“Freedom To Choose?”

Posted: August 16, 2018 in Christian Life, Decision Making

Recently, while we were on vacation, we went into an ice cream shop for a treat. There were all kinds of flavors from which to choose. Since I lost most of my taste and smell several years ago, I chose chocolate which I can still taste a little.

Life. But life is much more complicated than making a choice about which flavor to choose for a moment’s pleasure. As someone has said, “Once on the lips, forever on the hips.” Ouch!

Freedom. The price of it is eternal vigilance. We, who live in the United States, often take it for granted and think that we will always have choices to make. But there are many people in the world who don’t have this kind of freedom. Think about the folks in Venezuela, South America, who took on socialism, and how much they have lost in recent days.

Socialism. Why do so many young people and others think socialism/communism is a better than our constitutional republic for which many of our forefathers fought and died to secure for us? Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Pres. Ronald Reagan
Suffering. Having suffered mercilessly at the hands of his German captors in World War II, and stripped of virtually everything he had, Dr. Victor E. Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Have you had an attitude check recently? Ask your friends to tell you the truth (Ephesians 4:15). As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 2:17).

Enemies. Our spiritual enemies are a far greater threat to us than our physical enemies are. The devil wants to enslave as many people as he can, and take them to hell with him. He isn’t happy when a person is “born again from above” (John 3:3-5). Have you been delivered out of the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of [God’s] love” (Colossians 1:13, 14)? If not, why not now?

Choices. Even after we’ve entered God’s family by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, we have many choices to make. We can yield to sinful temptations, or we can/should resist and overcome them. Those who overcome them will receive the “crown of life” on Judgment Day (James 1:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Enslaved? You may be a true Christian, but perhaps no one has showed you how to live a victorious Christian life. I’m very grateful to the men who taught me the truth from God’s Word and what I need to do to overcome the temptations that come from the devil, my own sin nature, and the present world system. [1] We don’t have to sin, even though we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1; 3:9, 10). God has provided in the Scriptures everything that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who want to make sure of your own salvation (1 John 5:13), and then grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), and serve God and others effectively (Galatians 5:13) in whatever legitimate occupation He has provided for you (1 Corinthians 4:7; James 1:17). Jesus said to His disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). What are others learning about God through your words and life?

Quote. “Only one life will soon be passed; only what’s done for Christ will last.” Better yet, only what’s done for God according to the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:5) and the leading of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) will be blessed and rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Too many Christians do things independently of God (James 4:13-17; See Isaiah 14:14). These works will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:15).

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[1] Maturing In Christ, by Dr. H. L. Schafer, http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

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