The last Sunday Pastor Chris spoke at DCC, he shared a message about the choices we make.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we have complete control over the choices that we make. It is because of this that some decisions are so hard to make. We can’t always be sure which is the right decision to make, and we know that it’s our job to decide.
Genesis 4:7 tells us that we will be blessed if we do what is right, but if we make a bad choice, it will take us to a place we never wanted to go. One bad choice begets another. Galatians 6:7 tells us that we must not be mistaken, what we sow, we will reap. Whatever bad seeds we plant will come to harvest, will grow, will multiply and only produce worse and harder situations. Matthew 7: 18 puts it this way: “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.”
Therefore, Proverbs 3: 5-6 tells us to lean not on our own understanding, but to acknowledge God in everything we do, for he will make our paths straight. If we make our decisions with God in mind, if we align ourselves with him, we can make no wrong decision. But if we rely on ourselves and our own guidance and our own logic to get us through, we could end up making a mistake.
Psalm 23: 1-3 tells us how we know that God will make our paths straight. He is our shepherd, he lets us lie down in green pastures, leads us beside still waters, restores our souls, and guides us in paths of righteousness. God wants only what is best for us, and he will help us make decisions that will lead us to good things, comfortable things, things that will glorify Him. He leads us to the right decision.
Examine yourself. Examine your life. Are you allowing God to direct you? Are you really listening and really hearing the guidance he’s giving you? Or are you only half-listening? Are you hearing only what you want to hear? Don’t be deceived; there is a difference between listening and hearing with the intent of doing.
Luke 15: 11-32 details the parable of the prodigal son, who felt the need to take control of his life and get away from his home. He felt the need to be his own man. But he was unprepared. The need to take control led to the bad decision to leave home, and the bad decision to leave home led to a chain of events causing his life to fall apart around him.
But then, one day he made one decision that would wipe away the many bad decisions he made. He let go and put his life back into his father’s hands. His father welcomed him with open arms and gave back to him all the happiness he had before he left.
The father in this parable is the picture of our heavenly father, who feels the need to look out for us, guide us in the right direction, help us make good decisions, and finally, when we think everything has crashed down around us, he is the one who wishes to restore to us all that we have lost.
And all it takes to turn our life around is one decision. One good decision to follow him and let him lead us.
We should make that one decision every day, that “when I get out of bed, I get up to go to the Father.”
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