of wack. It so easy to worship the created and not the the Creator. Return to your first love. Run to the Savior this morning and fall at His feet. Get your heart right and confess your sins to Him. Throw away the foreign gods and yield your heart to the Lord. Stop long enough to listen to what God is trying to tell us. God bless and choose well. Because we all are going to be accountable for how we lived.

Tested?

It’s amazing how fast the weekend flies by! But it is so good to have a little down time and rest. I pray that you will have a great time of worship this morning.

Genesis chapter 22 is the story of Abraham and Isaac. Please take time to read the whole chapter this morning and dive into the rich truth of this story. Genesis 22:1-2 says, “Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” I could not imagine what Abraham was going through! That was a huge test in Abraham’s life but he passed the test!

I don’t always have all the right answers but I do know that God does test us in our journey of life. He test us for two reasons. First, it’s an opportunity for God to prove Himself to us. That He is faithful and trustworthy. Secondly, it’s an opportunity for us to prove ourselves to Him through obedience.

What is your Isaac? What do you find your identity in? We can base our identity in a number of things; our position, how much money we make, degrees we earn, or even our athletic ability. What do you love more than God? God will test you to make sure your identity and your security are found in the cross of Jesus Christ.

Lucifer was a beautiful being with a great voice. His gifts were originally used to glorify the Lord. But he started looking in the mirror and claiming the glory. Do we find our identity in who we are or whose we are? God is asking for 100% of our heart. What do we need to give up or turn over to Him this morning? What do we need to place on the alter and totally surrender to Him? What is getting between you and God?

Place your Isaac on the alter and see what God can do! He can not give back what you do not give up. Genesis 22:13-14 says. “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Our God is faithful and He does provide. I encourage you this morning to get alone with God and allow God to speak into your life. Take time to reflect and respond. Love you guys!!

The Call of Elisha

1 Kings 19:19-21 says, “So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.”

Elisha received a call of God and there was no plan B! In order to start a new chapter, you must end the old one. Elisha wasn’t just buying in, He was totally selling out. So many times we want God to do something new while we keep doing the same old thing! God is calling His church to a full court press. It’s sad to say but many Christians are getting comfortable with comfort.

Elisha had a very bold spirit, without a doubt. In 2 Kings 2:9 he even asked Elijah to inherit a double portion of his faith! How could he ask God for something like that? Simple fact: Elisha didn’t hold anything back from God!

What do you need to let go today and be totally sold out to Jesus Christ? Give Him first place today! No turning back, no plan B! He deserves our best.

Make sure to show someone the love of Christ today. Go out of you way to bless someone that God puts on your heart. Be obedient! Love y’all!

Obedience

Good morning friends! I want to encourage you to check out Park Ave sermons online! They are located in Titusville, Florida. Pastor Steve is wrapping up a series called, “The Big Picture Includes Me.” I just wanted to touch the tip of the iceberg this morning from this past Sunday’s sermon.

John 2:1-5 says, “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

If you are looking for direction or some great advice, please listen to this! Whatever Jesus says do, do it! God is calling us to radical obedience, no more hold back! He is calling His Church to go all in and fully surrender our talents, finances, and our time. What do you need to lay at His feet this morning? Is there anything that you consider so precious, that it is off limits to God? He is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.

You are God, and I am not! Hear the voice of God and be obedient to what He is calling you to do. Practice His presence all day long. Have a great Tuesday and encourage someone along the way!

Grab Your Oxgoad

Judges 3:31 says, “After Ehud came Shamgar son Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.

One decision, one change, one risk, one idea! That’s all it takes! You don’t have to make 100 changes, but you have to be committed to one thing. One thing will change your life. This was all the press that Shamgar would ever get in scripture. One daring decision, that delivered the entire nation! One risk turned 15 minutes of fame into a model of courage that inspired a nation to fight back! One man refused to be ruled by unrighteousness. He had no army, and no artillery. All he had was an oxgoad, which was a long stick that prodded his animals.

If God is for you, who can stand against you? Courage doesn’t always wait for an perfect plan. Courage doesn’t always wait for the popular opinion. Courage only waits for one thing. A green light from God!

It committing yourself to be a part of the solution and having a heart for Christ. It about becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Use what God has given you. “Your oxgoad” Make a Mark. Make a difference!

God bless and have a great Friday.