Devotion Msg No.9
SERMON ON CHOICES
TITLE: Making The Right Decisions (Text: Deut. 30:19, 20) [19This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before your life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. 20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
In this lesson we will study three choices that need to be made in our lives. We must: 1) choose the right way 2) choose the right attitudes 3) choose the right company.
Read: Deuteronomy 30:19, 20
About the Text: Moses challenged Israel to choose life, to obey God, and therefore to continue to experience his blessings. God doesn’t force his will on anyone. He lets us decide whether to follow him or reject him. This decision, however, is life-or-death matter. God wants us to realize this, for he would like us all to choose life daily, in each new situation, we must affirm and reinforce this commitment.
For forty years the Israelites have been wandering in the wilderness. For their disobedience, God decreed that everyone above the age of twenty with the exception of Joshua and Caleb would die in the wilderness (Numbers 14:29-38).
Now, that generation had passed away. There was a new generation standing before Moses.
(Deut. 5:1 The people had entered into a covenant with God, and Moses commanded them to hear, learn, and obey his regulations. Christians also have entered into a covenant with God through Jesus Christ and should be responsive to what God expects. Moses threefold command to the Israelites provides excellent advice for all God’s followers. Listening is absorbing and accepting information about God. Learning understands its meaning and implications. Obeying is putting into action all we have learned and understood. All three parts are essential to a growing relationship with God).
In chapter 30, Moses exhorts the Israelites to obey Jehovah.
He tells them that God’s commands are not hard to keep; God has called us to keep his commands, while reminding us that his laws are not hidden from us or beyond our reach. Have you ever said you would obey God if you knew what he wanted? Have you ever complained that obedience is too difficult for a mere human? These are unaccepted excuses. God’s laws are written in the Bible and are clearly evident in the world around us. Obeying them is reasonable, sensible, and beneficial. The most difficult part of obeying God’s law is simply deciding to start now. Paul refers to this passage in Romans 10:5-8 (Deuteronomy 30:11-14).
He then lays before them the decision (read Deuteronomy 30:15-20).
I. We must choose. . . The Right Way\
1. The way of life / the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13, 14) the gate that leads to eternal life (Jn.10:7-9) is called “narrow.” This does not mean that it is difficult to follow Christ, but that there is only one way to eternal life with God and that only a few decide to walk that road. Believing in Jesus is the only way to heaven, because he alone died for our sins and made us right before God. Living his way may not be popular, but it is true and right. Thank God there is one way!
a) To love : Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind” (Matt. 22:37). Jesus said that if we truly love God and our neighbor, we will naturally keep the commandments. This is looking at God’s law positively. Rather than worrying about all we should not do, we should concentrate on all we can do to show our love to God and others.
John wrote, “Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)
b) To obey : Jer. 7:23 “This is what I told them, Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, all will be well unto you.”
2 Cor. 2:8, 9 “So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.”
c) To cleave/to stick : (read Jer. 13:11). “Actions speak louder than words. Jeremiah often used vivid object lessons to arouse the people’s curiosity and get his point across. This lesson of the linen loincloth illustrated Judah’s destiny. Although the people had once been close to God. Their pride had made them useless. Proud people may look important but God says their pride makes them good for nothing completely useless. Pride rots our hearts until we lose our usefulness to God.”
2. The way of death/the wide gate (Matthew 7:13, 14)
a) The example of the Israelites. (Read : 1Cor. 10:5-12) “The incident referred to I 10:7 took place when the Israelites made a gold calf and worshipped it in the wilderness (Exo.32). The incident in 10:8 is recorded in Numbers 25:1-9 when the Israelites worshiped Baal of Peor and engaged in sexual immorality with Moabite women. The referred in 10:9 is to the Israelite’ complaint about their food (Num.21:5,6). They put the Lord to the test by seeing how far they could go. In 10:10, Paul refers to when the people complained against Moses and Aaron, and the plague that resulted (Num.14:2,36; 16:41-50). 10:10 Paul warned the Corinthian believers not to grumble. We start to grumble when our attention shifts from what we have to what we don’t have. The people of Israel didn’t seem to notice what God was doing for them-setting them free, making them a nation, giving them a new land-because they were so wrapped up in what God wasn’t doing for them. They could think of nothing but the delicious Egyptian food they had left behind (Num.11:5).
Before we judge Israelites too harshly, it’s helpful to think about what occupies our attention most of the time. Are we grateful for what God has given us, or are we always thinking about what we would like to have? Don’t allow your unfulfilled desires to cause you to forget God’s gifts of life, family, friends, food, health and work.”
Hebrews 4:6-11 [God had given the Israelites the opportunity to enter Canaan, but they disobeyed and failed to enter (Num.13-14). Now God offers us the opportunity to enter his ultimate place of rest-he invites us to come to Christ. To enter his rest, you must believe that God has this relationship in mind for you; you must stop trying to create it, you must trust in Christ for it, and you must determine to obey him. Today is the best time to find peace with God. Tomorrow may be too late].
b) The way of rebellion (doumah bol)
1 Samuel 15:22, 23 “This is the first of numerous places in the Bible where the theme “Obedience is better than Sacrifice” Rebellion and stubbornness are serious sins. They involve far more than being independent and strong-minded. Scripture equates them with witchcraft and idolatry, sins worthy of death (Exo.22:18, Lev.20:6). Saul became both rebellious and stubborn, so it is little wonder that God finally rejected him and took away his kingdom. Rebellion against God is perhaps the most serious sin of all because as long as a person rebels, he or she closes the door to forgiveness and restoration with God.
Jeremiah 11:8 “Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked everyone in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do: but they did them not.”
Our end result if we do not obey–2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”
The “rest” mentioned by Paul has two dimensions. We can rest in knowing that our sufferings are strengthening us. Making us ready for Christ Kingdom. One day everyone will be stand before God. Judgment will be pronounced, and evil will be terminated.
The “eternal destruction” that Paul describes in the lake of fire (Rev.20:14)-the place of eternal separation from God. Those people who will be separated from God in eternity will no longer have any hope for salvation.
Evan. Hejang Kipgen,
Devotion Msg No.10
By Rev.Lalthanglien Lhouvum
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Tunia e topic dingu
*HICHE BOUHI KAHEI (one thing I know)
John.9:25. Chuin aman adonbut'in, "michonse ahi ahilou kahepoi; masang chun kamit achon tun kho kamui, hichebou hi kahei," ati.
John bung 9 sunga hetna pha ho.
1. Hiche mipa hi apenna pat mitcho ahi.
2. Kumsotpi mitchon hinkho anamangin ahi.
3. A testimony ajachat pipoi.
4. Midangin Jesu atahsan hijongleh hangsan tahin Jesu a dingin apangin ahi.
5. Jesu jallin kiloikhomna akonin paidoh in ana umtan ahi.
Hiche mitchopa akona ejildoh dingu tampi aum e.
1. Chonsesa peng ehiuvin ahi. Ps.51:5.
2. Phat sotpi mitchotna hinkho ena mangun ahi. 2Cor.4:4
3. Jesu chu ejachatpi louding seilep louding ahi.
4. Hangsan tah a edin dingu ahi.
5. Hehsetna jouse thoh hatna enei dingu ahi.
6. Jesu a dia hinding egotleh leiset miten eipaidoh ding ahisa ahi.
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