Living on the edge will tip you over the edge. Good decisions will bring you joy, safety, and lasting peace. In the smallest things make good decisions. Doing so will become a habit that will contribute to your happiness in the short and long run. Any choice that causes unnecessary stress is not a good decision. Heaping anxiety on oneself makes it impossible to serve God.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
IT TAKES WORK
To make good decisions takes work. Why? Because you must often go against your own feelings in order to make right choices. Our hearts are riddled with sin. Hence our emotions and desires are inherently wicked. And they trick us regularly:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” Mark 7:21-22 NKJV
Whoever cannot accept this truth about the heart will always be making bad choices. Because they will keep following their deceitful hearts. Their feelings will lead them from one calamity to the next; out of the frying pan, and into the skillet. But those who can accept the truth about the human heart can fight against it. Yes, they can battle themselves and their own evil desires that so often lead us astray.
“But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” James 1:14 NIV
“So now this is how I run—not without a clear goal in sight. I fight like a boxer in the ring, not like someone who is shadowboxing. Rather, I’m landing punches on my own body and subduing it like a slave. I do this to be sure that I myself won’t be disqualified after preaching to others.” 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 CEB
The apostle Paul knew that the number one person he must subdue was not the Devil, nor any other enemy. It was himself. He likened getting control of his own flesh to punching himself, and making his body do what it should like a slave. This was not done through Paul’s willpower but with the help the Holy Spirit provides. Our brother knew he had to get tough with himself so that he would not become disqualified for the prize after preaching to so many others. Though we all fall short often (Romans 3:23), we must still have the same resolve as the apostle Paul; not to listen to our flesh, but rather to make good godly decisions. When we do fall short we know that Jesus will be there to comfort, support, and forgive us if we are repentant. (1 John 1:8-9)
Sometimes our heavenly Father will step in with some loving discipline of His own to help us. (Revelation 3:19) Trust me, this can hurt a lot more than the pain that comes from denying the flesh. (Hebrews 12:4-14) So if we’re on a wrong course pray and beg God for help and strength to get off of it. Tell Him how sorry we are, and ask Him for His mercy and forgiveness. God always helps those who are truly sorry about making wrong choices in life. (Psalm 51:17 Isaiah 66:2)
“For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15 NIV
DON’T CHOOSE TO REBEL
Those who choose to continue on a collision course of rebellion even after being corrected many times by God have nothing good to look forward to:
“One who stays stubborn after many corrections will be suddenly broken, beyond healing.” Proverbs 29:1 CEB
“If we make the decision to sin after we receive the knowledge of the truth, there isn’t a sacrifice for sins left any longer. There’s only a scary expectation of judgment and of a burning fire that’s going to devour God’s opponents. When someone rejected the Law from Moses, they were put to death without mercy on the basis of the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think is deserved by the person who walks all over God’s Son, who acts as if the blood of the covenant that made us holy is just ordinary blood, and who insults the Spirit of grace? We know the one who said, Judgment is mine; I will pay people back. And he also said, The Lord will judge his people. It’s scary to fall into the hands of the living God!” Hebrews 10:26-31 CEB
Let us make good decisions. Let us pray for more wisdom so we can do so. Our choices will not only affect us now but our future forever.
“But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.” James 1:5 CEB
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