It’s Time to Make a Choice!

I’m writing this post because like God, I desire that no one would perish but that all will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. As I look around, I’m concerned because I see the world growing darker day by day with sin and lawlessness increasing everywhere. Therefore, I want to share some life-changing knowledge with you!

Every person’s life consists of four parts: birth, life, death, and eternity.

  • birth – No one has a choice in their birth details–who their parents will be, where, when, or how they will be born.
  • life – We all make continual choices from infancy throughout our lives. Have you ever seen a baby choose to refuse their bottle or choose to have a tantrum?
  • death – We don’t have the right to chose when or how we will die.
  • eternity – We have a choice as to where we will spend eternity.

Joshua 24:15 declares “Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” God does not want any robots serving Him. He is not a rapist; He will not force Himself on you. He is a gentlemen. He allows you to choose whether or not you will serve Him.

Jesus said in John 3:18 “He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

I chose Jesus over 30 years ago and I have no regrets about being a child of God and being a citizen of the Kingdom of God, which is the Kingdom of Light. In fact, by experience I can tell you that things go better with Jesus! King Solomon, the wisest man besides Jesus, learned that life without God is meaningless!

Who did you choose? Not choosing is a choice!

To choose Jesus, please repeat the Sinner’s Prayer. Dear God, I ADMIT I was born a sinner. I BELIEVE Jesus is your Son who died on the cross for my sins, was buried, and arose from the dead. I CHOOSE Jesus and CONFESS Him as my Savior and Lord. Thank you Lord for saving me and filling me with your Spirit, in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

If you prayed this prayer sincerely from your heart for the first time, God has saved you just that quick. He has done spiritual surgery on you and has taken out your hard heart and replaced it with a soft heart. Go run tell someone you got saved, that you are now a child of God, that you are a Christian! Along with the angels in heaven, I am rejoicing that you have begun your new life in Christ!

It is my prayer that God will lead you to the Bible-believing, Bible-teaching Church of His choice. Email us at info@belindarstokes.net and we will send you information to help you in your new Christian journey!

God loves you and has a purpose and plan for your life!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Do you remember singing “yes, Jesus loves me” as a child in Sunday School? Whether you answered yes or no, I want to assure you that God has always loved you and will never stop loving you. God is omniscient (all-knowing) so He knows everything about you. God is omnipresent (everywhere at the same time) so He has seen everything you have ever done. Despite what He knows or has seen, His love for you is eternal and without any conditions.

John 10:10 declares, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Please note Jesus used the word “might”. You might have abundant life or you might not have abundant life. It depends on whose plan for your life that you choose to follow.

The thief, the devil, has a plan to steal your blessings, kill your dreams and your body, and to destroy your life. God’s plan for your life contains prosperity, no harm, a hope, and a future.

I have given you the two plans for your life. By decision or by default, you will have one of these plans for your life. Do you want your life to be stolen, killed, and destroyed? Or do you want to have eternal and the abundant life?

Why Was I Created? (Part 2) by Belinda R. Stokes

The third step is to assess what God has deposited within you.  God’s purpose for your life is determined by your makeup.  God has equipped you with the exact talents, spiritual gifts, and temperament needed to fulfill your purpose.  A clue to your purpose is what you are good at and what you like to do.  Consider the things that you are compassionate about, things that you hate, that cause anger, or grieve your spirit?  These things may help clarify your purpose.  God is intelligent.  If you don’t like working with children, the probability is great that your purpose is not in children’s ministry.

Your spiritual gifts are clues to your purpose.  A spiritual gift is a divine enablement. Each Christian has been given one or more spiritual gifts.  A spiritual gifts assessment will give you an idea about your gifting.  In your gifting lies the power and the anointing of God to get the job done.  As you operate in your gifts, there should be sweatless victory.  If you can’t do it, it is not for you to do.  We are accountable to God for the stewardship of our gifts.  Serving in the church or community will uncover your strengths, likes, dislikes, and the vocations at which you are adept.

Your God-given talents are also indicators of your purpose.  Some people have a natural ability to sing, write, play instruments, sports, etc.  The more your talents are utilized, the better they get. Remember the 5Ps–Persistent Practice Prevents Poor Performance!

A person’s temperament or personality is another clue to purpose.  Temperament is defined as the unusual personal make-up manifested by peculiarities of feeling, temper, actions, etc.  Taking a personality test will show the type of personality God has given you.

To summarize, knowing God, seeking Him for your purpose and, finding out what God has placed in you will aid in the discovery of your God-given purpose.  Once God reveals your unique purpose, its time to plan to fulfill it!