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Why Not Let God Choose For You?

Pastor Andrew SchankAs a citizen of the United States of America, you are afforded certain rights. These privileges are guaranteed by our Constitution and are upheld by Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement. Tens of thousands of individuals are employed for the sole purpose of helping to insure that every citizen is able to utilize his or her rights each day. Couple that with the plethora of organizations and action groups dedicated to the daunting task of seeking to be an extra layer of protection for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of Civil Rights, one might well think that being a U.S. Citizen is something quite unique and special. Indeed it is!

In spite of the high and bloody cost that has been paid for every United States Citizen to exercise his or her rights, these same rights have shackled many Christians from experiencing God’s best for their lives! Now don’t misunderstand this observation. Having rights are a great thing, but the liberty afforded by them are not always the avenue of God’s will for your life. Why not let God choose for you rather than you making the choice? It could make the difference in occupying God’s good for your life or LIVING in God’s BEST for your life!

This principle is seen many times in the Scriptures. One is found in Genesis 13:8-12 where Abraham and Lot parted company due to the growing hostility between each man’s herdsmen. Abraham, by all rights, should have availed himself of the land he would desire to occupy and Lot should have gone the other direction. Instead, Abraham allowed Lot to chose and resigned his own will to whatever God sovereignly allowed. Again, Abraham let God choose and, as a result, he enjoyed God’s BEST! Things could have turned out much differently had Abraham demanded his rights!

The Apostle Paul is another great example of this in Acts 16. When incarcerated in Phillipi, he and Silas, were beaten unjustly and kept in prison. The wise Apostle did not solicit the aid of a mob to protest nor did he try to start a prison riot. Instead, he and Silas sang praises! As a result, the jailor and his family were saved by God’s amazing grace. The next day, word was sent to allow Paul and Silas to go free. It was then and only then that the Apostle Paul availed himself of his rights as a Roman Citizen. It is quite probable that at this point he used the violation of his civil rights as an occasion to help other Roman believers from being so flippantly abused. Things might have turned out very differently had Paul and Silas demanded their rights at the beginning like so many do today!

Life is full of decisions. Each one is unique from the other and they seemingly grow more complex the older you get. While there are many choices to make, one is paramount! We must make the decision, each day, to let God choose for us. It is hard and not always the easiest thing to do. While it is usually the road less traveled, it is still the BEST path!

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Morality: Immutable Truth Or Subjective Ideology?

Pastor Andrew SchankIf we are to believe the articles and interviews published by media outlets in our nation today, then we would have to resolve that morality is no longer absolute truth. Rather, it is fluid and changes with the determination of the so-called majority. Contrary to this increasingly popular and heretical axiom, morality is not a subjective ideology, but a code of conduct which is as changeless as God’s own character.

Seasons come and go, skies change from overcast to clear and temperatures rise and fall, but God’s moral law does not vacillate one inch. Governments can be organized, tyrants can dictate and anarchy can prevail, but neither can alter the timeless treasure of morality. Indeed, people fall short of it’s expectations, but it does not diminish the luster emanating forth from it’s holy rays! Morality is not morality because man chooses to acknowledge its existence or not. The truth is that morality is because God is!

(Psalms 119:142) “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.” (KJV)

In an age when there is an ever increasing attempt to emancipate, extricate and eradicate the fetters of moral restraint, one must resolve to look to God’s Word for strength! While individuals may seem to distance themselves from their God-given conscience and realign to an artificially re-calibrated moral compass, they, in effect, authenticate Biblical morality by their depraved and darkened moral philosophy.

The old saying, “Actions speak louder than words” rings true here. A person’s moral compass directly affects his/her actions. Outside of salvation in Jesus Christ, every person’s morality has some depravity issues. When a person becomes a child of God, they have the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide them in the daily walk. Thus, they are more in tune with Biblical morality than an unbeliever. As new creatures in Christ, a believer’s actions should demonstrate the changeless moral values as taught in the Holy Scriptures.

The bottom line is that each person must seek to shelter themselves under the pavilion of God’s moral law. It cannot be improved upon, nor can it be effectively replaced with any man-made dogma. Willfully yielding to it’s authority does not bring salvation, but it does provide a tremendous opportunity for God’s Spirit to bring about the conviction of sin and urgency for repentance!

Truth

Thought For The Week…

On behalf of my family, I would like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS! We are privileged to have a church family like you, and are looking forward to what God has in store for us this coming year! As we enter the service today, I want to challenge us about the subject of TRUTH!

Contrary to popular opinion, truth is not relative. That is, truth is not truth because you or I believe it. Truth does not cease to be truth because one person holds to its authenticity and another does not. Truth is truth REGARDLESS! Though our society demands “TRUTH and JUSTICE,” we really want neither.

As a Christian, we believe that the Bible, God’s Holy Word, is truth! Without this road map of life, we would lose our way along life’s treacherous and slippery road. The Bible is full of axioms, or principles, that we should build our lives around. For example, not only do we believe the Bible concerning its truths about Heaven, but we also believe what it says concerning Hell! The Bible should the sole basis for our faith AND practice.

During this Christmas Season, much objection has been raised about how people have changed their tradition Christmas greeting from, “Merry Christmas!” to “Happy Holiday!” Folks are upset because our Christmas Tree is now referred to as a Holiday Tree. I am not certain the basis for raising these objections, for many, are due to the fear that our society will lose sight of the TRUTH about Christmas or if it is just because of change in general.

These yearly arguments over greetings and descriptive names definitely mean a lot to each of us, but how about the countless other things that we should be guarding and protecting with our lives? We should be concerned about how we read as a LIVING TRANSLATION of God’s Word! How we daily respond to the truths in God’s Word has a direct impact us and our testimony.