EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [57]

TOPIC: Choices

God gave us a will when He created mankind so we could make our own choices, good or bad. Let us look at the following Scripture verses about choices.

  • Gen.2: 15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
    We know the rest of the story, what happened after they decided the wrong way and ate the forbidden fruit and as descendants we are still being effected by their decisions.
  • Matthew 9:9 Amplified Bible 

    Matthew Called

    As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew (Levi) sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me [as My disciple, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk].” And Matthew got up and followed Him.

    Here we see a good choice made when he decided to follow Jesus. I made the same choice in the fall of 1958.

  • Romans 1: 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.  

By continually making the decision to reject God and His teachings, mankind making this choice will be separated from God and that is not a good thing.

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

A FAVORITE PSALMS!

Two Roads There are two main roads, main roads in life I am told, one leading upward, to streets of gold. The other wide, and spiraling downward to eternal torment and forever bound. So choose the straight and narrow road, where Jesus leads us upward, to Heavens streets, many streets of gold.

Psalm 23 (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Noises!

Drip,drip,

goes the rain drops,

as they fall,

from the limbs,

soon in their puddles,

tadpoles will,

swim, swim, swim.

Chirp, chirp,

the little birdies sing,

chirp, chirp,

it’s Spring, it’s Spring.

Croak, croak,

the old frog said,

who, who said the owl,

as he scratches,

scratches his head.

Yes, all these noises,

noises of Spring,

God gives us,

ears to hear,

makes my heart sing!

~ Winston Staples

WINTER BLUES!

March is half way through,

Spring is getting near,

near for me,

and near for you.

A Winter storm,

begins to blow,

with a lot of wind,

and a lot of snow.

We want Spring,

green grass to grow,

birdies to sing,

not a foot of snow.

To be patient,

is a must,

wait upon God,

and in Him trust.

~ Winston Staples

JUST THINKING!

I sit,

leaning back,

in my rocking chair,

looking out the window,

to watch the birds there.

The day is sunny,

the day is long,

my heart is homesick,

for Spring flowers,

and the robin’s song.

I thank God,

for the seasons I see,

each so different,

each wit it’s own,

own special memories.

Fall is my favorite,

then comes Spring,

Summer and Winter,

are nice too!

For all the changes,

special changes they bring,

I bow my head,

and I say,

T hank you Father,

for every precious day!

~ Winston Staples

JANUARY BURRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

January burrrrrrr,

cold winds blow,

we get warm,

beneath the furrrrrrr.

January burrrrrrr,

when the days,

slip bye,

sometimes fast,

sometimes slow,

when the January days,

makes us say burrrrrrr!

Soon these January days,

cold January days,

will be past,

but now,

all I can say,

is burrrrrrr!

~ Winston Staples