Do things just happen to you or do you cause things to happen?
Do you make your own choices or do you allow others to choose for you?
Do you feel as if you are in control your life or do you feel as if your life is out of control?
We have the power to choose our destiny
Through the thoughts that we think and the words that we speak, we choose our destiny. God declares this in his message to the Hebrew people, saying, “I have set before you today life and good, death and evil . . . blessing and cursing . . . Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19-20 ESV).
This week I spent some time meditating on this passage and thinking about this awesome gift of choice. In my journal, I wrote the following prayer.
Lord, I thank you that you have given me the power and gift of choice.
Today, I choose life instead of death
I choose love instead of fear
I chose health instead of sickness
I choose gratitude instead of ingratitude (complaining)
I choose joy instead of resentment
I choose self-control instead of anger
I choose forgiveness instead of unforgiveness
I choose mercy instead of revenge
I choose to let go of injury instead of hanging on to grudges
I choose faith instead of guilt
I choose trust instead of despair
I choose self-worth instead of shame
I choose peace instead of anxiety
I choose self-acceptance instead of self-rejection
I choose compassion instead of hatred
I choose righteousness instead of unrighteousness
I choose that which is good instead of that which is evil
I choose diligence instead of laziness
I choose godliness instead of ungodliness
I choose action instead of passivity
I choose to serve instead of to be promoted
I choose self-discipline instead of self-indulgence
I choose generosity instead of greed
I choose your blessing instead of a curse
I choose to obey Jesus instead of Satan, the world, or the flesh
Father, I make these choices intentionally.
Holy Spirit, by your power and grace, empower me to follow through with all of these choices so Jesus will receive the honor he deserves.
- Meditate on the above Scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it means for you to choose life instead of death and good instead of evil.
- Write down the choice(s) you will make this coming week.
- Share your thoughts with me and/or a friend.
Read about the relationship between God’s grace and our choices in my book Emotional Freedom
Such important words and such an important reminder to choose God in all aspects of our life. Satan has a way of wheeling into any crack in our armor and we have to be constantly on guard. Thank you so much for your reminder.
Thank you for your comment, Debbie. Yes, as the Scripture says, “Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life” (Proverbs 4:23 ERV).
EXCELLENT blog dear lady! Thank you so very much for this powerful reminder of the need to take EVERY thought captive, that we are in control of far more than we realize. It’s so exciting to me to see how our thoughts, our bodies and our lives are interconnected and we can and do direct what is manifested. You are the one who first introduced me to this connection in such a tangible way and I am so grateful, as that’s empowering 🙂 I thank God for you !!!!!
Amy, so great to hear from you! Thank you for your kind affirmation. Practically speaking, it’s challenging to choose love and life instead of fear and death every moment of the day. Without the Holy Spirit’s reliable help, I would not able to do it. As I listen to his word, he shows me the content of my heart (thought life) and when I need it, gently leads me back into truth. (See Hebrews 4:12)