I looked upon my daughter this evening after I prayed her out for bed…I had a revelation and I know God spoke to me.
There are pieces of me that are lost…never to be found: OR SO I THOUGHT. I looked at this absolutely beautiful 13 year old angel and He told me, “It’s you.” She is the personification of my innocence lost. She is the pieces of me. I get frustrated because I don’t understand her. She’s nothing like me, yet everything I want to be. In a way, I envy her and I repent for that. She has everything that I forfeited because of choices. Choices determine our lot in life…
Deuteronomy 30:11-20 says this:
11 “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. ~ [You can get this…ALL can understand this~ Isaiah 45:19 “I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the LORD, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.”]
12 It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ ~[No spiritual authority or angel of the Lord needs to come up to heaven to bring you this message. It is clear and it is HERE.. It is right here before you and available. “But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven’ (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart. And that message is the very message about faith that we preach” Romans 10:6-8]
13 It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ ~ [It is close to you…not far away]
14 No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it. ~[ The message is within you, it is near you. His Word is before you…devour it and get it in you.]
15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. ~ [HEAR ME NOW! This is it, you have a choice and it is defined. Life (Christ) or death (Satan), prosperity (success) or disaster (failure). Matthew 7:13-14 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”]
16 For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. ~ [He COMMANDS us to love Him and keep all of His regulations by doing what is right. We know right and wrong, our heart always tells us because His Spirit is in us. If we do what is right and not what is wrong, we will live and be successful. He promises to bless us. He will bless us and our home. But it is obedience that brings this blessing.]
17 “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, 18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. ~[He is jealous. He warns us to listen and draw near to Him and only serve and worship Him or He will destroy us. We will not live a good life. We will be cursed if we turn our heart from Him.]
19 “Today, I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! ~ [He has given us a choice. We must decide. It requires us to DO something…keep His commands, decrees, and regulations. He knows our heart, and He knows what choice we have made. WE must reinforce this commitment DAILY. Mark 8:34-35 “Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”]
20 You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” ~ [The choice to love Him and obey Him and commit ourselves to Him requires us to submit, not only unto the Lord but those He has called to lead us. Hebrews 13:17 “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit”. He tells us that this is the key to life: obedience, love, and commitment to Him. This is how we receive the promises of God. Obedience is God’s method of protection for our lives.]
Maturity comes with the acceptance of responsibility. When we make a choice, we are accepting responsibility for that choice. The same is true when we decide NOT to do something. That is a choice and we accept responsibility for it. If we want everything that God has in store for us, it is laid out in His Word, plainly and in clear form. This is our spiritual milk, just as a baby needs milk so do we.
1 Peter 2:1-3 says “So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.”