FOCUS DAY 4:
HEAVENLY CONVERSATION 4: “Truth is TRUTH"
KEY: F (God the Father Speaking);J (God the Son, Jesus Speaking); S (God the Holy Spirit Speaking) [Read the verse(s) and “Heavenly Conversation” as a family. Suggestion: Choose a different family member to read each part of God’s conversation.]
F “Christmas is about decisions! From our first created souls, individual choices have been important to us. We gave every new born a free will to choose to obey or disobey. From birth to death, we wanted their life stories to be the sum of their choices. Designed to love and be loved, we gave them the power to make their own life choices. We gave them sovereign power over their lives.”
J “Adam and Eve didn’t do too well, Father. They fell to the lies of Satan and the temptations not to obey our instructions. They separated us from our creation by sin.”
S “Herod, the scribes and pharisees, and many worshippers made disobedient choices, too. They chose to love idols.”
F “However, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, the shepherds and so many more in our Christmas story chose to obey us.”
J “Their decisions to love and follow us allowed us to lead all of them to know our wishes and obey them.”
S “There is Good News, too! Christmas brought a new way to know us and love us. Instead of just in ceremonies, places, and rituals, we can now dwell in their hearts.”
F “Immanuel means ‘God with us’, thanks to Christmas.”
J “I have given my Words to guide their decisions.”
S “I try to guide everyone in their conscience - even in small decisions, if they listen. Small choices create their stories. They reflect freedom to love or a bondage to sin.”
F “All our Christmas gifts are needed, but making decisions, even little ones, is difficult without your TRUTHS, Jesus, or your presence, Spirit.”
J “Indeed, I have taught the importance of discipline, commitment, and faith. Luke, Matthew, Mark, and John shared many of my teachings in their Gospels.”
S “For anyone who asks, I help give them faith and hope to focus all their decisions in love for us. At first, Zacharias made a poor decision not to trust us, but he repented and was forgiven, and was blessed when his son was born.”
J “Peter chose to deny me three times, but also renewed his relationship with me with a repentant heart. His life was also blessed for his subsequent decisions to follow us and obey TRUTH. Forgiveness is powerful, Father.”
F “There are no poor choices, decisions, actions, addictions, or anything we will not forgive. Consequences may not always be undone, but our relationship can be restored!”
S “So Christmas is truly about making godly decisions, and believers need faith, hope, and love to make the best choices!”
FJ (Together) “We agree!”
“… choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods 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
MY CHOICE DAY 4:
I accept my sovereignty to choose TRUTH.
DAY 4 ACTIVITY:
OPTIONAL: WHAT IS YOUR LIMIT?
Just as many small, but good choices can create godly character, many small, but poor choices, can lead to addictions and ungodly character. OBJECT LESSON: Cut 6 inches of thread. Pull it until it breaks. Most can break one thread. Now do it with two threads. Can you break them? Keep adding additional threads until you cannot break them. Be careful not to injure your hands. Just like unwisely breaking threads can be harmful, breaking habits from small choices without God’s help can be disastrous as well. If you are into it, add gloves. It may increase your limit, but eventually the chord will be too strong. God’s Word gives us TRUTH on how to live a forgiven, free, and fulfilled life. Each disobedience, no matter how small, is like another chord in our lives. So is every obedience to the Word. They eventually separate us from loving and knowing our creator or bring us closer to Him. Here is where we have hope in Jesus. Consider this Decision Prayer: Ask for faith and courage to obey. Experience his love through forgiveness of any sin, his freedom to help choose to avoid all future sins, and the fulfillment you get by being at peace with your Creator. Decide: Why test your limit? Live free!