May the Lord stir you concerning His nearness and interest in
you by touching your heart, by angels ministering around
your bed and by speaking to you in dreams.
”But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may
tell of all Your works.” (Ps.73:28, NASB)
It is difficult to even remember you have a choice when you are pinned to the ground and the inevitable, unavoidable and inescapable is in your face like a 400lb., full grown, male lion! In a true safari record, a hunter shot a lion, but it kept coming and hit the man with a full-body-force lunge that slammed the man on his back and flung his rifle into the tall grass! Nailed to the ground, the hunter was about to be eaten. It was inevitable, unavoidable and inescapable, but the man CHOSE LIFE. He stuck his hand in that monster’s gaping mouth and grabbed its tongue, twisted it and shoved it back into the lion’s throat. The desperate grip kept the tongue at such an angle that the lion couldn’t even shut his jaw. That hunter lay there, determined to follow through on his choice while the hot breath of his enemy filled his nostrils and thick saliva slimed down his arm and every bone in the man’s body vibrated under the growl of the glaring beast. The man continued the choke-hold for forty-five minutes while his guide ran for the jeep and returned to run over the lion and kill it! Choose Life, even in the face of the inevitable, unavoidable and inescapable.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Continuing to Choose Life“ which was published in SEEC Magazine -Volume 19 Issue 6. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
May you receive refunds and replacements where needed and
may people and companies admit overcharges and correct
and give proper credit on your accounts.
”A false balance and unrighteous dealings are extremely offensive
and shamefully sinful to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.”
Since choice can be an automatic reflex, we must train ourselves to CHOOSE LIFE. Of course, re-training ourselves is not a stroll in the park. Re-training is never easy because we can’t take down-time to work on it. Re-training happens during real-life problems that just can’t be scheduled. They never come at a good time. Hell’s attacks are never fair. It is very difficult to contradict your emotions, especially when you’ve cried enough to salt a creek and used enough Kleenex to rub your nose right off your face. How do you choose life when you are dealing with relationship issues with someone who won’t even try? How do you choose life when you’re weary because you’ve already made that choice for months, for years, yet you are still smothering in changelessness? It’s difficult to choose life, again and again, when you’re still in the grip of pain and it’s taunting you daily. But in spite of difficulty we must CHOOSE LIFE in order to bring CHANGE in our lifetime.
KATHY GABLER brings an encouraging word in this 3min. audio file.
“He is putting gates in your fences.”
May we see the hand of the Lord moving everywhere we look today.
May we see His possibilities. May we consider the supremacy and viability
of His Word in each situation and declare that supremacy and viability.
“At the end of ·that time [the days], I, Nebuchadnezzar, ·looked up [L lifted my eyes] toward heaven [acknowledging God’s supremacy], and ·I could think normally again [ my reason was restored to me]! Then I ·gave praise to [blessed] the Most High God; I gave honor and glory to him who lives forever. “God’s ·rule is forever [ sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty], and his kingdom continues for ·all time [ all generations].” (Dan.4:34, Expanded Bible)
Something to understand about choice is that it is often a reflex. When we get boxed in by conditions and circumstances, we are likely to automatically make choices whether we mean to or not. An unconscious choice for many is to ignore or deny the cocoon and conditions. Or, without realizing it, we can choose to believe we have no choice and can only be a victim. It is also sometimes easy to choose to trust self or others instead of God. However, only choosing to trust God is choosing life.
(This is the seventh excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Continuing to Choose Life“ which was published in SEEC Magazine -Volume 19 Issue 6. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
KATHY GABLER gives a brief encouraging word:
“Escape From The Victim Syndrome”
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“As the people of God assemble today, may Jesus Himself and God our Father
surprise them in their midst with His gifts of help and edification and put a fresh,
courageous heart in each one and invigorate their work.
”So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.” (2Thess.2:15-17, Msg)