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Choices  - Independence Day 2012  


Greetings in the precious name of Jesus

I’d like to speak today on Choices and Independence Day. And I hope that you all have a delightful holiday and a safe one as well. We’ll be making some choices about what we’re going to do this holiday and many will be in the back yards setting of fireworks and grilling out. Yes, Sparklers, fire crackers, and roman candles going off in the back yards which can be very dangerous if we make some wrong choices about how we handle them and oversee the children and grandbabies setting them off and such. And as for our nation’s celebrating? Well many cities will be having displays.

Connie girl and I usually watch the Nashville fireworks display down on the river on TV. Yes sir, everyone American will be celebrating for sure. But you know? I kinda wonder sometimes if we understand what we are celebrating. What our forefathers went thru and the choices that they made in the making of our constitution and how that God was in the center of all we are and are about.  I’m afraid though, that these past 50 or 60 years we Americans have forgotten and have made some truly bad choices. Yes, choices as individuals and as a nation. But I’m not going in that direction today because we can see what’s been going on.      

But today I have a great story and I just want to say that I hope that your week will be a delightful one and that God will be blessing you in everything you touch or do. (smile) All in all it has been good here at the Bar-K-Ranch and God has truly blessed. A balance of sunny and rainy days, failures and success with this computer, but this morning the sun is shining the hummers are outside my window and all is quiet here in the house. Well for the most part that is. (smile) Anyway, my Connie girl has been busy planting flowers and canning already and I’ve gotten to ride my Bike and ride some in the 54 Chevy. But today I’d like to start off with a story.


And this story which I’m using this morning, I pray, will help us understand more about the choices we make. Well, I’ve been praying and pondering about it for some time now and this morning the Holy Spirit come on the scene… So here is the story and message for today as the Holy Spirit gives it to me and I praise God for allowing me to bring it to you all… You see:


George was a man of renown and greatly respected in his community. He had a nice home, a lovely wife, and three beautiful children. George was a hard working business man and was never late on the job. He took his wife and children to church every Sunday. He always seemed to have time for all the extra activities and went with his children to all the school functions, even on outings to the zoo and hikes in the woods so the family could enjoy the marvels of God’s creation… Yes, to look at George you would never know that he had a problem in the world.


But when George was growing up and all through his school years he was the kid who all the other children would laugh at. You see, George was color blind. Now, that doesn’t sound so bad unless your twelve years old and walking to school with one black shoe and one brown one.  Or your socks were mismatched and different colors. Sometimes George would wear a blue t-shirt and a brightly colored pink or orange outer shirt and a cap which was red. Now put all of that together and he looked like a walking circus clown.


Even the teacher would sometimes take George aside and scold him for his disrupting her class because of his attire. I guess the only thing which would have made it worse would have been if his name would have been, as Johnny Cash’s song goes, ‘A Boy Named Sue’… The bad part was that his mom was also color blind and couldn’t help George in his dilemma. So you can imagine how hard life could be growing up and not being able to choose which clothes to pick out every morning and knowing that you’d be laughed at every single day of the week. 


Well George went on to college only to find that when he would walk across campus the boys would slap their knees in laughter and the girls would point at him and snicker. Yes, life was hard on George and all because he couldn’t choose the colors which would match when picking out his clothes to wear. That is until he met Blanch. George was in his senior year when Blanch came into his life and soon after their graduation, George and Blanch became engaged. The problem was that George had trouble finding work. He was smart enough and personable but wearing mismatched clothes to be interviewed for a job was, well to say the least was disastrous.


But it was Blanch who came to George’s rescue. She began stopping by George’s house every evening and picking out his outfit for the next day and it wasn’t long before George landed a great job. He and Blanch got married and began raising their family. Now every morning when George would get up his clothes were all laid out for him neatly on the bed. Yes George, the mismatched boy all through school and college was now the best dressed man at work. What a difference his life became and all because of his neat appearance.


