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According to Google, we make approximately 35,000 conscious decisions every day. Of coarse, many of these choices seem insignificant and finite, however, every choice we make, good or bad, will impact our lives.

Simple Choices: What to wear, what to eat, what to read, what to watch on Netflix, etc.
More Complex Choices: What College to attend, who to marry, what ministry to be involved in, where to live, etc.

Basically, we are decision-making machines.

Of coarse, we have the freedom to do anything, but that does not mean that we will be free from the consequences of our decisions.

Choose You This Day

I am convinced the greatest choice to make everyday is to choose Jesus.

Joshua 25:15 poses a great challenge, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.”

As a teenager, I had an incredible love for God. However, I struggled with many things and could not live an overcoming life. My spirit and flesh were at war with each other. One day I bowed myself to the ground and prayed, “Lord, why is it so hard for me to serve You?” I heard Him gently whisper to my spirit, “It is because you have a love of the world in your heart.”

Desperate for more of God I began to pray, “Lord, take the love of the world out of my heart. I want to love what You love and hate what You hate.”

That moment—that prayer—that choice—changed the rest of my life.

Never underestimate the impact one prayer can make. 

The power of choice puts a weight of responsibility in our hands. And, so I ask, What choice can you make today that will impact your eternity?

The choice is up to you.

Prayer: Lord, I choose you. Help me to make decisions that are conducive to the ministry You have called me to and lead me to make decisions that will benefit Your kingdom, my marriage, my family, and my relationships.

 

 

 

“And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.” Genesis 24:58

At the beginning of the year, when we begin reading the Bible through once more, the story of Isaac and Rebekah has always stood out to me. This year I am reading the New Living Version and enjoyed reading it once again.

Can you imagine the excitement when Abraham’s servant appeared at the well and greeted Rebekah with the news that he had come with the purpose of finding a bride for his master’s son? Then as Rebekah took him to her home and he told her family of his mission, it must have caused quite a stir. Knowing that they would probably never see their daughter again, her parents desired that they wait awhile before leaving, but the servant was insistent that it was imperative they go immediately. They called Rebekah and put the question to her. Without hesitation, she answered: “I will go.” She was willing to leave family and the only life she had ever known and journey to a strange place to marry someone she had never seen.

What a picture of a person hearing the call of God to repent and leave their old life behind, and without hesitation say an eternal “Yes” to Jesus. Family and friends may try to persuade them that they shouldn’t make these changes, but the anticipation of what is ahead is greater than the pull of what is familiar.

Rebekah was fully committed to go to Isaac, and nothing could hold her back. We must be fully committed to Jesus, willing to follow Him all the way. It is worth everything we leave behind, because of the joy and love we find in Jesus Christ, and the hope we have of spending eternity with Him.

Prayer: Jesus thank you for the invitation to follow you, for the joy and peace you give, and for the hope of the future with you.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines?” (I Chronicles 14:10).

While recently chatting with a friend about this and that, she made the comment, “So, I prayed about what I should do.” I hate to admit it, but I immediately thought, “Why would she bother to pray about something as simple as that?” Then I realized how off my attitude was. Are we only supposed to pray about the “big stuff”? If so, how do we know what the big stuff really is? Sometimes the smallest decision may ultimately have tremendous impact on our lives. Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (New Living Translation). Everything!

In I Chronicles 14, King David had an important decision to make. Should they go up against the Philistines? Would God be with the Israelites in this endeavor? He immediately knew how to make the best decision. He inquired of God (verse 10). Before he went out to battle, he wanted assurance God was going to be in this with them. And because he took time to ask, God took time to tell him the right course of action. It seems so simple, doesn’t it? Ask God first.

David’s predecessor, King Saul, did not take time to inquire of the Lord and the Bible tells us this literally became a fatal error. “So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse” (I Chronicles 10:13-14, English Standard Version).

Every day we encounter decisions, some “big stuff” and some seemingly “small stuff.” When we think about it, it’s pretty amazing that the God of the entire universe wants to help us with these decisions. He is interested in what happens to us and wants only the best for us. But first we need to include Him in the decision process. James 4:15 tells us, “Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that’” (ESV).

Remember, ask God first.

Prayer: Lord, help me each day to include You in the decisions in my life. Help me to lean on Your wisdom at all times. Thank You that You care for me and want to see me succeed in all I do. Remind me to always seek You first and follow Your will and way.