One way that God has shown His love for us, is by giving us the gift of free will. While it may sometimes feel like a blessing and a curse, we cannot deny the fact that free will is an act of love. It is a blessing to have a choice of what we want to do; however, God has told us beforehand that there are blessings and curses that comes as a direct result of our choices. Some people will argue, if it’s free will, why do we get punished for making choices outside the will of God? A person with human logic cannot understand this, but a person with understanding of who God is, can.
The Word of God says, in Galatians 6:8, “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” Sin cannot produce eternal life, but the blood of Jesus can! All we have to do is go to God and accept His forgiveness that comes through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:22 (ESV), “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
In the garden of Eden God told Adam and Eve that disobedience would bring death. He could have made us be obedient and submissive to Him, but that’s not love, and God is the definition of love. Love doesn’t make you do the right thing, it inspires you to do the right thing. Love doesn’t mislead you, but love tells you the truth, no matter how bad it hurts. The Bible tells us in James 1:14-15, “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”
So, we must make wise choices in life. Choices that leads to life, health, love, prosperity and the favor of God. We must exude the fruits of the Holy Spirit. These things will bring favorable results. Will it always be easy? Of course not! But this is where God’s grace comes in.
If we go to God and ask for His help, He will help us! God knows what we’re capable of doing by ourselves and what we cannot. The thing is, sometimes we are capable of making the right decisions in life, but we don’t. Instead, we serve our feelings, or other people or even an image that we try to keep up. When we do this, we must hold ourselves accountable for the outcome. Blessings comes inside the will of God and curses comes as a result of sin. Sin feels good now, but the price never feels good, later. You actually get cheated! Being obedient to God doesn’t always feel good upfront, but the payoff is worth it in the end, so, we have to make a choice. God said, in Deuteronomy 11:26-28, “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the LORD your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.”
Our choices determines our course. What you do today will determine your tomorrow. If you want success tomorrow, you must start today. This great life you’ve envisioned for yourself won’t just fall in your lap, you must work for it. If you want your life to get better, begin to make better choices in life, in your health, in your thoughts, in your relationships and in your battles. Your faith determines your actions!
There’s a saying, “Choose your battles wisely.” Not everything that’s easy is right, and not everything that’s difficult is not of God. Sometimes, God is in the midst of the difficulties, because He’s trying to prune you. He wants us to make the right decisions so that we can be blessed and rise to new levels. He wants us to trust Him more than we trust our feelings.
So, as you go about your day, make choices that you can live with later. Don’t make a decision that will hurt you down the road. Make decisions that will heal you, today! Make decisions that will bring success, in whatever way that definition means to you. Make decisions in which the end results will be love, joy, peace and eternal life, in Jesus name. ❤️