"We have free will to choose to either sacrifice or destroy." ~Mika Sobottka
...hhmmm...I've been pondering those words...
What path we walk on is a choice.
What actions we make is a choice.
What direction our lives go in is a choice.
Lusting for what we cannot have is a choice.
My husband knew full well what the consequences of his choices would be. You see, he was unfaithful in the early years of our marriage. I forgave and did spiritual warfare for years for him to repent and return to the LORD. He did. And our marriage went on. But, he was told what the consequences would if he should ever turn his back on The LORD again or be unfaithful to me again. So, in his choices to lay with other women - to embrace their families and provide a lifestyle for them - he knew exactly what the consequences would be.
He chose to destroy - to destroy his family, his reputation, his earnings, his friendships.
Divorce is the outcome of his choices.
Tearing apart our family is his choice.
Putting a huge dent in the finances that he has worked so hard over his lifetime to procure is a result of his choices.
And all his choices have led to destruction.
How different the outcome of our lives would be if he had only made the choice to sacrifice his urges to fornicate and deceive; to sacrifice his lust for the "forbidden fruit" of an other's tree. After all, The LORD was present in Joe's decision making process (Joel3:12) and He provided an avenue of escape to the tempting thoughts that came to Joe (I Cor. 10:13). But, Joe chose to destroy rather than sacrifice.
No man is an island. Every choice we make, ultimately, affects the lives of someone else. Joe's non-sacrificial choices have affected many.
The depravity (lust of the flesh, of the eyes, and the pride of life) of the human soul to choose destruction over life is a challenge to my sensibilities.
But, from the time of Adam and Eve that depravity has been in play. That is the way of this world. I thank God that I am no longer of this world though. I walk according to The Spirit and not my flesh.
I choose life.
I choose sacrifice - sacrificing the flesh in order to continue to walk via The Spirit of The Living God.
Deep calls unto deep. I'm diving into the deeper waters of The Spirit-led life. And, hopefully, over time my choices' affects will produce grander fruit than Joe's choices of destruction. I have to believe they will.
Because of Him and Unto Him,