LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY ® FAITH WALK: The Choices We Make

May 2019, religion

CHURCH EDITOR
Dr. ANDREA OATES

Dr. Andrea Oates


“…Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.” {Matthew 7:14}

One of the most important factors in the life we live is the choices that we make. Whatever we are experiencing-whether good or bad-is a direct result of our choices. Many times we make decisions based upon appearances. If it looks good, tastes good, smells good, sounds good and feels good, we erroneously believe that it is essentially good and beneficial. However, the Word explains that making choices based upon appearances can get you into trouble.

One of the most important factors in the life we live is the choices that we make. Whatever we are experiencing-whether good or bad-is a direct result of our choices. Many times we make decisions based upon appearances. If it looks good, tastes good, smells good, sounds good and feels good, we erroneously believe that it is essentially good and beneficial. However, the Word explains that making choices based upon appearances can get you into trouble.

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes…” {Genesis 3:6}

We can look to the first sin that was ever committed. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, it had passed the test based upon the senses. However, the Bible clearly informs us that God made every tree pleasant to the eyes (Genesis 2:9). However, because God had created both, He was the One who knew the outcome of each choice and had advised them of which was the

better choice. But they didn’t listen and we are suffering the consequences of their disobedience centuries later.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” {I John 2:16}

Every temptation we have to make bad decisions is linked to lusts and pride. Lusts are things that we desire and pride is the sin that got satan evicted from heaven. Essentially, pride says that I will do things my way so that my fleshy lusts are satisfied with what I see that I desire. So it is evident that bad decisions are a manifestation of inner desires that are left unchecked. But God tells us in His Word to
cast down thoughts and imaginations that are contrary to the will of God for your life (2 Corinthians 10:5).

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” {James 1:5}

As we mature in Christ, God continually enables us to make better choices. Realize that what’s good for
you and what’s bad for you may both look the same. Many times, the only way we can make a sound decision is to include The Lord in our decision-making process. We have to ask Him to give us wisdom, insight, and discernment. And He loves us so much, that the prayer for wisdom is one that He will always answer. In fact, the Bible says that God will give wisdom liberally.

“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live…” {Deuteronomy 30:19}

Many times we suffer in our individual lives when we don’t heed the guidance of God. He has already spoken but we sometimes doubt His warning when the external qualities seem to contradict His insight. But God knows the end before the beginning. Rely on His wisdom. But in the end, the choice is always yours. God does not force us. But He’s ready, willing and able to guide us.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” {2 Corinthians 5:7}

It will be a narrow path that, at times, may not seem as if it will lead to what you desire from God. But that’s why it’s called a Faith Walk. Faith means that you base decisions in life on the Word of God and what He speaks to your heart. If He says , “Yes,” then proceed. But if He says, “No,” believe that it’s because He has your best interest at heart. And remember, God is not like man who may lie or change His mind (Numbers 23:19).

“…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” {John 10:10}

Let me encourage you today. Obedience to God in our everyday lives is better than any service we can do for Him. He is pleased when we make right decisions because He wants us to live the abundant life that Jesus died for us to have. Trust God with your life. Trust Him with your choices. Although it may seem hard
to do, it will produce an awesome outcome. You won’t regret your decisions in the end. And you will enjoy the blessings of obedience that God has in store for those that follow His guidance.

BLESSINGS…