Monday, 21 August 2017

Choose Life (Part Forty One)

God's Life Manifest in Me
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:5-6, NKJV)
We continue this week with the story of the sick man healed at the Pool of Bethesda. [John 5:1-15].

Our answers to the “Why, Where, and What of life” keeps us focused. They help us determine what to “Zakar” (remember, celebrate, etc.). They help us “Memento Mori” (remember our mortality). They guide us against the temptation of being bloated and kicking (being presumptuous and overcome with pride, Deuteronomy 32:15). They make us see clearly, delivering us from shortsightedness. [2 Corinthians 4:18] They make us accurate thinkers. [Romans 12:3] They teach us to die so we might live. [Psalm 90:12] They help us “Begin [and always live] with the End in Mind.” [Hebrews 12:2] They help us focus on the prize, and not be distracted by things of smaller, temporal importance and/or value. [Colossians 3:1-4; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:14-15]
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." (Joshua 1:8, NKJV)
We are in control of that which we “Zakar” (remember). God is not going to do that for us. It is our part to read, study, and meditate on His word. That is having and/or developing an affinity for His Word, that is, "His promises, His will, His principles, His laws, His precepts, His commands, His testimonies, His almightiness, His unlimitedness, His covenant, etc." When we do this, we take ownership of the image we place before our eyes. [Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 8:3, 11:18-25; Proverbs 23:7; John 8:31-32, 17:17] For, the image we place before our eyes control our destiny.
"For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Corinthians 4:6-7, NKJV)
We choose and determine that which has the preeminence in and over our life and destiny. We refuse to leave it to chance because we know our life is worth something. We realize our life is worth God. That is the price that was paid. God gave Himself to redeem us. Our place is to show gratitude in the way we live. [2 Corinthians 5:14-15] We are valuable. You are valuable. Let no one ever steal that from you. God has a hefty price on you. You cannot afford to let Him down.
"For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19, NKJV)
Be! Manifest! Show forth the glories of your God and King. Let the King in your roar.

© 2017 Akin Akinbodunse

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