The Awesome Gift of Choice



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.

Suggested Action:

  • 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 

Emotional Freedom: The Choices We Must Make by [Ault, Jane]

 

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