BIBLE STUDY NO. 35 (8 SEPT., 2016)
TOPIC: PATH TO LIFE – PART 1
TITLE: CHOICE AND DECISION MAKING
Who you are today is as a result of your past choices and decisions. There are things you may not be able to decide or make decision about. You cannot decide who your parents would be. You cannot decide the country or village you should be born into. There are also circumstances designed by destiny to occur in your life in order to fall into God’s plan for your life (God’s intervention). This is what the Bible says all things work together for your good and according to God’s own purpose. Purpose is called PROTHESIS in Greek; meaning “PRO”, before “THESIS” the place. The word suggests a deliberate plan, proposition, an advance plan, an intention, design by God for your good; but you must do the right things you have to don on your own.
There are some decision we made in times of ignorance (in the past) that God allowed, to actualize His purpose. Today, I have realized that circumstances surrounding my marriage with my wife were God’s own design. I thanked God for me making the decision to marry my wife then. I have not seen any woman on earth that would have been able to complement my life and ministry like my wife today.
There are three very important decisions I made in life that has given me so much peace:
1) My decision to marry my wife at my early twenties;
2) My decision to surrender my life to Jesus; and
3) My decision to answer the call of God as a Pastor.
Decision making is the act of selecting freely after a careful consideration. There are only two choices in decision making;
the good choice; or
the bad choice.
Good choice will lead to promotion and good life; bad choice will lead to failure, unhappiness or even death. A good decision is based on God’s word and bad decisions come from the flesh (feelings, emotions, selfish interest and obedience to Satan). Your decision to listen to gossips will make you to hate those who God has sent into your life to help you. Deal with whatever it is, seek counsel and talk with those who offended you. Other bad decision could be to have abortion because you got pregnant as a single girl or as old mother, because of what the people will say, you may kill the next President of Nigeria by that abortion. To steal, kill, slander, gossip, lie, cheat, having sex with someone you are not married to are all bad choices (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Proverbs 6:32; Proverbs 7:21-27).
You cannot do anything foolish or sinful in order to achieve success in life. Instead, delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). God’s blessing are good and makes one rich without sorrows (Proverbs 10:22). As a child of God, because you are no longer ignorant, whatever you do has serious consequences and you must carefully make choices and decisions in line with your new nature. In times of ignorance, God will overlook but making bad decision after being born again can lead to serious trouble.
Samson went against the Lord’s commandment and went into relationship with a Philistine lady called Delilah, and that bad decision led to the end of his vision and life. Getting married to an ungodly person can lead to the end of your destiny (God’s purpose for you) and even death. David’s choice of sitting at home at the time of war led him to commit adultery. He made another bad choice by committing murder. These bad decisions made him to lose his son, his peace, his own son rebelled against him and sent him on exile. His son Absalom slept with his wive in public before the entire nation of Israel as a curse resulting from his poor decision. Even though he repented – Psalm 51:1-19, he suffered the consequences; (2 Samuel 12:10-15; 2 Samuel 12:19; 2 Samuel 16:22). Sexual sin has serious consequences. It leads to other sins like witchcraft, stealing, murder, God hates it. He said abstain, stay away from it (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7).
Judas made a bad decision and died. Jephthah made a quick decision and regretted it – Judges 11:1-31; Daniel made a good decision and was promoted (Daniel 1:8, 46-48; Daniel 2:46-49). Solomon made a good choice that was selfless and God blessed him. Isaac obeyed God and became very prosperous – Genesis 26:1-3,5,12-13. Follow God’s choice, not your own way. Your own way may be right in your own eyes but the end leads to destruction – Proverbs 14:12. Make peace today with God by obeying Him; make peace with others by unconditionally loving them. Forgive please, and make peace with yourself by having a clear conscience (free from sin or unforgiveness). God bless you.
A) Discuss Solomon’s choice and what was the result of that decision? 1 Kings 3:5, 9-14____________
B) Why should we follow the Bible in decision making? Psalm 119:24; 2 Timothy 3:16_________________
C) What is the “expo” in this scripture? Deuteronomy 30:19_____________
D) Why should a Christians seek counsel? Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 20:18______________
MEMORY VERSE: JEREMIAH 10:23
‘O Lord, correct me but with justice; not in your anger lest you bring me to nothing’