Yes, the impeccable taste of Blanch had made all the difference in the world in George’s life and all because she knew what clothes to choose and lay out for him to wear. George now had a nice home, a lovely wife, and great family and all because of choices which had been made… What a happy ending and all because of right choices. Blanch chose which clothes for George to wear and because of her immaculate taste, George’s life became a success. But George had chosen Blanch for his wife. Choices, now isn’t that what life is all about? Making choices! But more importantly, making the right choices.


Luke 10; 38, 42

[38] Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
[39] And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
[40] But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
[41] And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful
and troubled about many things:
[42] But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.


Just as in our story, George had made a choice and a good one for his life and that of his family and so must we, you and I, make daily choices. But what kind of choices we make can be as defining as the ones George had made. All through school and college he had made poor choices and the results were horrific. But then he made a wonderful choice and by choosing Blanch for his wife turned his life completely around. That one particular choice changed his life for the better. And so, what about you today? What kind of choices have you made in your life? Good ones? Bad ones?


As you can see by the scripture text, Mary had chosen the good part and that good part was Jesus. Yes, Jesus is the ultimate and unsurpassed choice which you and I can make in our lives. Many people go through their whole lives making choices and their lives are empty and vain because they have never chosen Jesus. Some have chosen Jesus but as Martha in our text are cumbered with things of this world and although they are saved have never tasted all that Jesus has for them. They are saved but have never sat at the feet of Jesus and allowed Him to completely bless them in their daily lives…


The first and most important choice in our lives must be Jesus. For without Him there is nothing but daily bedlam and the pangs of hell to look forward to at life’s end. But even after choosing Jesus there is more than life in Heaven. There is life right here on this earth if we are willing to sit as His feet and allow Him to pick out our clothes for each day… Our daily spiritual walk can be one of bliss if you and I will only allow Him to guide us.


Think on this a moment. What good would it have done George if after Blanch had laid out his outfit to wear he had chosen not to wear it but went to the closet and picked out something on his own? Why yes, he would have been a walking catastrophe, wouldn’t he? So then, why is it that some will choose Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour but then not choose to follow the daily guidance of Christ which lives within them, the Holy Spirit. They have the One who will pick out the very best for them each day but inadvertently will go to the closet of life and pick their own choosing, which more often than not is the wrong choice.


Why is it that we will do this? Yea, I am as guilty as the next person here. Days when we jump out of bed and with our hair on fire, tear out into the world without taking the time to sit at the feet of Jesus and see what He has for us that day. No time for reading His word, no time for prayer,  no time for seeking His guidance for that day… Just no time to sit at His feet… And so here’s my question for you today… Why don’t you and I make it a point to start our day off with sitting at the feet of Jesus? And then let’s choose to follow His guidance and leading in what ever coarse He lay out before us. For in so doing we will find this is not only wise but rewarding as well.


Yes choices. If today have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, then your first choice can only be that of acceptance of His salvation. But for you who are a child of God, wouldn’t you be happier and wiser, to set at the feet of Jesus each day? Of coarse you would. So then do it!

Make that daily choice starting today. You’ll be happy you did…   Well Glory!


My Goodness, where has the time gone?
I do pray that you’ve enjoyed today’s message and I do so look forward to having you come again next week – Same Time, Same Station - as together we praise, honor, and worship Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Our precious Saviour, Jesus.


Also today, if you’ve been listening and have never made that decision to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour and become a child of God - or -  you’re not sure where you stand concerning your salvation:


Then I invite you to visit my web site at; www.jimkeelingministries.com  and scroll down to the page link which says; What Must I do to be Saved? Just click that and find how you can become a child of God. It’s the very most important decision you’ll ever make…


And I do Thank you so much for coming and so, until we meet again,


May the angels watch over you this next week and may Our Heavenly Father fill your hearts in His love and give you that victory in Jesus.


             Bro. Jim Keeling







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