Life is full of times when choices are to be made. Usually the age of abstract reasoning is considered to be 7. Learning takes place in the home, in schools, churches and anywhere else, through all one is exposed to. The mind works in amazing ways, categorizing it all, determining what to accept or not.
Within each person, God places a desire for Him - a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). In Psalm 19:1-4 is written, "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world."
"Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth'" (Genesis 1:26). What a job description! A decision was made by Adam that changed history from the point it was made. Right away in Genesis 3:14-15, the consequences were set forth because of it. "And the Lord said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
In Galatians 3:16-18 is written, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was 430 years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise." The Law that was presented through Moses showed the need for a Savior.
God provided a master plan to have His Holy Spirit within all those who received the free gift by grace that Jesus made available by the price He paid on the cross and the stripes He bore (Eph. 2:8-9; Matt. 8:17; John 3:16-17).
Throughout time archaeologists, historians and those who study Biblical prophecies have found the Bible stands on truth. The biggest accomplishment is when lives are changed! "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17). There is a life changing choice to believe and live one's life based on His (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20). What will your decision be?
- Balliet is Eastern Regional Director of John G. Lake Ministries in Williamsport.