The gloves are off. We are in a bare knuckle brawl. The Kingdom of Darkness and all of the forces of evil are giving the battle all that they have. The defeated Satan has them convinced they are right and they can win. These are not battles on the fringe, but we are witnessing the front and center actions by an angry mob. Respect and decorum are gone. As the defeated Satan always does, he convinces those involved they are so right that they can do no wrong. Wrong is justified. There is nothing new here. This is the same old playbook from the Garden. There is never a right reason to do wrong. Yet somehow, we convince ourselves that there is.
In the Great Book of Learning, or the Book of Kingdoms as it is sometimes referred to, our actions and our reactions in every situation are clearly spelled out. What is presented does not always agree with conventional wisdom, nor do we always find the directions acceptable or satisfactory. And, the way our world is designed by our Creator/Designer, we get to choose our action and/or reaction, and when we choose our action we choose our outcome, or our results. As much as we may not want to acknowledge this fact, our results are the results/outcomes of what we have chosen by our chosen actions. This is Good News! If we are not happy with our present experience, we can acknowledge our discontent and make the decision to choose an action that will change our experience. Our outcome always follows our decision for our choice of actions. We must make informed choices based on our agreement with our Creator who has established good choices for our desired good outcomes. We are encouraged and challenged in the scriptures to make good choices. Can it be that simple? Do our outcomes follow our choices?
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Deuteronomy 30: 19,20 NLT
Love and obedience describe the choice of an active, living relationship of fellowship. We choose life.