Text 1: Deuteronomy 28:1-68
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …
Text 2: Psalms 1:1-3
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Praise God for the month of ABUNDANCE.
This morning we will be looking at:
- Implication of the choices we make
2. How to discern choices in the face of obscurity
3. How to make the right choices and decisions.
IMPLICATION OF THE CHOICES WE MAKE
We should be familiar with common prose, ‘the choices you make can either make or mar you’. This is true as it was apparent in the lives of some figures from the Bible we will set as reference for this topic.
We are looking at ways to enjoy great grace in this season of abundance, so it is pertinent, that we understand the rules of engagement with our Father in heaven, who owns the cattle over a thousand hills.
We’ll pick a couple of references from the scriptures.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Consider King David the son of Jesse. His sin of adultery and murder was a product of a bad choice. What bad choice did he make? Eating the bread of IDLENESS. David had a choice to join the army of Israel in the battle field but he chose to relax at home. The devil filled his thoughts with lust and the result of idleness, was the death that swept through his household. You want to enjoy abundant prosperity, you want to avert the wages of sin? ARE YOU EATING THE BREAD OF IDLENESS?
Our second item is Rehoboam the son of Solomon and grandson of David. 1Kings 12:1-17 gives an account of how he despised the counsel of the elders and followed that of the younger men that was evil. The people of Israel revolted against him and till this day, the house of David has not been one because of it. He lost territory because of evil counsel. Remember our second anchor text? If you want to live a life of abundance, do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly
HOW TO DISCERN CHOICES IN THE FACE OF OBSCURITY
Sometimes, the situation we find ourselves can put us on a spot as to what choices are right or wrong for the season. You could receive an offer of a huge amount of money from one who wants you to compromise your faith, at a point of nothingness and then it is easy for you to conclude that the Lord remembered to bless you. Not all blessings are from God. Only His blessings make rich and add no sorrow to it. (Proverbs 10:22).
The above scripture is pivotal to right decision making. Whenever you are at a crossroad on what choices to make, ensure you tick these checkboxes
1.Will this choice make me an enemy or a friend to God? You have to be sure that God’s standards in the word are not compromised by the choices we make.
2. You are a child of God and you carry his spirit. Are you at peace in the spirit over your choice? The Spirit of God nudges every child of God, we are just so into ourselves that we do not hear Him. Connecting to God through the Spirit puts us on the expressway of knowing the mind of God. If you want to make the right choices, eat Spirit food to stay connected always. Fast pray and read the word.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.John 16:13
3. Seek godly counsel. It is important to have people around you who you are confident will give you counsel as if from the mouth of God himself. (See….Psalms 1:1-3)
HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES AND DECISIONS
If you noticed, this point and the previous look similar. It is important to note that it sure is one thing to discern the right or wrong choice and it is another thing to do the right thing.
A lot of people even after knowing what path to take, find it very difficult to follow through on it. A number of factors are a culprit in this regard.
- The spirit of disobedience at work
- Forces assigned to cause one to make errors.
We will be praying along these 2 lines now and constantly too.
Saul lost grace as a result of disobedience. May we not make errors like Paul (then Saul) who thought he was killing Christians to please God. God caused Pharaoh to suffer in the hands of that same spirit of error.
I pray in the name of Jesus, we will make good choices and we will fulfill purpose in life. Amen
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