Decision Affects Our Lives
- LIFE IS FILLED WITH MAKING DECISIONS
- THE DECISIONS WE MAKE WILL HAVE
LASTING AFFECT UPON THE REST OF OUR LIVES.
- STUDY WITH ME FOR A FEW MINUTES
ABOUT SOME THAT MADE DECISIONS IN THE PAST THAT WILL
POSSIBLY HELP US IN THE MAKING OF OUR DECISIONS.
- ADAM AND EVE = DECIDED TO DISOBEY
GOD AND FOLLOW THE SERPENT [Genesis
- Man begins lie on earth making
decisions and has made them ever since.
- Mans first decision was
influenced by human appetite and a desire to be
3:5 = "For God doth know that
in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good
- The results, or consequences,
of this decision remains with us still today.
Corinthians 15:22 = "For as in
Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
- The decisions that we make may
affect many generations yet to be born.
- ABRAHAM DECIDED, UNHESITATINGLY,
TO OFFER HIS SON ISAAC. [Genesis
- This was a tremendous decision,
a violent step for a father to make, as it was contrary
to good human judgment.
- Abrahams faith in God was
the influence that enabled him to make the right
11:17-19 = "By faith Abraham, when
he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received
the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of
whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be
called: Accounting that God was able to raise him
up, even from the dead; from whence also he received
him in a figure."
- LOT CHOSE THE WELL WATERED JORDAN
PLAIN FOR HIS HERD. [Genesis
- The decision, it seemed to him,
was as wise one, but it wasnt, as it led to
the further unwise decision in his family. [Genesis
- Lot offered his daughters to
be abused by the men of Sodom.
19:8 = "Behold now, I have
two daughters which have not known man; let me,
I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye
to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these
men do nothing; for therefore came they under
the shadow of my roof."
- His two daughters lost their
19:14 = "And Lot went out,
and spake unto his sons in law, which married
his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this
place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But
he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in
- He wife became a pillar of
salt, in looking back on the city of Sodom.
19:17 = "And it came to pass,
when they had brought them forth abroad, that
he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind
thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape
tot he mountain, lest thou be consumed."
19:26= "But his wife looked
back from behind him, and she became a pillar
- Lots two daughters got
him drunk and had adulterous (incest) relations
with him and both became pregnant.
19:30-38 = "And Lot went up out
of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two
daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar:
and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father
is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come
in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come,
let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie
with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
And they made their father drink wine that night:
and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father;
and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when
she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that
the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay
yesternight with my father: let us make him drink
wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with
him, that we may preserve seed of our Father. And
they made their father drink wine that night also:
and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he
perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by
their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and
called his name Moab: the same is the father of
the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she
also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the
same is the father of the children of Ammon unto
- Lot let material things influence
him too much in his decision .
The decision on a place to live and bring up a
family should never be determined solely on material
- MOSES CHOSE TO SUFFER AFFLICTION
WITH GODS PEOPLE THAN TO ENJOY THE PLEASURES
OF SIN FOR A WHILE.
11:24-26 = "By faith Moses, when
he was come to years, refused to be called the son
of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction
with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures
of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ
greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he
had respect unto the recompence of the reward."
There was much to for Moses to give up, why would
he give up these things?
- Because of his faith in God.
-- The decision being made from what was within
him and not without.
11:24 = "By faith Moses, when
he was come to years, refused to be called the son
of Pharaoh's daughter;"
- Because he had more respect for
the heavenly riches than worldly riches.
11:26 = "Esteeming the reproach
of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:
for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward."
- Because Moses saw through faith
that which was then unseen.
11:27-28 = "By faith he forsook
Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured,
as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept
the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he
that destroyed the firstborn should touch them."
- KING SAUL UNWISELY DECIDED TO SPARE
THE BEST OF THE AMALEKITES.
Samuel 15:3 = "Now go and smite
Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and
spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant
and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
Samuel 15:15= "And Saul said, They
have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people
spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice
unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly
Samuel 15:20-24= "And Saul said
unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD,
and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and
have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly
destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the
spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which
should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto
the LORD thy God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath
the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey
is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the
fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because
thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also
rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto
Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the
commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because
I feared the people, and obeyed their voice."
