CHOOSING UP SIDES
by Tony Alamo
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest He that destroyed the firstborn should touch them” (Heb. 11:24-28).
One may wonder why Moses was so faithful that he, with fear and trembling, did everything that God told him to do (Deut. 9:18-19, Heb. 12:21). He had faith that God would kill him and send his soul to Hell if he wasn’t faithful enough to do all the works God commanded of him.
Moses actually knew of Hell. He saw Dathan, his family, Abiram, and Abiram’s family swallowed up into Hell when God opened the mouth of the earth and swallowed them into Hell.1 Also, God let Moses know of the plagues of Egypt before they happened. Then they happened before his very eyes, and the eyes of all the Hebrews and Egyptians.2 He saw and experienced the opening of the Red Sea, where the Hebrew children escaped, and the entire army of Egypt drowned together in it.3 He experienced the manna sent down from Heaven which fed everyone, approximately three million people for forty years, and the water coming out of a solid rock like a river (symbolic of the solid Rock, Christ Jesus, from where all life and all other blessings flow).4 And he saw the victories over the kings. This is why Moses chose sides—chose God.
“Now faith is the substance or assurance of things hoped for, the evidence or conviction of things not seen. Indeed, our ancestors received approval [from God]. They, by faith [in God], all [those] chose to serve God. By faith [not in the world], we understand that the worlds were [framed] by the Word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible” (Heb. 11:1-3, orig. Greek). Abel, Enoch, and Noah all had faith and proved it by their WORKS.5
Abraham made the right choice when he was called.6 So did Isaac, and so did Jacob.7 “All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. For people who speak like this, make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return [they made the right choice]. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a Heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, He has prepared a city for them” (Heb. 11:13-16, orig. Greek).
What is the point in living the way God commands? What for? Why make right choices? What is the reason to study how to live right? It is because the decision you make will determine where your soul will spend eternity. There are but two choices—only two. You don’t have much to think about. It’s easy to choose one of the two. One choice is Heaven, and the other is Hell. One is eternal life in Heaven, and the other is eternal damnation in Hell and the Lake of Fire for not choosing the mercy that Christ offers us all by the price He paid for us on the cross at Calvary.
This world is very temporary. Everyone knows that. But immortality is permanent, forever. “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever” (I Tim. 1:17); never ending, everlasting, continual, perpetual, having unlimited existence; the quality of never ceasing to live or exist; exemption from death and annihilation; life destined to endure without end; perpetual youth and wholeness, as the immortality of the human soul.
“Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Tim. 1:10); exemption from oblivion, perpetuity, existence not limited; the act of immortalizing by becoming born again of the Spirit of God through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord—Jesus the immortalizer.
Joshua said to Israel, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, 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 [this of a certainty was the right choice]. And the people [of Israel] answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods; For the Lord our God, He it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for He is our God” (Josh. 24:15-18).
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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Choosing Up Sides footnotes:
1. Num. 16:25-33, Deut. 11:6, Psa. 106:17 return
2. Ex. 7:14-21, 8:1-6, 16-17, 20-24, 9:1-6, 8-10, 18-26, 10:12-15, 21-23, 11:4-7, 12:3-13, 29-39 return
3. Ex. 14:15-30 return
4. Ex. 16:11-18, 35, Num. 20:9-11, Psa. 78:20, 105:40-41, I Cor. 10:1-4 return
5. Gen. 4:1-4, 5:22-24, 6:5-9, 14-22, Matt. 24:37-39, Heb. 11:5, 7, I Pet. 3:20, Jude 14-15 return
6. Gen. 12:1-4, 17:1-2, 22:15-18, II Chron. 20:7, Gal. 3:6, Heb. 11:8-10, 13-19, James 2:21-24 return
7. Gen. 26:1-6, 28:10-22, 32:24-29, Matt. 8:11, Heb. 11:9 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return