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DECISIONS OR CHOICES

B. MAKE CHOICES WHICH VALUE GODLINESS OVER GREED.

By faith, Abram had already renounced everything visible and opted for the unseen promises of God. So he had no need, as Lot did, to choose by sight.

Lot chose by sight and ended up spiritually and financially bankrupt.

He escaped Sodom with the clothes on his back and fades out living in a cave.

The things he saw and got didn’t bring him the lasting happiness he expected.

Abram chose by faith
,
not by sight, and ended up spiritually and financially blessed, seeing and possessing by faith the whole land of Canaan, although he died owning only a burial plot. Lot lived for greed and came up empty. Abram lived for God and came up full.
 


Word of the day

DECISIONS OR CHOICES

 
Many choices in life don’t seem significant At the time they, But those choices set in motion a series of events which shape our lives, our children and our grandchildren.
 
Sometimes people make unwise choices which aren’t momentous in themselves, but they lead to tragedies:
 
A teenager chooses to ride with a friend who has been drinking, resulting in a serious accident and the loss of life. A girl decides to have a drink at a party, resulting in her letting down her inhibitions. She ends up pregnant or with a venereal disease. Since seemingly small decisions can have such momentous consequences, how can we protect ourselves from making wrong choices?
 

The story of Lot’s choice (Gen. 13:5-18) teaches a crucial lesson about life’s choices:

-Since choices often result in eternally significant consequences, we must choose in line with God’s principles.

Basic principles on making choices

  1. MAKE CHOICES WHICH VALUE RELATIONSHIPS OVER RIGHTS.

Note verse 8: “Please let there be no strife between you and me, … because we are brothers

.” Coming just after the statement about the Canaanites and Perizzites being in the land, this may point to Abram’s concern about how their strife would affect the witness to the pagans around them. How can God’s people bear witness for Him if the world sees them fighting among themselves?

 

Abram had a right to choose whatever land he wanted and let Lot take the leftovers. He was the older, the chief of the clan. God had promised the land to Abram, not to Lot. (Note, by the way, that even though Abram and Lot both had the freedom to choose, God’s sovereign purpose to give the land to Abram overruled their choices.)

But Abram graciously yielded his rights and trusted God to give him his portion. What mattered to Abram was, “We are brothers.” He valued his relationship with Lot over his right to choose the best land.

So much strife could be avoided in the family and in the 
church if we would put a premium on our relationships  
, set aside our rights, and let the Lord take care of us.
 
 


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Decisions.

Keys to help in making great decisions to avoid a life of regret and bitterness.

3.Acknowledge God in all our WAYS.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 
 
The verse does not say

“some” of your ways. The verse does not say “most” of your ways. The verse says “all” of your ways

. It means in everything you do. In every detail of your life – acknowledge God.
 
What does it mean to “acknowledge God” in “all your ways”? The Hebrew for “acknowledge” – “yada” – is also used in 1 Chronicles 28:9, when David encourages Solomon to “
know (yada) 
 the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and a willing mind.” Knowing God, acknowledging Him, leads to service with whole heart and mind.
 

1. Acknowledge His existence.

This is the most simple way we can acknowledge God. Hebrews 11:6 says,

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe the he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

2. Acknowledge His glory by your life.

Part of acknowledging God in all your ways is conforming your ways so that they bring glory to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 states,

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

3. Acknowledge your death and Christ’s life in you – in short, your new identity.

This is probably the best part of acknowledging God in all your ways. Galatians 2:20 says,

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


Word of the day

Decisions.

Keys to help in making great decisions to avoid a life of regret and bitterness.

2.Stop trying to be in CONTROL

“And do not lean on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5b

Why are we told not lean on your own understanding? -Because we have limited understanding.

We do not understand everything. We do not see the entire picture. We do not have all the facts.
Let’s admit it – most of us think we can figure things out on our own. 
We can do just fine by ourselves – thank you.

But, if we’re serious about making wise decisions, we must fight against that internal inclination to trust in our own understanding. 
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use common sense or the wisdom that God gives us, but it does mean that we should not trust on our understanding for total support. 
If we try to figure out our life and handle every decision that comes our way, we will be in trouble.