- Fear of the people prompted the
Samuel 15:24 = "
I feared the people, and obeyed their voice."
- We should fear God and keep His
12:13 = "Let us hear the conclusion
of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man."
10:28 = "And fear not them which
kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear him which is able to destroy both
soul and body in hell."
- NAAMAN [II
- The man Naaman:
- A captain in the Syrian army
that was a leper [II
- His wife had a maiden captive
out of Israel [II
- The maid said to her mistress,
Would God my lord were with the prophet
that is in Samaria! For he would recover him of
his leprosy." [II
- This was told the King of Syria
and he sent Naaman to the King of Israel to be
recovered of his leprosy [II
- Elisha tells the King of Israel
to send Naaman to him [II
- Naamans first decision
was prompted by:
- Wounded pride --- Elisha did
not speak to him but a messenger sent by Elisha.
Kings 5:10 = "And Elisha sent
a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the
Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again
to thee, and thou shalt be clean."
- A preconceived idea --- He
thought the cure would be done in some other way.
Kings 5:11 = "But Naaman was
wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought,
He will surely come out to me, and stand, and
call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike
his hand over the place, and recover the leper."
- Prejudice --- He thought the
Arbana and Pharpar rivers were better than the
waters of Israel.
Kings 5:12 = "Are not Abana and
Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the
waters of Israel? May I not wash in them, and be
clean? So he turned and went away in a rage."
- He later overcame these obstacles
and made the right decision.
Kings 5:13-14 = "And his servants
came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father,
if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing,
wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather
then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times
in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of
God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh
of a little child, and he was clean."
- His future depended upon the
outcome of his decision.
- Just as our future is determined
by the decisions that we make.
- JOSHUAS DECISION:
24:15 = "And if it seem evil unto
you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye
will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served
that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods
of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as
for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
- His decision was based on the
fact that the Lord was the t rue God and that He
had done much for His people.
- The same should influence us
to make the right decision.
119:89 = "For ever, O LORD, thy
word is settled in heaven."
12:28 = "Therefore say unto them,
Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my
words be prolonged any more, but the word which
I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD."
- There is no middle position
that one can take and our future depends on our
making the correct decision.
12:30 = "He that is not with me
is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth
6:24 = "No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
- CHRISTS DECISION:
- Satan presented three propositions
to Christ that required a decision. [Matthew
- That the Word of God was more
important than physical food.
4:3-4 = "And when the tempter
came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be made bread. But he
answered and said, It is written, Man shall
not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
- That man should not tempt the
4:5-7 = "Then the devil taketh
him up into the holy city, and setteth him on
a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him,
If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down:
for it is written, He shall give his angels
charge concerning thee: and in their hands they
shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash
thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him,
It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt
the Lord thy God."
- That only the Lord is to be
4:8-10 = "Again, the devil taketh
him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth
him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory
of them; And saith unto him, All these things will
I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship
me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:
for it is written, Thou shalt worship the
Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
- Jesus made the right decision
because He had the Scriptures upon His heart and
lips and could say, "It is written".
- PILOTS DECISION:
- He had to answer the question:
27:22 = "
I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
- Pilot did not want to make
the decision and tried to pass it off.
- Pilot was influenced by the
27:24 = "When Pilate saw that he
could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was
made, he took water, and washed his hands before the
multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this
just person: see ye to it."
23:2 = "Thou shalt not follow a multitude
to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline
after many to wrest judgment:"
7:13-14 = "Enter ye in at the strait
gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that
leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the
way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that
- JESUS INVITES US:
11:28-30 = "Come unto me, all ye
that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for
I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest
unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden
3:20 = "Behold, I stand at the
door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with me."
- THIS REQUIRES A DECISION ---THERE
IS NO ALTERNATIVE, AND EXCUSES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE.
14:16-24 = "Then said he unto him,
A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
And sent his servant at supper time to say to them
that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
And they all with one consent began to make excuse.
The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of
ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee
have me excused. And another said, I have bought five
yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee
have me excused. And another said, I have married
a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant
came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master
of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out
quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and
bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the
halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it
is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the
highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that
my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none
of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper."
- WHAT SHALL YOUR ANSWER BE?
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