Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

07/11/2018

Harold Akridge

 

Choices – Decisions – Consequences

 

"Man is man because he is free to operate within

the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate,

to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives."

Martin Luther King. Jr.

 

  In this statement Dr. King failed to add that there will be consequences in every decision we make. Consequences from decisions as simple as Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, “what goes up must come down.”

 

  From the website “Bible Studies for Life,” they state that “47% of Americans agree they are dealing with the consequences from a wrong decision on some level.” I can witness to their findings having made many decisions I regret and living with the consequences. 

 

  The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7:15-20 (ERV): “I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do the good I want to do, and I do the evil I hate. 16 And if I don’t want to do what I do, that means I agree that the law is good. 17 But I am not really the one doing the evil. It is sin living in me that does it. 18 Yes, I know that nothing good lives in me—I mean nothing good lives in the part of me that is not spiritual. I want to do what is good, but I don’t do it. 19 I don’t do the good that I want to do. I do the evil that I don’t want to do. 20 So if I do what I don’t want to do, then I am not really the one doing it. It is the sin living in me that does it.”

 

  Paul is saying he has made and will continue to make bad decisions and deal with the consequences from his decisions BECAUSE SIN lives in him. Whoa, the great Apostle Paul confesses to making bad decisions that he wasn’t proud of. If Paul suffered from this problem, then it should not be that hard to understand how difficult it is for us to make the right decision.

 

  In1771 the English poet Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Mr. Pope is validating what Paul wrote, because we are human we are going to make mistakes. All our bad decisions in life are because we are constantly dealing with sin. Satan is a permanent part of our lives, constantly nagging at us to make decisions based on his influence. So, how do we make better decisions? It’s simple. Seek God’s help. God will direct our lives if we ask and let Him. In Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” This may be the simplest divine advice in the Bible. Read this advice again and again until it is imprinted on your mind.

 

  In Romans 15:4, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” The Bible was written to teach us about those men and women in the past and how their decisions were either guided by God or Satan and reveals the consequences of their decisions. God’s Word provides the perfect map for a happy and eternal life simply by believing, trusting, obeying, and glorifying Him in all we do and accepting His plan of salvation. These are the simple choices God has given us to decide on. He isn’t expecting us to be perfect. We either seek His advice and direction or accept Satan’s lies when making decisions. The choice is simple, seek God’s help in making our decisions or, allow Satan to decide for us? “What will your answer be?"...

 

"What will you do with Jesus?

The question comes to you!

And you must give an answer,

For something you must do.

Oh, what will your answer be?"

 

To be continued... Consequences For Our Choices

 

“Father, You know how I struggle with the choices in my life and the messes I have made in many of my decisions. The consequences of my bad decisions constantly haunt me. I seek Your help through the Holy Spirit to give me the courage, strength and understanding to make decisions that bring glory to You and ultimately giving my life true meaning. I beg You to help me. I admit that I am a sinner and You are the only one who can provide the answers I need. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Harold Akridge

Bella Vista Church of Christ