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