Choice


Today I have given you the choice between life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19; NLT).

1. Lord,
You give us all
A choice:
To follow you,
Or walk away.

2. Lord,
You give us all
A choice:
To stay with you,
Or to betray.

3. Lord,
You give us all
A choice:
To ask forgiveness,
Or refuse.

4. Lord,
You give us all
A choice:
To love our neighbour,
Or abuse.

References

1. Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions (Matthew 19:21-2; NLT).

2. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me” (Mark 14:34; NLT).

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” (Matthew 26:15-16; NLT).

Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him (Matthew 26:50; NIV).

3. Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

If you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you (Genesis 4:7; NLT).

4. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognised, and they chose to abuse him (Matthew 17:12; NLT).

You are the stars

1. You are the stars in the sky, Lord;
You are the heavens and earth;

2. You are the lands, seas, and creatures;
You are our advent and birth.

3. You are the strength in our bodies;
You are our blood and our breath;

4. You are the love in our hearts, Lord,
You are our life and our death.

5. You are the One who forgives, Lord;
You are the One who makes whole;

6. You are the One who has mercy;
You are our God, and our soul.

References

1. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

2. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

3. The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

4. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

5. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

6. The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! (Exodus 34:6; NLT).

My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

We all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

The way, the truth, and the life


Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

1. I love you,
And you love me –
You are the way
I want to go.

2. I love you,
And you love me –
You are the truth
I want to know.

3. I love you,
And you love me –
You are the life
I want to lead.

4. I love you,
And you love me –
You are the Lord,
That’s all I need.

References

1. I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

God’s way is perfect (Psalm 18:30; NLT).

2. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

3. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

4. He is the Lord our God (Psalm 105:7; NLT).

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need (Psalm 23:1; NLT).

With love

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ
(Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

1. See everything with love,
And hear everything with love.

2. Touch everything with love,
And use everything with love.

3. Think everything with love,
And feel everything with love.

4. Say everything with love,
And do everything with love.

5. Greet everyone with love,
And treat everyone with love.

References

1. Act with love (Hosea 12:6; NLT).

3. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

4. Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

5. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Weak and mortal

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

1. My flesh is weak
And mortal, Lord;
It will return to dust.

2. My mind is full
Of anguish, Lord,
Making it hard to trust.

3. My heart is sad
And lonely, Lord,
Full of despair and sin,

4. But my soul is at peace
Forever, Lord,
Because it is you, within.

References

1. He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

He remembered that they were merely mortal (Psalm 78:39; NLT).

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

2. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1; NIV).

3. My soul is downcast within me (Psalm 42:5; NIV).

Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help (Psalm 130:1; NLT).

In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful mature I am a slave to sin (Romans 7:25; NLT).

4. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Prayer

Prayer is much less about what we want to say to God,
And much more about what he wants to say to us.

This is because before a word is on our lips,
Or a thought comes into our minds,
Or a longing enters our hearts,

He already knows it
Completely!

References

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

O that today you would listen as he speaks! (Hebrews 4:7; NET).

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! (Matthew 11:15; NLT).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

I know everything that comes into your minds (Ezekiel 11:5; NLT).

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

I breathe you in


I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you 
(John 17:20-21; NLT).

1. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
We share this fragile body.

2. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
Your presence makes me whole.

3. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
We live in love forever.

4. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
One Spirit, in one soul.

References

1. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

There is one body and one Spirit (Ephesians 4:4; NLT).

2. The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

3. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

4. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

We all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).