The Power of Choice
Rewards of Resisting Temptation
Be encouraged with the following testimony from a Mom who chose obedience over comfort.
“The trajectory of my life changed during a Daniel fast. I felt convicted that I was using wine as a crutch to deal with stress. The Holy Spirit revealed I was turning to wine for comfort instead of turning to Him; therefore, I chose to give up wine. I learned that anything that comes before Him was an idol, and God wanted all of me. My obedience led to a fresh fire that ignited in my heart and touched my family.
The story of Jesus leaving the ninety-nine to get the one, is my story. I accepted the Lord when I was five, but my life went through various troubling seasons. Sometimes I felt as close to God as my breath, but some…He was barely on my radar. He’s always loved me enough to bring me back and to let me know how important I was to Him. Through this fast, I learned that depending on wine wasn’t keeping God from speaking to me, it was keeping me from hearing Him. God is very patient and is always speaking. When I decided to answer His call, He was there waiting to lavish blessings on me. Because I turned to Him, I began to hear Him more clearly. I also had a fresh desire to read the Word, listen to sermons, witness, pray and share my testimony.
Soon I began seeing fruit from my prayers. As a family, we read the Word together, the children chose their own Bibles and we spent more time sharing. One discussion that impacted our future related to the children attending VBS. They were learning about the Israelites journey in the wilderness. My son said, “We’ve been studying Moses. Let’s read Exodus”. I said “Okay, let’s start with Chapter Four”. My daughter asked “Why don’t we start with Chapter One?” I knew the Holy Spirit was guiding us. We started reading about Moses’ burning bush experience and how God was going to kill Moses. My daughter was confused. “Why would God tell him to do something and then try to kill him the next day?” I admitted I would have to get back to her. After researching, I found that Moses didn’t circumcise his son, so God was going to kill Him (God was demonstrating the importance of obedience and that his son must be circumcised before he could perform the assignment God had given him). Herman Hanko shed light on something, “Let us not take God’s anger at Moses lightly. Let us not take the importance of baptizing our children lightly. And let us not deny that baptism is a sacrament that takes the place of circumcision, now that Christ has come”.
Although this article was talking to parents about sharing the importance of baptism to their children, I knew what God was saying to me. I believed it was time to talk about baptism but I wasn’t sure how to bring it up. While at lunch, a friend asked about our summer plans. I said we were going to visit family and my nephew was going to be baptized. Overhearing our conversation, my son tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Have I ever been baptized?” I said, “No”; and He said, “I want to get baptized”. (My husband had been baptized in January and the kids took a baptism class in 2017, but expressed no interest).
I believe if I hadn’t been walking so closely with the Holy Spirit for the last six months, I wouldn’t have experience such joy! To think I was planning to have the conversation about baptism, but now my son asked me!!! The Holy Spirit was preparing his heart and my daughter, that this was God’s desire.
After we got home, I asked my son if he had ever said the sinner’s prayer. He said, “No”. I held his hands and with voice quivering and tears forming, he called out to God. He said something beautifully short and heartfelt. I was so touched when he said, “Thank you, God, for all the miracles you are doing in my life”. At eight years old, he realized the events that had led to his salvation were indeed a miracle.
As a parent, this has been so encouraging to see how my obedience led to a renewed fire of the Holy Spirit and my closer walk led to more prayers and eventually led to the salvation of my children. “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,” Zechariah 4:10. With God, nothing is small!
When God asks you to do something, to remove something, or to sacrifice something, do it! The amount of blessing you will receive from following God will far outweigh any temporal pleasures. It’s amazing how much a simple act of obedience can completely change your life, your sphere of influence and the world around you. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, something that seems minor, or like it may only affect you, has the ability to impact an entire generation. “Jesus replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it,’” Luke 11:28.