Choose Life

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” – Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)*

My pastor was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his chest last spring but was finally declared cancer free. Preaching on the Lord’s Prayer yesterday, he said he had struggled last year to accept the will of God, i.e. “your will be done” (Luke 11:2). This man prayed desperately for life but feared that God’s will might be his death. This is absurd! Those who want to live will live.

Rise and be healed in the name of Jesus
Let faith arise in your soul
Rise and be healed in the name of Jesus
He will bless you and make you whole.

Life-is-a-GiftGod is the author of life, the Jehovah-Rapha who heals us (Exodus 15:26). It is his will that we live and not die (Psalm 118:17). God has no pleasure in the death of sinners (Ezekiel 18:23, 32). He commands us to “turn and live,” to choose life for ourselves, our families, and our nations (18:32). God wants us to be healed in Jesus’ name in order to bring him glory. Knowing the will of God for believers is life rather than death, we should pray boldly for physical and spiritual healing.

We live in a culture of death today. Abortion, euthanasia, and genocide abound. How did this happen? The visible church not only left the public square but also refused to be salt and light. She has decided that life is not the will of God and has fallen in love with death. Yesterday was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, but my church didn’t honor it as usual. They didn’t mention the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Wednesday either. How many churches are just like this one? They don’t have the boldness to speak up for life today. Nor do they have the faith to declare life over sick or dead bodies and hearts (Ezekiel 37:1-10).** God doesn’t do “many mighty works” among them “because of their unbelief” (Matthew 13:58).

911Babies altar abortion satanThere was a time when occult and Eastern religion practitioners could not physically enter America. God’s light and power, via the church, repelled them. Now such people enter American churches all the time and feel no resistance. The same is true of spiritual death in the form of abortion, which is really child sacrifice and witchcraft. Satan works only where he’s given permission. The church has given it to him by refusing to choose life.

A stronghold of death has been erected in this nation, but through spiritual warfare (prayer) we can tear it down. Let us plead the life-giving blood of Jesus over ourselves and our families. Let us choose life, both physical and spiritual, so that we and our children may live.

Choose life, that you might live
The life that He gives, He gives you forever
Choose life, the way that is true
From the One who chose you, your Father in heaven
Choose life
— Big Tent Revival (YouTube)

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* All Scripture verses are NKJV, unless otherwise noted.

** See the following passages for miracles of physical healing (resuscitations): 1 Kings 17:17-24, 2 Kings 4:19-37, 13:21; Matthew 9:18-25, Luke 7:11-16, John 11:1-44, Acts 9:36-41.

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