A sign along a road in Alaska reads, “Choose your rut carefully, for you’ll be in it for the next 200 miles!” We are given a free will to make choices that affect eternity! With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can pursue God’s will and make right choices. We get into trouble when we misuse the gift of choice and end up going after the flesh. Many Christians are in all kinds of tormenting habits and addictions—all because of pursuing bad choices. How can we let God help us in our choice making and in doing the right thing? The key to great victory is having great passion for the right things. How is our passion for the Lord Jesus himself? The Word tells us that “in [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Therefore, receiving and appropriating Jesus is the “secret” to an overcoming life. Judges 11:24 gives us this challenge: “Likewise, whatever the Lord our God has given us, we will possess.” God has already given us great and mighty promises and “everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Make up your mind to “possess” all that God has for you. Don’t have the attitude, “Well, I may want more of Jesus.” Rather, proclaim, “I must and will have a close relationship with Christ.” You have as much of God right now as you’re willing to hunger and thirst for. How do we possess the life of God? The Bible teaches us the principle of putting off the old self and putting on the new (Colossians 3:9-10). A bad habit doesn’t just go away; it must be replaced by Christ’s newness. Take a portion of Scripture that deals with new qualities, such as love in 1 Corinthians 13. Read, meditate, and pray over each verse. Possess the Word through sincere repentance and appropriate it to your life through prayer and waiting upon God. You will discover that if you are serious with God and about growing in Christ, good things will happen! Your choices will turn into godly habits which will grow into a life that shines for God! You will possess what you pursue!
Pastor Mark Boucher