Courage To Dream

6 March 2012

Spiritual Victory

Courage To Dream

Christian Bible Teaching by Sharon Hood
March 6, 2012

In my lifetime I’ve received a lot of advice—bad and good.  Near the top of the list is this wise observation from a friend:  “Life is not made by the dreams that you dream but by the choices that you make.”

He was right, your life today is the sum total of all the choices you’ve made up to this point. The apostle Paul also gave similar advice in Philippians.

Philippians 1:10-11 NLT For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

In any given situation, we have a whole lifetime of choices, ranging from really rotten choices, to average choices, to choices that are good,  and then to those that are excellent.  God wants to move us, past our natural impulses, all the way to excellent choices.  I like to call them God choices.  Often it’s challenging to make the most excellent choice, especially if there aren’t many others joining in with us.

Sometimes it may feel as if our desires and freedoms have been delayed. But if you follow Paul’s advice, you’ll notice some really positive outcomes, like being pure, blameless and fruitful .

Remember what Paul said above in verse 11, “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”

May we begin to make God choices to live a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Then revel in the result!  Every day begins with a choice, what time to get up, to spend time in prayer. What to eat for breakfast.  What to wear, what route to drive, what music to listen to.  To drive the speed limit or to speed.  These are just the beginning of our day.

Even the little choices we make will chart the course of life we take;
we either choose the path of light, or the path of darkness.  My prayer is that we will make Godly choices.

Remember to make a Godly choice when you VOTE today.

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