Pray The Psalms With Me, Psalm 4

This Psalm was written by David and has 8 verses. I believe it is about prayer, spending time with God and choices.

Prayer and choices have been very significant in my life lately. Following Jesus is not easy because it’s all about choosing Him. Our first choice in choosing Him is in our salvation moment. When Jesus is presented to us as Savior it is a choice to receive and believe Him. So, first I choose to believe Jesus is my sacrifice for my sin. I trust Him for this. I am then considered godly in God’s eyes because of my faith in Jesus. I have to choose to believe I am godly through my faith in Jesus. When I believe this I then will have faith that God hears and heeds my call. I will choose to spend quiet time with God to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading and correction. This is the way to live a Spirit life and not the fleshly one. When I have thoughts in my head I will choose Truth over lies. Satan tries to get us to believe his lies over God’s Truth. We have to know and believe God’s Word and His promises over Satan’s lies. I will choose to give God the glory and honor and not seek my own. Vanity is evil, stay away from it. Choose to be searching for God’s goodness in my life and look for His shining face. Choose to make myself aware of God’s presence in my life and I will be joyful and rejoice over the abundance of goodness that He gives. I can rest and sleep in His peace when I really choose to trust Him with my life.

Prayer

Thank you for free will to choose. Help me stay aware of this fact so that I can always choose You. I only want a life that includes You and I only want the life that You have planned for me. Help me to live it out. Thank you for Your abundant goodness in my life and I value Your peace, I can’t live without it. You are my life! I will listen to You in quiet moments to be able to follow You. Amen.

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Good Choices VS Evil Choices

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I have been questioning “good works” lately. Why is it so hard to do? I read in an e mail devotion that our good works are done out of our love for God because of what Jesus did for us. In the beginning of conversion this seems very easy while its new and fresh. But as years go by and we get further away from the experience it seems to get harder for some reason. God has helped me understand “how” to do the good works in my life in a simpler way. It’s all about choices.

We have it inside of us,  good and evil. It’s a choice. God has given us the ability to choose. This topic of choices has been coming up in my life lately. Every time we act on a good thought, it’s a good choice. When we act on evil thoughts, it’s a bad choice. If we want to live in unison with the Holy Spirit we will act on the good thoughts.

I watched a movie called Confessions of a Prodigal Son. It was about making choices in your life that correspond with the “character” you want to play in your story. Your life is your story. What character do you want to play? Your choices determine what character you will be.

Then I was watching a T.V. show with my daughter called Girl Meets World. It was focusing on good choices and evil choices. What we choose determines how our lives will be.

Last night in my Jesus Calling devotion for evening, it directed me to the scripture in Romans 8:6.  It reads, Now the mind of the flesh [ which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [ death comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the Holy Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. ( Joyce Meyer Everyday Bible AMP version) I read this and realized it goes with what has been coming up in my life about choice. If we choose fleshly thoughts it will lead to misery or even death but if we choose Holy Spirit led thoughts it will lead us to life and peace. My daughter’s teacher said yesterday, “If you just do what your suppose to do, you will be fine and everything will be good.” She meant following rules and directions in class but we can apply that to real life too. We need to stay vigilant and aware of the choices we are making in every moment. When a thought comes, decide whether it is good or evil. This is what the Bible means when it says take every thought captive. 2 Corinthians 10:5, We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ. It’s realizing or being aware of what choices we are making all through the day. The more good choices we make the better our lives will be and the better people we will become.

I wondered how to live according to the Spirit and God has shown me in the simplest way. Good thoughts lead to good works. Act on good thoughts which lead to a spirit filled life!