17 FEBRUARY 2019 CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Galatians 6:7 From Genesis to Revelation the Bible declares that our choices, small or great, will have consequences. This is clearly seen in the ruined lives and incurable diseases readily found among those who have chosen to follow their fleshly lusts rather than God’s order. On the other hand, right choices in service to God are followed by innumerable blessings. In one sense, our lives are the sum total of all the choices we have made. Certainly some of the choices we make have great significance. Small everyday choices often have a lasting impact on us and on others because they determine our greater choices. Their consequences are not always immediate and sometimes are never fully realized in this life. Be assured, however, that the choices made in time will follow us in eternity. God says to His people even today I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, Deuteronomy 30:19 We are responsible for our choices, and those choices do have consequences, even though Satan is ever trying to minimize this truth. Sin will sometimes temporarily satisfy the flesh but always at a high cost to the spiritual man. Loss of fellowship with God, guilt, and the lack of assurance are the tragic consequences of giving ear to the evil one. We will not always make right choices. However, we should consider where a certain choice will take us because some consequences that follow that can be far-reaching. A little compromise undermines our basic conviction. As the Holy Spirit speaks to us about our erroneous decisions, there is a danger of hardening our hearts to Him in self-justification. If we do not repent of this ploy, it will lead to self-deception. How our choices affect others is also a serious matter. We may think that the kind of goods we buy to impress other people or build up our self-esteem are of minor importance, but long after the Holy Spirit has revealed to us our pride in these matters and we have repented of it, the influence of our choice may still be distorting the convictions of those following us. This applies to our dress, interests, lifestyle, the places we frequent, and our speech. The choices made by fathers and mothers will shape their children’s faith and principles of life. Too many parents are raising spiritually handicapped children who do not have that solid anchor of godly conviction because of their parents’ poor choices. This brings a bitter harvest. On the other hand, when children see their parents following the voice of God, it helps them to do the same. The greatest choice a person makes is to serve the Lord. But the experience of being born again must be followed through life by the daily choices of yielding to God’s voice. This continual surrender is not always a conscious decision but is prompted by a heart that is purpose-driven to please God just as disobedience has weighty consequences, so does the choice of yielding to God. It brings blessings of peace, victory over sin, and direction for life. And the fellowship of His Spirit is a greater joy than all else. A full consecration to God may also bring some hardships. Some individuals may not want your company because your life is a reproof to them. Satan will endeavour to cause you to stumble. Service to your fellowmen may require much personal sacrifice. However, the prize set before you and the precious fellowship of God and with consecrated brethren is reward enough. “By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward” Hebrews 11:24-26 Are we willing to make the hard choices like Moses did and prefer the way of Jesus Christ to the way of the world? Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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