Crenshaw Community Baptist Church
"Letting the Light of Christ shine!"
King James Bible On-Line
DECISION TIME, CHOOSE WISELY
The most important decision an individual can make is where he will spend eternity. Many believe that this decision is left to God, but this is not true; God places this decision in the hands of the individual.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19. It’s obvious from this verse, written in 1423 BC, that God was asking the people to make a choice between two lifestyles and eternal destinations. One led to blessing, which represent God’s favor, goodwill and a promise of life, the other led to cursing, which represent destruction, misery and evil, and a promise of death.
Now fast-forward to 2010 AD and the New Testament. Once again, individuals just like you, are asked to make a choice. You get the same choices as those individuals in 1423 BC; two lifestyles, two promises, and two destinations, but we find different terminology for the individual that choose life and blessing and for those who choose cursing and death.
Acts 26:18 is a great example of this terminology, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins”. Darkness represents cursing and death, and those who choose this path are under the power of Satan. Light represents blessing and life, and those who choose this path are under the power of God.
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:79. This verse makes it crystal clear that Jesus is the giver and the source of this light, and if an individual is to process this light they must come to Jesus the light giver.
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 3 John 1:11. Once again, different terminologies but the same circumstance, evil represents cursing and death and good represents blessing life.
Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Once again different terminologies, unrighteousness represents cursing and death and righteousness represents blessing and life.
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.Matthew 18:11 The word “save” means to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, or to make whole. The word “lost” means to destroy fully, to perish, to lose, to be destroyed or die.
Friend, the picture has been painted and enlightenment gained. Now you know without a doubt, what God expects of you and individuals like us. God requires a decision; you must choose cursing and death or blessing and life.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.John 3:19
This light is Jesus Christ the Son of God. It was He that came into the world and died on the cross like a common criminal, rose triumphantly on the third day defeating death and the grave, and made it possible for individuals like you to transition from darkness to light. This verse says men reject the light because they love darkness, not realizing that the god of this world (the god of darkness) hath blinded the minds of them (“them” is referring to individuals like you) which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.2 Corinthians 4:4.
Friend, are these verses speaking about you? Loving darkness, loving the life you now live, and rejecting the light, God’s gift to mankind? Or are ready to make the transition from darkness to the light? The terminology the New Testament uses for this transition is the phrase “born again”. Jesus answered an individual who asked him, “How does one make this transition”. Read what he said in John 3:3. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God and in John 3:7 he said “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again”.
The transition starts when you acknowledge that you are a sinner; destitute, swimming in the sea of hopelessness with despair as a companion, with his entourage of loneliness, hurt, pain, fear, angry, bitterness, jealousy and suffering all in tow, drowning in darkness, and hearing the echoing in the distance of the question that never seems to get answered, “How did I get here?”.
But if you pause just for a moment, be very still and stop struggling to keep yourself afloat, I promise Jesus will not let you sink if you’re wanting to make the transition into the light. Now can you hear the voice that’s been there all along?
Jesus is saying to you,Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus is wondering what it is that has been stopping you? And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. John 5:40
Jesus saith unto him, (that’s us my friend)I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:13-14
The next phase is to believe God, concerning his requirements for individuals who wish to make the transition from darkness to light; this phase must be taken completely by faith, if the transition is truly going to lead to true transformation.
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again .2 Corinthians 5:15 Friend, if you are seeking transformation, then you must believe that Jesus the Son of God came and suffered, bled and died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin, so that individuals like you and me could be reconciled to God. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:11.
You also must believe that after three days in the grave, Jesus, the Son of God rose from the dead victorious, and now sits at the Father’s right hand.O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Corinthians 15:55 Neither death or the grave was powerful enough to keep him from rising again, in order to provide you a way to escape the darkness in which many find themselves trapped like a fish in Satan net. He is the light that shines in darkness.
The last phase is very important in the transition from darkness to light individuals must believe that Jesus is the only way. He’s the door out of darkness and to Heaven. If you doubt this, then transformation is not possible. You will remain in darkness, awaiting God’s judgment.
I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9
Friend, I have done all I can, I can’t go any further. What must be done next can only be done by you, God awaits your choice.I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:9-11
Luke 19:9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house.
Friend, I would be honored if you would let me know what choice you have made. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelations 20:10