Joshua 24:15 “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Do you ever get into a pattern of thinking, that it seems as if you can never be free? What about those things in our life that we despise, and yet do?(Romann 7:13-25)
Or those overwhelming emotions that flood us with the very fires of hell!
Well, as I read the above passage this morning, I took it a part like this:
We can choose to take on the same sins and behaviors as our parents and ancestors did, such as, addictions, unforgiveness, stubbornness, abuse, etc. WOW!
We can choose to serve the gods of this world that we dwell in, such as, materialism, religion, popularity, power, appearance, etc.
We can choose to serve the Lord!
However, we know that whichever we choose, we will have a very different outcome of our lives! I know people who have chosen to completely sell out to the gods of their fathers, the gods of this world, and they are miserable in their homes, their jobs, their very existence! And then I know people who have chosen to serve the LORD even in the harshest circumstances, and are willing to go all the way even to death for their LORD! These people have the greatest peace, the greatest joy, the greatest love that you will ever see in mankind.
Tony often talks about “setting his mind” on something. The battle is fought and won in the mind. We can choose to fight, or we can choose to join the enemy of our souls, and sell out to him through all these other gods.
I choose this day to stay free to choose. As soon as we choose anything but Christ, we are then captive to it, and have lost the right to a choice.
2 Cor 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.