I Have Decided by Jessica Horton
â€œNo turning back, no turning backâ€
When I was a child, I remember God being present in my life â€“ even without a stable faith community. I was often lonely, so I would go and swing by myself. I remember loving to swing so much because when I looked up at the sky, I felt Him looking back at me.
I felt closest to Him during those times especially, and I sought out every opportunity to be near Him. He felt warm, and I knew He loved me.
As I grew older, I began to understand the importance of accepting His invitation to salvation, and when I was nine years old, I decided to follow Jesus.
There has been a lot of speculation about this song. Some theologians argue that to â€œdecideâ€ to follow Jesus doesnâ€™t allow the believer to fully understand that Jesus has already done the work of salvation and the gift is given as Godâ€™s choice, not our own. I believe both thoughts are true.
God knows all things from the beginning of time to the end. He is the first to draw us to Himself â€“ we donâ€™t make the first move. He knows every step we will take and knows every variation of choices in our minds. He sent His Son to redeem the world, He accepted the price as full payment for our sins, and His gift is free.
Yet, He created us with free will. He wants us to choose Him. If we had the choice between all the spoils of the Garden or a bite of the apple, He wants us to choose His amazing gift of abundance. He wants us to turn away from the things of this world and make a choice â€“ â€œno turning back, no turning back.â€
The history of this beautiful song is one of absolute terror. In the moments that these words were breathed, the author was commanded to renounce his faith. â€œI have decidedâ€¦â€
The songwriter watched as the village chief of his Indian community murdered his two children while he watched. â€œThough none go with meâ€¦â€
And just before this man of God was executed himself, he sang the words, â€œThe world behind meâ€¦â€
It is my prayer that we as disciples of Jesus will have this same measure of extraordinary faith, backed by the mighty strength of assurance and firm commitment.
Yes, God has already completed the work of salvation. He has already paid the price. But he is calling you and me to choose Him every day and every moment, and receive this incredible gift for ourselves.
Have you decided?
Thank you for Your incredible gift to us. We know that we are nothing without You. Please help us to see the things that are not from you so that we can turn away from them. Give us the strength to choose You every opportunity that we get. Amen.
By Jessica Horton
Jessica Horton is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, MS. She was raised in classic country and gospel, and the soul and sound of these classics often find their way into her music. Her songs feature the acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, and other roots instruments. On stage, Jessica brings a live aspect to her show by playing guitar and including singable old-time hymns and gospel songs. Offstage, Jessica spends a lot of time with her husband, David and her church family. She serves as a worship leader and youth director at Shaefferâ€™s Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS… (for more click here.)
Jessica Horton will be appearing at Christian Country at the Creek, Oct. 30 – 31, 2019, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This is a sister event to the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.
For more information on the Christian Country at the Creek and the 2019 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, accommodations, VIP seating, and tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.
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