“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” – Galatians 6:7-9
Every time you come to a fork in the road, or you have to make a decision, or a temptation to disobey God comes, who or what do you turn to for the answer?
Do you base your choices on what feels good?
Do you ask your friends or family?
Do you use your own logic and reason by following your heart?
How Do You Know Which Way To Go?
The world says, “listen to your heart” but God says, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9)
As Christians, God doesn’t want us to lean on our own understanding.
He wants us to lean on His.
Many times in life you may feel lost, frustrated or confused, having no idea which way to go.
Instead of waiting for God’s answer, you may try and figure it out all by yourself.
Perhaps you can relate to how I sometimes try to process choices:
“Okay self, this way makes more sense. This idea seems more reasonable. I think this. I feel that…”,
But that is not how God wants us to make decisions in life.
God wants you first and foremost to go to Him, and then wait for His answer before you make a move.
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” – James 1:5
Many times we go faster when we see a yellow light and do a “California roll” when we see a stop sign. But God wants us to wait until we get His green light before we move forward.
He doesn’t want us to stress and guess what to do.
He doesn’t want us to take an option poll.
This is not politics, it’s your personal relationship with Almighty God!
He wants to give you the wisdom to know exactly what to do.
Because as your Good Shepherd, it is His job to direct your steps.
The wisdom, knowledge and understanding in life here on earth don’t come from your opinions, logic, heart or mind.
It comes from God.
It’s given to us through His Word.
And for us to know His Word we need to be in His Word.
Don’t Sell Your Birthright For A Bowl Of Stew!
Esau was the firstborn son to Isaac and Rebekah, but he made a bad choice. (See Genesis 25:29-34)
A bad choice that cost him everything.
Esau took the temporary pleasure offered to him by his twin brother Jacob to satisfy his hunger, a bowl of stew.
In doing so, he forfeited his future inheritance.
He chose the now instead of what was promised to come.
He chose the temporary pleasure by forfeiting the eternal blessing promised to him as the firstborn son.
Don’t let this happen to you!
Satan will tempt you with temporary highs.
- Sex before marriage
- Adultery during marriage
- Addiction/ substance abuse
But anything and everything that displeases God is called sin.
And habitual, unrepentant sin separates us from God and leads us away from God’s perfect will for our lives.
The choice to give into temptation also grieves the Holy Spirit and hinders the work of God in and through your life.
It prevents you from receiving all that He has for you this side of heaven, and it compromises your prayer life.
Isaiah 59:1-3 shows us how sin is no laughing matter to God.
“Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you,
nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.
Because of your sins, He has turned away and will not listen anymore.”
God doesn’t hate the sinner. After all, He sent His Son to die on the cross for sinners like you and me.
Sin is anything you choose to do, think or say that displeases God, and causes division between you and Him.
If you know what you’re doing is wrong, you need to stop doing it.
“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10
True repentance is your choice to turn away from sin as if making a literal U-turn away from it.
It’s your choice to start going in the other direction, away from the sin, and in the direction of God.
Your choice to surrender everything to God and lean upon His understanding, grace, and strength to resist the temptations the enemy will throw your way.
Because apart from God you can’t stop sinning!
The Bible says, that “ALL sin and fall short of the glory of God!” (Rom. 3:23)
We all have struggles. We all have weaknesses. And we all have areas in our lives that need Jesus’s blood to completely cover, erase, and make clean. (See Isaiah 1:18)
We are all sinners desperately in need of a Savior.
So with God’s empowering of His Holy Spirit inside of us, we have no excuse for our bad choices! (See John 15:22)
Because with Him, you can say no to sin and yes to God!
You can choose to wait for His best, not give in to His second best!
Because, “We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us!” (Phil. 4:13)
God Will Help You Choose His Best For Your Life!
So if you’re at a place in your life where you feel stuck and don’t know which way to go or what to do, you haven’t been left alone to figure it out for yourself.
“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
God has an answer for you and wants you to come to Him for it.
He doesn’t want you to follow your heart or follow the crowd.
He wants you to follow Him because you are either for Him or against Him. (See Luke 11:23)
When you open your Bible and ask God to reveal His perfect will to you directly, He will.
Isaiah 55:8 tells us, “God’s thoughts are nothing like your thoughts and God’s ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
The Bible is your blueprint and has all the answers to your questions.
So if you don’t read God’s Word consistently, it will be impossible for you to know God’s will for your life.
This is so important and you need to take this seriously.
So many Christians forfeit their callings in life because they fail to seek God and walk in obedience to Him.
They choose the temporal over the eternal, the comfortable over the spiritual.
They choose the permissive will of God over His perfect will.
All because they fail to wait on the Lord for His purposes and predestined perfect plans for their lives.
Don’t Choose God’s Second Best By Making Bad Choices
This is the advice I can share with you when it comes to making decisions:
- Always seek God’s will before making any moves
- Always pray for God’s will before making any decisions
- Always look for God’s will in His Word before making any choices!
You’re living in the last hour of the last days. Now is the time to get serious about your relationship with God.
Satan wants to destroy you!
He wants to rob you of your blessings and ultimately destroy your destiny.
So make that choice not to let the enemy win!
Stand on God’s Word and seek God’s will!
Follow God’s path for your life instead of creating your own for you are, “more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus!” (Romans 8:37)
The plans God has for you are good!
They are for a future and a hope! (See Jeremiah 29:11)
Surrender your plans, hopes, and dreams to Him because your God is faithful!
Take Him at His Word, trusting that He will not lead you astray or let you down.
When you have a choice to make, don’t choose to go against God’s will or God’s Word.
Take the time to hear His voice, get His guidance, then follow after His footsteps by obeying His choice.
Study Verses: Deuteronomy 28:1-15, Joshua 24:15, James 4:4