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Choices


Before we begin this study please listen to the following song to help focus our heart's and mind's for this study.

What does the Bible say about the choices we make?

God made us in his image, we can read about this in Genesis. 

Part of God’s plan was to give us the ability to choose right from wrong, good from evil. 

So reading this how important are the choices we make especially if God is in control of everything, can’t he just make me do what is right? 

Doesn’t God control all things? 

The Bible does teach that God is Almighty, that his power is not limited by anyone other than Himself; however He does not use His power to control everything. 

For now, he chooses to tolerate those who misuse their free will to harm others. But God will not do so indefinitely…


10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
Psalm 37 v 10 - 11

If we can be sure of anything as Christian’s, we can be sure of Gods word.

It is very important we choose rightly. God doesn’t want us to fail, mess up or choose wrongly. 

God guides and advises us through his word in the Bible and through the Holy Spirit.

Look at these next verses, the writer of proverbs is very clear..


12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
 
Proverbs 14:12 
 
21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
 
Proverbs 19:21 
 
 
6 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
 
Proverbs 16:9

Our plans are dangerous to us if we haven’t taken them before the Lord and sought his Will in them.

If you haven’t spent any time reading the wisdom collected in the book of Proverbs I encourage you to. 

Let us read this verse from the Prophet Isaiah..


21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
  
Isaiah 30:21

This verse in Isaiah makes it all seem very easy doesn’t it, that every choice you make God will guide you.

  • Is it really that simple? 
  • How many times have you struggled over a difficult decision? 
  • You cannot decide what to do? 
  • How easy would it be if you have a voice guiding by a word behind you? 

I say it is that simple, it really is!

What is this word behind you? It is surely the Word of God. 

You can find it for yourselves in the Bible, your churches, in the biblical wisdom of other believers; but especially in the quiet voice or the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

​ It all comes down to whether you choose to hear it and choose to act on it, or choose to ignore it. 

It comes down to choices.

We have free will, a God given gift. We can choose to follow God’s plans and purpose or we can choose to follow our plans and purpose. 

God does not force us to choose Him, He doesn’t hold back from telling us where our choices based solely on our human desires lead either.


13“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
 
Matthew 7:13-14

God loves you enough to let you choose how you live, He loves you enough to let you freely choose life or ultimately death. Now don’t get me wrong we are all going to die.

Choosing Jesus is choosing an eternity with Him, He doesn’t even force us in choosing how we spend forever; that too is our choice. 

I have had to on many occasions choose to make a difficult confession or to tell someone a difficult truth. How did I know it was the right thing to do? How do I know if it’s the right thing to say? 

I run it by Jesus. I look to his word, I look to his character. 

I ask a simple question “Lord what is your desire?” 

Simple right? Jesus says “my yoke is easy my burden light”

However I want us to be honest with each other, with God. I have and probably still will on occasion exercise my free will and behave like I’ve never met Jesus. 

I may choose to ignore the voice, to not act on the word, in short; to make myself God of my own decisions.

Free will; the cause of our down fall and a tool of our redemption. It is very important for us to grow spiritually that we own our decisions, that we take the blame for our choices. 

Yes we can be tempted but only we can choose to join with that temptation, we are not forced. We must own it and the consequences when we give in. 

On these occasions where I have chosen wrongly how do I return to the right path? 

I will freely choose to submit myself to the Lord, pick up the pieces and start again. 

The more I choose to listen to God the less I will choose against His Will. 

It is my choices in life that shape my character, God is not interested in anything more than us having a Christ like character. 

We have to choose to believe what Jesus says about us, the truth; choosing everyday to live by Him and not ourselves. 

So make it easy on yourselves..


13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13 to 14

Ecclesiastes clearly warns us there are consequences for our actions, we therefore cannot succeed or please God in our own strength. Only by submitting our lives to Jesus can we be reconciled with God.

The following video speaks more into this..


8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
 
Philippians 4:8

What we chose to watch, where we choose to go, who we choose to spend time with can all make our ability to choose right harder.

We have to make a conscious effort to choose rightly.

God will not do it for us, praying for God to make you choose Him more WILL NOT WORK. 

There are some things only we can do. God can strengthen us and will guide us but we and only we can put it into action. 

This is our responsibility, not God’s.

When you mess up always remember..


9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

Our walk with God is built on our daily choices.

It is built on using what we know of God’s character to help us choose rightly.

  1. What can stop you from choosing God?
  2. When have you chose God in a difficult situation, how did it work out?

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