When I was little, we visited a sports apparel store at the mall. Being of superior intelligence, I made my way immediately to a display of protective cups, grabbed a cup, placed it over my mouth and yelled, “look mom, I’m a doctor!” I was very proud of my discovery and didn’t understand when my mom quickly pulled me away from the display. I wasn’t the only gifted child. One of my favorite pictures of my brother from our childhood is him sitting on the toilet pretending to read the newspaper upside down. Yes, we were smart children and I am sure my parents were very proud.
I hope images from your own childhood are flashing through your mind right now. I would venture to say that we have all made some choices that left our parents truly wondering about our intelligence.
I wonder what God has thought about some of my choices? I wonder if He has ever wondered what happened to the brain that He placed in my pretty little head? I know that there have been plenty of times where He has nudged me away from that particular display in hopes to restore some dignity to my life.
I have been reminded recently that every day we are faced with a choice. We are either going to make decisions that honor God or we are going to make decisions that honor the world. And we all know who is being allowed to rule the world right now. And he is our enemy, and he seeks to kill and destroy us, one poor decision at a time.
Our only defense in this spiritual battle is to let God rule our hearts, our minds and our choices. We must stand for God and let the enemy know that we are sealed, restored, redeemed and liberated from this world, one God decision at a time.
Come on folks, let’s choose the right protection! 😉
Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 10:6-10 MSG