Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/13/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 21:8 Tell all the people, “This is what the LORD says: Take your choice of life or death!…”

Life is a choice. We do not choose whether or not we are born, but we choose whether or not we are born again. We alone can make the decision whether or not we will believe and accept Jesus as our Savior. No one can avoid making the choice. God has revealed himself sufficiently to everyone so that they can make a decision in their heart to believe in Him or not.

No one will miss out on heaven because they did not have a chance to believe in God. Each will be held responsible for the knowledge they have been given.

One of life’s greatest tragedies is when someone takes away or destroys the ability of another to choose. Every human being deserves the opportunity to choose whom he will serve and the type of life he will live. I believe God will hold everyone who robs another of their right to choose, whether it be by force or deception, responsible for it.

We also choose the type of life we live in Him. For some, Jesus in nothing more than a good fire insurance policy. For others, Jesus is Lord. We choose whether or not we live in victory or defeat. We have no one to blame but ourselves if we don’t allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives.

Every day we make choices regarding our eternal destiny. We choose whether or not we are going to sin against God or not. We choose whether or not we are going to learn more about what sin is so we can know what to do in order to please God. We choose what we are going to invest our lives in, the pleasures of earth or the pleasures of heaven. We choose and God holds us accountable for our choices. Choose to live life today in Christ. Choose to align yourself up with His holiness. It is the pathway to heaven.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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