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Summary: lIfE IS FILLED WITH CHOICES, CHOICES THAT AFFECT US EVERY DAY, IN EVERYTHING WE DO. OUR CHOICES NOT ONLY AFFECT US BUT OTHERS AS WELL.

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION

JOEL 3:2,12-14

LIFE IS FILLED WITH CHOICES, CHOICES THAT AFFECTS US EVERYDAY IN EVERYTHING WE DO, WHICH MEANS THAT EVERYDAY CHOICES IS NOT WITHOUT SIGNIFICANCE.THEREFORE, WHAT WE CHOOSE TO DO NOT ONLY AFFECT US BUT OTHERS ALSO. WHETHER WE SEE THE RESULTS IMMEDIATELY OR NOT. WHAT IS A DECISION? IT IS TO SETTLE, DETERMINE, OR BRING TO RESOLUTION, OR RESOLVE IN OTHER WORDS, TO DECIDE OR TO MAKE UP ONES MIND.

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL OF US THE CHOICE TO MAKE UP OUR OWN MINDS ABOUT WHETHER TO SERVE HIM OR NOT, WHETHER TO LIVE FOR HIM OR NOT. WHEN HE SAY’S’ CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE.’ DEUT. 30:19 SAYS, ’ I CALL HEAV EN AND EARTH TO RECORD THIS DAY AGAINST YOU. THAT I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU LIFE NAD DEATH, BLESSING AND CURSING, THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE, THAT BOTH THY AND THY SEED MAY LIVE’. GOD IS NOT A GOD THAT WILL FORCE HIS SELF ON ANYONE. BUT HAS GIVEN US AN OPTION AS TO WHAT WE WANT TO DO.

VERSE 20 SAYS,’ CHOOSE TO LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD AND TO OBEY HIM AND TO CLING TO HIM FOR HE IS YOUR LIFE AND THE LENGTH OF YOUR DAYS.’

THEN HE SAYS IN HIS WORD THAT ’ IT IS NOT MY WILL THAT ANY MAN SHALL PERISH THAT ALL WOULD COME TO REPENTENCE.

WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS TEXT WE FIND THAT GOD IS SENDING OUT A WARNING TO THE HEATHERN NATIONS. THOSE WHO DID NOT FOLLOW AFTER HIM, THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO PASS JUDGEMENT ON THEM. GOD WAS MAKING AN APPEAL TO THE LOST. NOW ISRAEL WAS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE AND GOD HAD WARNED THEM NO TO INTERMARRY WITH THE HEATHEN NATIONS OR TO MARRY IDOLS.[ CONSEQUENCES FOR DISOBEDIENCE]

OVER A PERIOID OF TIME ISRAEL HAD BEEN DISOBEDIENT TO GOD AND HAD ALLOWED THE HEATHEN NATION TO PERSUADE THEM TO DO OPPOSITE OF WHAT GOD HAD SAID NOT TO DO. BUT GOD IS A JUST GOD AND HE WAS NOT ONLY SENDING A WARNING TO THE NATIONS THAT WERE AGAINST HIM, BUT HE WAS ALSO GIVING THOSE WHO HAD TURNED AWAY FROM HIM A CHANCE TO REPENT AND TURN BACK TO HIM.

EVERYDAY IS A CHANCE TO GET THINGS RIGHT WITH GOD. DON’T TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED.

READ VERSE1-CAPTIVITY-RESTORATION

READ VERSE 2- GATHER ALL NATIONS-TYRE, SIDON, THE GRECIANS, THE SEABEANS

PLEAD-A DIVINE PLEA FOR HIS PEOPLE

PROV. 1:23, TURN YOU AT MY REPROOF [REPENT] BEHOLD, I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT INTO YOU [ HIS SPIRIT PROMISED], I WILL MAKE KNOWN MY WORDS UNTO YOU [ INSTRUCTIONS] YOU WILL GAIN WISDOM.

ISA. 1:18,’ COME NOW, AND LET US REASON TOGETHER, SAITH THE LORD, THOUGH YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET, THEY SHALL BE WHITE AS SNOW, THOUGH THEY BE RED LIKE CRIMSOM, THEY SHALL BE WOOL.’

GOD IS SAYING THAT NO MATTER HOW DEEP THE STAIN OF YOUR SINS MAY BE, HE COULD REMOVE THEM. GOD WAS MAKING A PLEA FOR HIS PEOPLE. EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE IN THE VALLEY OF JEHOSHAPHAT OR THE VALLEY OF DECISION, HE STILL PLEADED FOR THEM TO RETURN, BECAUSE JUDGEMENT WAS ABOUT TO FALL.

PROV. 1 BECAUSE I HAVE CALLED AND YE REFUSED, I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HAND AND NO MAN REGARDED. [ THE INVITATION BEING EXTENDED SUNDAY AFTER SUNDAY].

EZE. 18:31, ’ THEREFORE, I WILL JUDGE EACH OF YOU, O ISRAEL ACCORDING TO YOUR ACTIONS, SAITH THE LORD, TURN FROM YOUR SINS; DON’T LET THEM DESTROY YOU. PUT ALL YOUR REBELLION BEHIND YOU AND GET FOR YOURSELVES A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT, FOR WHY SHOULD YOU DIE’.


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