ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
We all make choices. Weekend of March 29th & 30th, 2003
Yes, we all make choices, we choose to belong to Christ Jesus or satan. We choose to do right or wrong, to be pro-Life or pro-abortion, to be faithful to our wives and families or be adulterers. And we choose who to listen to and believe concerning the war on terrorism, the President and his or Peter Jennings and his.
People have been making choices for a long time. Adam and Eve chose to disregard the Lord and harken unto the words of satan. Since then, men have historically chosen to follow the leaders of evil over the leaders of right. Since evil is the default, men of God have been challenging others to choose between God and satan ever since the fall of Adam and man.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve;
whether the God('s' the KJV refers to Gods here, plural, looking back at Genesis 1:27, God says, let us make man in our image, the our there and the Gods here, refer to the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.) which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15)
While all told Joshua that they would indeed follow the true and living God, many didn't. They made a choice, and the same choice is with us today. As we read Acts chapter fourteen, we will see the struggle between men who know God and their followers, and men who do not know God but instead know and serve satan, and their followers.
And it came to pass in Iconium, that they(Paul and Barnabas) went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. Long time therefore abode they(Paul and Barnabas) speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of His grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. And when there was an assault made both of(by) the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, they were aware of it, and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: And there they preached the gospel.
And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on thy feet." And he leaped and walked.
And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, "The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men." And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he(Paul) was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying,
"Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.
And there came thither(to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia) certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, after having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia: And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. And there they abode long time with the disciples. (Acts 14:1-28)
As you see in Acts 14, while Paul and Barnabas preached a first hand knowledge of Jesus, some believed them and others believed those who had no knowledge of either the Lord Jesus or the Scriptures that point to Him. And even after Paul healed a lame man, some thought that Paul and Barnabas were gods instead of abiding by the words preached by Paul and giving credit to the God of Creation, Christ Jesus who Paul had preached about. Today, many choose not to listen to experts, but to instead follow the lead of those who say "I think this or I think that." Many today, the majority it seems, would still rather choose stupidity, ignorance and lies over intelligence, fact and truth.
Jesus tells us that we have a choice. It is a simple choice, it is choose to serve Him, be Born Again and spend eternity with Him, the Father and the Holy Ghost in eternal bliss. Or ignore Him and choose to serve satan, spending eternity in the horrors, pain, suffering and everlasting fires of the lake of fire. A simple choice you would think, yet the majority of the world has chosen satan either directly or by default.
And the choices are not limited to that of between Christ and satan, for every day, in the news, we see people making a choice. On the one side is the President, the Secretaries of Defense, State, and Homeland Security, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chiefs of the US Military, General Franks, the Attorney General of the US, the FBI, CIA, Military Intelligence and a slew of other highly educated, highly informed men and women. On the other side there is a hand full of men and women who make their living by impersonating others both fictional and non fictional, the pundits of the media and a handful of a few second guessing retired men and women from the US Military.
Now, to most of you, choosing who to listen to, who to believe in this instance is about as much a no brainier as deciding who to serve, Christ or satan. But, it appears that worldwide, the majority have chosen to listen to and side with the ignorant instead of the learned. Stupid choices are not made just when it comes on who to serve, Christ or satan, but are made concerning other things as well. Whether to be faithful to one's family or be an adulterer. Whether to support Life or abortion, whether to believe the President and the learned or the impersonators, the media pundits, and the leftist politicians, the unlearned.
Or are they separate choices?
Could it be that we who choose to serve the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Lord of lords, King of kings, Christ Jesus, that through His grace and His opening of our eyes, make the right choices, while those who choose wrong, choose satan, choose stupidity in all other things as well?
May the Lord our God take pity on and open the eyes of those who follow the unlearned, the impersonators, the pundits and those who put political fortune ahead of National interest. May He bless the USA for the sakes of the few who are His and may He give us the opportunity, the strength and courage to preach His saving Grace to the blinded, the followers of the unlearned. And may He bless you and yours. And may our lord and Saviour comfort our men and women who fight for us, from the President down to the lowest E-1, by opening their eyes to His word and His salvation. And Lord one last thing, please be with my buddy Mac, you have put him in a position that I have no one to fill, so Lord please heal him. Amen.
Lord God Creator of all things, we, the people of the USA, give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Amen. And Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them before they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil left by Saul. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian evangelist preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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