Proverbs 28:26 (NKJV)
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.


Word of the Day

Decisions.

Keys to help in making great decisions to avoid a life of regret and bitterness.

1.Trust in the LORD


-It is to rely on God and believe that He is big enough to take care of the situation. 
Trusting does not mean shutting our eyes to facts. There is no such thing as “blind faith.” Trust looks at things as they are. It sees the dangers that threaten, and assesses them at their true value. It sees the need, and does not try to disguise it. It sees the difficulties, and does not discount them. But seeing all this, it looks beyond and sees God, its all-sufficient help. It sees him greater than the needs or the dangers or the difficulties, and it does not shrink before them.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


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Resist the devil and he will flee from you. -James 4:7

 

Jesus has already defeated Satan.

The Pilgrim’s Progress is considered by some to be the second best-selling book after the Bible. If you have read it, you may remember that Christian was approaching a narrow passage as he traveled toward Porter’s lodge for the night. In the narrow passage he saw two lions. He was very afraid and considered turning back, fearing that nothing but death was before him.

But the porter at the lodge, whose name was Watchful, perceived that Christian was about to turn back, so he cried with a loud voice not to fear the lions because they were chained and could do him no harm. Christian then cautiously walked into the narrow passage, trembling with fear. He heard the lions roar, he felt their hot breath on his flesh, but they did him no harm because they were indeed on the chain. Christian arrived safely on the other side.

I have good news for you about the devil: Satan is a lion on a leash! The devil appears often as a roaring lion, but remember, this lion is on a leash.

 

THINK ABOUT IT—



Sunday July 30 2017 Sermon

Sermon July 30 2017

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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God is not necessarily looking for ability, He is looking for availability.

Some Christians doubt that God can use them, because they don’t have any great talents or skills. However, God doesn’t necessarily look to use people with great talent; He examines the heart (see

1 Samuel 16:7). Paul wrote, in 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God often chooses to use lowly people so that He can show His greatness through them. When you think you have it all together and have everything going in your favor, then you won’t lean on God—you’ll rely on your own strength. But if you know that you can’t do something on your own, then you’ll rely on God for strength—and that’s when God can show His greatness. Every single person has amazing potential to do great things for God. Regardless of your talents, you can do outstanding things for God. All God is looking for is people like David, who have a right heart that is open and available for God to work through.

If you find yourself broken and in obvious need of God’s help, don’t despair. God can use you anyway, because God is not necessarily looking for ability; He’s looking for availability
 


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Foundation

Every builder knows that the foundation is critical to the stability and longevity of the structure.  If the foundation is faulty or compromised in some way, the result will be disaster. If you’re going to base your entire life on something, you want to know that it is solid. If you’re going to stake your 
eternity on that same thing, you really
 want to be sure that it is the truth. It would be utterly tragic to spend your life on a path that you thought led to heaven, only to find out too late that you were wrong!

 1 Corinthians 3:11 

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
 


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Stop And Smell The Roses

When was the last time you put down your to-do list and Twitter feed long enough to experience the good things happening around you? Laughter from the kids playing catch in the front yard, the dogwood full of blooms when winter seemed like it would keep it dead forever, affection from your spouse after a day spent apart — life is happening all around us. And it should be enjoyed.

In Song of Solomon 2:8-15, the girl and her lover describe a world worth being noticed and enjoyed. With excitement and joy, she describes the arrival of her man. Once united, he invites her come with him so they can enjoy the beauty around them together (Song of Solomon 2:11-13

). They show us enjoyment of life can be greatly enhanced through relationships.

Although Song of Solomon was written in a different, arguably more simple period of time, we can still learn from this couple. The lovers celebrated their joy through recognizing beauty in creation and in one another. God created the world, the beauty we see, the joy of love and sex, and gave us senses to enjoy them.

Don’t mistake Instagramming the romantic date you had with your partner for true enjoyment. Enjoying what God has given us will give life to our souls. Those moments aren’t easily captured in a photo or caption, and that’s OK.

Take time to enjoy what God has put around you today.

Reflect:

  • What is one obstacle that stops you from enjoying God’s blessings in your life? Are you too busy? Too distracted?
  • What’s one step you can take to experience the good things God has placed around you today?



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