Daily Devotional – 9/30/13 “Choose a side!”

In the red corner we have a man who offers temptations, hate, conflict, tears, pain and suffering, stuff that tears you down, people who stab you in the back, who try to speak death in your life, dig an early grave for you and then will throw dirt on you when you fall, people who like to see you down and out, those who laugh when you ask for help and take joy in seeing the tears you shed. He doesn’t have any wins under his belt but he puts up a hell of a fight. He likes to hit below the belt or when you’re off balance and even goes in for the kill when he thinks you’re almost out. Yes ladies and gentleman, in this corner fighting for his first victory … “The Enemy.”

In the white corner we have the undefeated, undeniable champion who has won all His battles by way of knock out. He has faced this opponent many times and each time the white corner is victorious because He allows the enemy to throw all the punches until he eventually gets tired. Yea, sometimes, He has to go all 10 rounds but that’s because not all battles are easy to win, yet, He doesn’t waver in the ring because He has strength that endures. He doesn’t have to take a timeout to regroup because He has a trainer that taught Him well and prepared Him in advance. He doesn’t need an entourage of folks around him because He found that those closest to you can be your enemy. He doesn’t need to vitamins just vigilant vessels. He doesn’t need an energy drink but eager workers! Yes ladies and gentleman, I introduce you to this Man, Jesus.

Now as you stand in the middle, choose your side. The red side offers death but the white side gives life. The red side offers sleepless nights but the white side gives rest. The red side gives storms but the white side gives shelter during the storm. The red side gives heartache but the white side gives mercy. The red side gives sickness but the white side gives healing. The red side gives pain but the white side turns it into praise. The red side gives suffering while the white side gives salvation. The red side gives grief but the white side gives grace. So, whose side will you choose? Now the red side will make it look like it is all roses until you reach for the stem and get pricked with a thorn and he will even make all your days look sunny until you leave the house with no umbrella. Yea, there are some bad days on the white side but Jesus has promised that on your darkest days, He’ll be there, when you ask of Him, he will come and when you can no longer stand, He’ll carry you. So, whose side will you choose?

“If you think it is wrong to serve the Lord, choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods your fathers worshiped on the other side of the river, or choose the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

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