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Making the Proper Choices
6/27/2013

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Prov. 14:12 (NKJV)

All throughout the pages of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament, are Scriptures, starting with, “Now it came to pass.”  Four simple words setting up the details of what is now history. Most of us don’t really think about the fact that we are actually deciding much of our own history—what will be recorded about our actions within our life. 

It makes me think of the song titled, “Losing my religion,” by R.E.M.  The phrase, “Losing my religion,” is used down south and it came to mean, losing one’s temper, civility, or being at the end of one’s rope.  The song makes me think about a person who is consciously making choices to do actions they know to be wrong.  The lyrics go like this:

"That's me in the corner

That's me in the spotlight, I'm

Losing my religion…

Every whisper

Of every waking hour I'm

Choosing my confessions"

The lyrics of this song accurately depict the point of this writing—we are usually the ones making the choices leading to our decisions in our life.  We are the ones who will choose whether we put our hand to good, or to bad—whether we will submit to God, or willfully disobey Him.  We are the ones who ultimately choose our future confessions. This is the same thing God said to the Israelites through Moses—choose life.

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)

But not all choices are ours—there are times when others make choices greatly affecting our lives.  It can be a spouse who decides to end the marriage by getting involved in another relationship.  It can be an economic downturn causing financial devastation in one's life.  It can be a family member or friend turning to substance abuse for pleasure or to mask pain, but ultimately causing others pain in the process.  Truth be told, it can be a number of things out of our control—things we would have never chosen to experience or be a part of, and yet there we are, smack in the middle. 

But even during these times, we still will be given the opportunity to make proper choices.  It is during these times where we must choose to seek the truth of God’s word, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to sustain us, as we face our trials.  We cannot possibly understand everything happening to us, so we must choose to completely trust in God’s plan. The lines, “Now it came to pass,” will be written about each of us and our choices—let’s choose wisely.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today…

STUDY QUESTION: What were the choices as well as the blessings and curses given by God in Deut. 30:19?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you consciously thinking about the choices you are making each day?

APPLICATION:  Let’s seek the Lord daily for His wisdom, discernment, and strength so we can choose wisely.

Father, thank You for giving us Your wisdom, strength and discernment.  Help us today to make wise choices Lord.  Help us to see the enemy’s temptation for the lie it really is, and to remember Your truth and promises in those times.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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