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CHOOSE LIFE

05.0221 // lIVING THE GOOD LIFE, PART 1 // HESS HESTER, LEAD pASTOR

The Israelites desperately needed signs not for WHERE to go, but for HOW to go.

 

 

Deuteronomy 30: 11-20 (NLT)

    “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. 12 It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ 13 It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ 14 No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.

15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.

17 “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, 18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.

19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  

V. 15, “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death…  

 

V.16, For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.  

 

To choose the road that leads to life is to first choose to love the Lord your God.  

We love God by expressing our gratitude to Him.

 

V.16, …and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations…

 

John 14:21 (NLT), Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”  

 V. 16,by walking in his ways.

 

V. 16b, If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.

 

V. 15, Today I am giving you a choice between life and death… 

 

V. 17a, “But if your heart turns away…

 

V. 17b,  …and you refuse to listen…

 

v.17c, ...and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods… 


V. 18, … then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.  


Vv. 11-14; “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. 12 It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ 13 It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ 14 No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.  

There is nothing difficult or mysterious or obscure or unattainable about the road to life!

 

Sometimes the things we think will lead to the good life, really lead to death instead.

 

Proverbs 14:12 (NET) There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. 

What are the secret altars to false gods in your life?

 

V. 19, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.

 

V. 19b, Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!