9/30/2007 ~ A Fork in the Road

... that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself
His own special people, zealous for good works. ~ Titus 2:11-14

We should look forward to those wonderful things promised zealously.

... and he went on his way rejoicing. ~ Acts 8:36-39
                └─> The eunuch was energized and excited about being a Christian.

We all have times in our lives where we have to make decisions.

                                                                           (food, clothing)
                  ┌──── 1) Superficial Choices – short term decisions.
───────┼──── 2) Longer Term – job, career, home, spouse
                  └──── 3) Spiritual Choices – determines fate of the soul.
                                                                   (Whom we assemble, desires)

Our spiritual choices would include doctrines we decide to follow or not.

He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go ...
~ Luke 9:57-62

God is waiting for to see what we commit to.

... "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
~ Matthew 17:5

Hear and obey OR justify self.

... But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?" ... ~ Luke 10:25-33

Our good actions do not necessarily mean submission to God.

  ● Individual
  ● Community
  ● Advocate
Decision Groups.  

God ultimately desires devoted individuals 24/7.

... "Let us go into the house of the LORD." ~ Psalm 122:1

The most important things in life
~ many are told they can’t talk about in school.
Individual Soul Salvation.

"... But the sound of singing I hear." ~ Exodus 32:17-18
└─> They forgot the Lord.          

... And about three thousand men of the people fell that day. ~ Exodus 32:28
People get killed for there choice to go against God. <─┘                                   

And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become
accursed when you take of the accursed things, ... ~ Joshua 6:18-21

The warning has always been.

... Achan answered Joshua and said, "Indeed I have sinned against the Lord
God of Israel, and this is what I have done: ... ~ Joshua 7:18-26

 └─> For those that should know better, the consequences are real regardless.

Direct defiance of God's instructions have led to death.

                     People continued to turn from God. <─┐
... you have built for yourselves an altar, that you might rebel this day
against the Lord? ~ Joshua 22:10-16

There are consequences for our decisions, choices in life.

... an altar, not for burnt offering nor for sacrifice, but that it may be a
witness between you and us and our generations after us, ... ~ Joshua 22:26-27

└─> They wanted a more permanent commitment of unity for God.  

Now no chastening seems to be joyfull for the present, but painful;
nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit ... ~ Hebrews 12:11-13

We should be glad to have those that help correct each other.

... warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak,
be patient with all. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:14

... Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?
~ 2nd Corinthians 11:29

Paul earnestly desired all to repent
and none led into sin were without his intense concern.

... and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented
of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:20-21

... he who turns a sinner from error of his way will save a soul from death
and cover a multitude of sins. ~ James 5:19-20

... fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
~ 1st Peter 4:8

What is your choice?

┌─> Jesus drew the line.
"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

... "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him and make Our home with him. ... ~ John 14:23-24

Do you want to be at home with God?

Either you are with God 100% or you are against Him

"He who is not with Me is against Me, ... ~ Luke 11:23

"... because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will vomit you out of my mouth." ~ Revelation 3:15-16

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Are you HOT for God and His message?





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