Message by Pastor Percy Ocansey – Walk2Live.com
You are where you are now; due to the decision that you took yesterday. The most powerful tool that God gave you is your ability to make a decision.
Genesis 2:16-17; “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.
Although God wanted man to eat of the tree of life, He did not force him to do it. Neither did God put the tree of life into him but instead, God gave man free will. He gave him freedom of choice.
God created man with freedom of choice because He is The Great God; so He does not force people to accept his opinion. If you compel others to take your way, it proves that you are a small person. If you are a great man, you will never force people to accept you. You will always give them the room to make their choice.
Deuteronomy. 30:15-16; “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it”.
No man who is great or honourable will coerce people in making a choice. Likewise, God is great, He is so attractive as the God of glory. God did not place man in front of Him exclusively, thus compelling man to choose Him. He placed man before two trees, confronting him with a choice. God is honourable and attractive.
When Satan, the adversary of God, accused Job to God. He asked God, “Why does Job worship You? He worships You only because You bless him. If You take away all these blessings, Job will forsake You and renounce You to Your face” Job 1:9-11. In other words, Satan told the Lord that He was bribing Job to worship Him and that if He did not bribe him, Job would forsake Him. Job worships God out of his own free will.
God is the same today. He never forces anyone to accept Him. When the Lord Jesus came, He did not coerce people into following Him. He presented Himself to people, but always respected their freedom of choice.
2 Peter 1:3; “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”.
Regardless of what people might offer you, you should never renounce the Lord Jesus. Our Lord is too dear, too precious and too attractive for this reason; the Lord Jesus Christ MUST be our unique choice.
Dear Lord God of heaven and earth, praise be your Holy name. I plead you guide me and give me wisdom in making the right choices in life that I might glorify you with my life. In Jesus Christ name. Amen.