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Choose Life

March 16 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Scripture
Deuteronomy 30:19,20 (NASB)
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.
Observation
God is good God. HE wants us to choose life not death.
Then what is life? God continuously spoke to Moses about LIFE. Choosing Life is...
1.by loving the LORD our GOD
Loving the LORD is worshipping HIM, praising Him and calling His Name. I've heard the story that God will stop prasing of the Angels to listen to our praise. God loves to hear our praises because we choose to love Him by praising and worshipping Him.
2.by obeying His voice
Obeying has two actions. To listen and do. Without both action, it does not count as obeying. We can listen but without doing there is no obedience as well as we can do but do not listen. Obeying is thus faith. Faith contains obeying; listen and act. I would rather say act than do. Because our action or act of doing something is a part of obeience.
3.by holding fast to Him
We need to keep feeding ourselves in HIS WORDS. Without His Words, we cannot listen to the people whom He sent us because we cannot distinguish whether the words came from themselves or the LORD. So doing lifejournal is an essential for us. But most of all keeping His Words to ourselve is holding fast to Him. Just as in the Bible, the Word of the Lord stands forever. Holding fast to Him is to keep His Words in us as HE Lives in Words.
Application
I want to choose life despite of the devastating situation in Japan. It is to prasing God and worshipping Him no matter where I am at. I am capable of prasing God so that Grace of God will be upon our nation and people who is in Sendai and other areas of Kanto. I still need to keep my mind, heart and soul to be renewed by His Words. As I observed His Words today, I found out that I need to repent and renewed by loving the Lord my God, obeying His Voice and holding fast to Him. I want to choose life by living life doing these three things that the LORD asks me to do. Most of all, I need help of the Holy Spirit. So I will be able to choose Life for HIM.
Prayer
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for who You are. Thank you for your word. Choose life!!! I choose life, my Father. I choose to loving You, obeying You and holding fast to You so please help me to live this LIFE to be YOURS. May Your Holy Spirit help me to do so because I am weak to do what You ask of. I need the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse my mind, heart and soul and be filled with thy Holy Spirit so that I will choose LIFE. Life which is aboundant in Your Hands. I pray for my nation. Please forgive our nation how we were careless to each other just because we only cared about ourselves. Please forgive us of our sins that we did not concern about You, LORD Mighty God. I pray for Your Grace will be upon each and everyone of our survivers those You are giving life at this moment. I pray for us to love You and obey You and hold fast to You so that our nation will choose LIFE. Please give us Your Grace so we will life by Faith not by sight. Please help us that we will not be alone but with our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Help us to show "love one anotehr" with actions we need to take. Please Lord, sustain our life as we choose "LIFE".
In the name of the LORD Jesus Christ, Amen
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This journal entry was posted by Yuko. She is currently single with no children and has attended New Hope for the past 3 years.

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