To Live is to Die to the Old Ways
People are given choices everyday. It is totally up to each of us to bring a better future for all or cause more suffering and misery by our lack of believing in good.
Here are some ways that people can choose to either live for self or to live for the Lord and bring a better community for all.
I can choose to start complaining about all that I have to get done, or I can decide to say a morning prayer before stepping out of bed, and giving my will and day into God’s hands.
I can decide to yell and threaten my kids repeatedly to try and force them out of bed early and demand them to be ready for school, or I can pray the night before and ask that God give them sweet sleep and helps them to wake up refreshed and willing to learn and be on time for school.
We can speak out a positive future for them with God’s Word on who they are, or we can destroy them by speaking negatively about them and their future!
I can be stressed out and thinking about the rush hour traffic that I don’t want to hit, or I can pray and ask God to clear the path for me.
On my way to work, I can complain and yell at cars that I think should be moving faster, slower or just out of my way, or I can see every individual driving next to me as a person with real feelings and experiences they are going through and I can pray for God to open His good treasury in Heaven and pour out blessings for all of them to be saturated in His peace and know they are loved.
At work, I can get offended when my co-worker gets promoted for the project that I did and they just added their name to it, or I can ask the Lord to bless that person with great godly wisdom that will ensure a rewarding life and bight future.
At lunch, I can shove a juicy cheese burger down my throat and wash it down with a strawberry milk shake from in and out burger, or I can use that money to buy ten items off the .99 cent menu at Wendy’s and hand them out to the homeless in the park near my office building.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
During the afternoon, I can focus on office gossip, or I can take a few minutes and begin asking the Holy Spirit what or who is in need of prayers and help in that moment.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
– 2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV
When a coworker comes to share negative news and current struggles at home, I can pretend to care and agree with their misery as being awful which will help them sink deeper into self-pity and despair, or I can speak words of life and truth back to them that will cause their wrong circumstances to come into alignment to what God says is Truth.
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.””
– James 4:6 ESV
When I am driving home and see police and fire trucks racing down the road, I can pull out of the way until they pass and then drive home, or I can immediately begin praying for divine intervention for whatever the need is that they will encounter. I can also pray and ask for help for others that are broken down on the side of the road, or driving recklessly.
We can choose to be helping to change an entire generation from spiritual blindness to Kingdom living through kindness, or to be willfully blinded through disobedience to God’s word of loving and helping others.
Giving is the best way to live. Being focused on how to get more or how to be more is the fastest route to death. That can be both spiritual and physical death. When it is about me, my plans, my dreams, my kids, my vacation, my job, my husband, my life, it is of no value to anyone else other than to cause jealousy, arrogance or greed to be exalted.
When I am able to lay down everything and ask God to do His perfect will through my surrendered life, then I am fully satisfied with all that I need.
God is so good. He knows what we need to have peace and a lifetime of joy, so why don’t we let Him help us to help each other become great blessings for His glory?!
We don’t have to continue to be divided by politics, religions, race, or even age and gender. In Christ we are all one, and there is no life outside of Christ, so begin praying fervently for all people and nations to come into Christ and be saved!
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
– Romans 12:12 ESV
Prayers and sharing testimonies publicly on a blog or a TikTok or you tube video, or whatever platform that will cause others to know the love of God, and turn to be saved, use them!
Let’s spread out a net of love and righteousness that reaches across all nations and silences the evil and wickedness of exalting sickness, fear, hate, greed, lust and all negative news!!
The prince of the airwaves can’t keep the Truth hidden if all Believers begin sharing and not being afraid or cowardly when it comes to sharing how the Lord saves and loves to be with us to make us radiant and righteous by His doing and not our own.
“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”
– Psalms 9:1-2 ESV