Each of us has the ability to make choices. We are not robots. We have been created with the ability to choose what we want to do. Yahweh wants us to choose LIFE.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 30:19, 20 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I blessing and cursing; That I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”
The choice we must choose is to obey Yahweh.
20 “that you may love Yahweh your Elohim, (God), that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which Yahweh swore to you fathers, to Avraham, Yitschaq, ( Isaac), and Ya’aqov (Jacob), to give them.”
Yahweh has created us with a free will. We can see this very clearly in the very first book of the Scriptures, the book of Bereshith (Genesis).
Bereshith 2:15-17 Then Yahweh Elohim took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And Yahweh Elohim commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
So we have learned from the Scriptures that man was created to work. This must have been the first command Yahweh told Adam, although we do not specifically read it the in this verse of Scriptures. Yahweh must have told Adam that the Garden was his place, and he needed to keep it in order. He needed to make sure the trees were cared for it. He had to make sure he was in charge of this treasure that he had been gifted with.
Man was not created to simply lay in the sunshine and let time pass by, as some may think in these days! Others may think that because Yahweh created weed, they excuse their drug habit saying: “Yahweh created the weed, therefore it is good.” But in the process they are destroying their brains. Absolutely, Elohim created all that exists, and it is good for the reason He has created it. He created roaches and worms, and other animals, like pigs, but not to eat them. They are good for purpose He has created them. We cannot choose wrong and blame it on Elohim.
Yahweh in the beginning, did not have anyone else on this planet except Adam, and he had to do work in order to eat. He has to make sure the Garden of Eden was kept clean and that no thieves would come in. He had to guard the garden. In other words He had to work for his sustenance! This is an amazing thing, is it not? Yahweh wanted man to use all the faculties he had given him. Now we know that Yahweh wanted man to obey Him, and to work. He did not create a person to simply survive until he would die.” Death did not exist yet, until Adam chose to disobey Yahweh’s command.
Bereshith (Genesis) 2:16-17 And Yahweh Elohim commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Adam chose to disobey Yahweh!
The reason we know man can make choices is the fact that the Creator Yahweh gave him freedom to obey Him or to disobey Him. Adam chose to disobey Yahweh, and death came upon men.
Sin has a consequence.
Because man disobeyed the command of His Creator, after the fall he had to work much harder. (Bereshith 3:10-12).
Before Adam sinned the work was easy, but now he would sweat to make a living and was removed from the Garden. He lost the personal daily encounter with His Creator. We do the same today. We have received commands from Yahweh. If we obey we get blessed, but if we disobey we have big problems.
and tend the garden, and he could eat of the trees in the garden. But he was forbidden to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The Creator has a plan for our lives, as much as He had for Adam.
The psalmist, King David, speaks of this.
Tehillim (Psalms) 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”
I emphasize the fact that Yahweh has a book written about us. He has created us and given us marvelous abilities to live on this planet. All He wants from each of us is to obey His House Rules, and we will succeed to accomplish what He has created us to be.
Because Yahweh is our Creator, and He knows us intimately, He has given each of us special abilities to be able to live on this planet and live a successful life.
Bereshith (Genesis) 1:26-27 Then Elohim 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 all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. “ 27 So Elohim created man in His own image; in the image of Elohim He created him; male a female He crated them. 28 Then Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, “ Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Bereshith 2:7 And Yahweh Elohim formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
We, who are alive today, have a choice to do what we want.
We have the choice to obey Yahweh or to disobey Him. If we obey Him we are blessed, but if we disobey Him we are cursed. We have the ability to choose to do good, or to do evil (Devarim 30:19-20 )
Devarim 28 :1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of Yahweh your Elohim, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that Yahweh your Elohim will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of Yahweh your Elohim.”
In Devarim 28 Yahweh gives us the list of all the blessings that follow our obedience. But beginning at verse 15 through verse 68 of this same chapter we can read about all the curses that follow us when we disobey Him.
What do we want to choose to do today, the blessings or the curses? Disobedience is a choice. We are not victims of situations. Difficulties and many challenges come to our lives every day, but we have a choice to choose life.
It is proven that our brain is created to respond positively to love, but goes wild when we chose hate. We function perfectly when we walk in love. But when we hate we damage our own brain. Our soul wants to be in harmony with our creator, and we are wise, if we choose to obey Him.
We cannot blame the brain for the sins of mankind. We cannot say that a person was depressed and therefore he chose to not go to work, and not to support his spouse and children. Worse yet! The man may have abused his wife and children and even killed them! Then the judge may says that he was incompetent, therefore he does not to go prison! No, this is not right! The man knew how to do good, but he chose evil. He was not born evil. Something happen in his life to cause to be bitter and eventually he chose to make other innocent people pay for his pain. He chose not to forgive, but kept the hate in his heart. Eventually demons completely took over. This is mostly the reason people become killers. One that knows how to do good, and does not do it sins.
Forgiveness is the key to freedom.
Yahoshua taught us to pray this way to the Father in heaven: “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sin of those who sin against us” (Matt. 6:12). When we choose to walk in unforgiveness, we are destroying ourselves and others. Alcoholism is a choice; and to take drugs is a choice. To steal is a choice, and all sin is a choice.
The sin is in the mind, and is part of our soul, and the choice is made in the mind, not the brain. The brain is only matter, and it cannot make choices. The mind is a blessing to us. We have been gifted with the ability to make choices, but if we make the wrong choice, we pay the consequences. was given to us to help us We must go back to basics, and obey Yahweh. Get wisdom and obey the Word which will lead to life.
Mishley (Proverbs) 3:19 Yahweh by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes- Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. 23 Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”
Choose Yahoshua, the only Ben (Son) of Yahweh for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, (Yochanan 14:6).
Choice is a special gift from Yahweh to mankind, which are you and me. Choose Life today, and live.