The Power of Choice…(so you don’t have to be the victim in life)

by on February 6, 2018

Many people live as victims in life. They take whatever life dishes out and they figure that whatever they get must be God’s will. God doesn’t do things like that. He says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life that both you and your seed may live (Duet. 30:19).”

When God talks about choosing life, that we might live, He’s talking about more than just having our hearts beating and our lungs processing oxygen. People are living longer nowadays than ever before in history, but they’re finding living to be a scary and difficult task.

We even benefit from more and more government concern and help with our problems. We have one of the highest standards of living in the history of the world. Many of the external circumstances in our lives have changed. But, on the inside, we’re just the same as we are when God gave us His words about how to live and what kinds of choices to make.

In the natural, our thinking is shaped and molded by the teachings of a secular society. That’s why there’s such a feeling of uselessness and lack of meaning. That’s why there’s such little sense of human worth in our society today.

One reason God gave us the dynamic principles in the Bible is to show us that we don’t need to allow negativism and defeat press us into the world’s mold and pessimism and emptiness. We don’t need to cave in to the feeling that we don’t have too much say in our own lives.

In your miracle book, the Bible, you’ll find that God’s will is for you to have an abundant life and to be blessed. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).” The choice is between life and blessing, or death and cursing. Then, He says, “Choose life (and blessing), that you might live.”

When you learn what kind of life is possible and is within easy reach, you get filled with hope. You discover that life is more than a series of twenty four slots of time to kill. We think we have to wait until we get to Heaven. But when you read the Bible, you find that Heaven is waiting for you.

Procrastination. Putting it off till later. That’s the main tool that the enemy uses to destroy people. He tells people that they can put off getting right with God saved until they’re ready to die. So, they spend their lives misery, and die expectantly and unprepared to stand before God.

The devil tells people that they’re just meaningless specks in a huge universe. That all they are is a series of chemical reactions that evolved from amoeba. He says, “You’re born, you live, you die. That’s it.”

When you don’t have any faith in an afterlife, you fall into a passive lifestyle, pampering yourself on a diet of mindless entertainment and embarking on a never ending quest for pleasures. You become a spectator in life, watching the world pass you by. You become like it. In Ephesians 2:12 it says, “…having no hope, and without God in the world.”

That’s why many people waste their lives feeling depressed and wondering what life is for. That’s why our society as a whole is being eaten away by the negative thinking that creeps into the minds of our people.

You were never created to spend your years in an emotional prison. You were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and have the birthright to live usefully, with purpose and fulfillment. As you’re “transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2),” your life becomes focused, pleasing and satisfying, even though “a thousand fall at thy side, yea ten thousand at thy right hand but it shall not come near thee. (Psalm 91:7).”

There’s no such thing as a full and satisfying life just happening. Like it says in James 4:2, the greater the joy and blessing, you wish to have, the higher quality your choices have to be.

“He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly. But he that soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. (2 Cor. 9:6).” “Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall be also reap (Galatians 6:7).” God’s telling us this so we can decide BEFORE we take an action, if it will bring God’s blessing in our lives, or if it will just multiply sorrows.

Now is the time to make the choice. “Choose this day whom ye will serve (Josh. 24:15).” Since most of us hate decisions, many of us choose to just “not choose”, in case we’d do the wrong thing. So, instead of sowing good seed now, like God says to do, we put it off. As a result, many of us have lives that are caught up with “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, which choke the word and they become unfruitful (Matthew 13:22).”

Or, we avoid the immediate pain of making decisions and commitments. But what happens is that we then have to live with the chronic pain of making do with what we got instead.

It boils down to this. You and I have one life to live on earth. That’s why it’s important to make this one life less painful, less depressing and as fulfilling and satisfying as possible. That’s why God is giving us the benefits of living by free choice rather than as victims of blind chance.

The enemy, satan “blinds the minds of those who believe not (2 Cor. 4:4).” If you won’t use your faith, you’ll be blinded, you’ll lose vision. And, “where there is no vision, people perish (Prov. 29:18).”

You’ve GOT to choose how you’re going to live and whom you’re going to serve. God’s spiritual laws and principles cannot be broken without bringing bad results. They won’t bend or budge, no matter how hard you try to go against them.

Every good thing in life has a seed that has to be sown, an action that has to be taken, in order to bring it to reality in life. Choose that good seed, plant it, water it and never, never uproot it!

What about unexpected problems? Will they still come? YES! Of course! What do you do? You take it into account and plow around it, asking God for strength and guidance.

For example, one factor that a lot of people have a hard time dealing with is that things change. Circumstances don’t say the same. We have to stay flexible. That’s why in James 4:13-15 it says, “Come now, ye that say today or tomorrow we will go…and continue a year, and buy and sell, and get gain. Through ye know not what shall be on the next day. Ye ought to say if the Lord will, we will do these things.”

So, you choose, you plan, but you make your plans in the will of God and don’t assume that everything is going to happen just the way you planned. Otherwise, you’ll be upset and disappointed a whole lot in your life, because unpredictable things happen every day!

Second, you won’t ALWAYS win the way that you think you will. You won’t always be right. You won’t make the right decision. Being on earth means that life won’t always co-operate with your plans. That’s why you have to stay of a “ready mind” so when things DO fall into place, you’ll be in the place where you can receive.

You have to make the choice to be faithful and steady, no matter what. In every storm, in each trial, in every scrape and bruise, the Holy Spirit wants to give you an education. There’s a lesson that He wants to extract for you, so you won’t be caught off guard the next time around.

Be armed with this fact: The good fruit that you want in life doesn’t just grow. It has to be planted. And that’s a choice. The good fruits I’m talking about are love, happiness, friendship, prosperity, peace of mind; A satisfying career, a close walk with God, a happy family life.

Anything beyond just the basic blessings in life comes from the power of choice. Any good quality in your life has to be sown. It’s deception to try to live as though it wasn’t like that. If you try to delude yourself to thinking that they’ll just “happen”, you’ll be a frustrated and miserable individual.

Knowing what and when to sow. When you read and meditate in the Word, the Holy Spirit will plant certain things in your heart. He’ll put specific people on your heart to pray for and to speak to. He’ll reveal the seeds of what you’ll have to sow to bring these desires to pass
Once you know what seed you have to sow to activate God’s blessing, go ahead and sow it; get it over with! Don’t put off sowing your seed. “He that observeth the wind shall not sow…(Ecclesiastes 11:4).”

Don’t put off making that commitment to God, figuring you’ll do it next week or next year, or even tomorrow. Most of us have found that tomorrow never comes. Meanwhile, the problem gets deeper and more and more weeds spring up in your garden. “Now is the accepted time…(2 Cor. 6:2).”
The sooner you sow your seed, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy the results of God’s blessing in your life!

About

Pastor Steve Davis is the Lead Pastor of The Worship Center® Community Church. He is a lover of the Word of God and loves to help people learn the Word, apply it to their everyday lives and then rejoice with them as God's changes begin to happen in their lives! He grew up in Southern Maryland, studied for the ministry at Asbury College in in Wilmore, Kentucky. That is where he met his future wife, Linda. Steve and Linda have three grown kids - meaning three adult offspring - and have ministered with Operation Mobilization for four years, He has served as a Chaplain with local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies. The Worship Center grew from a home Bible study into the church it is today as the Lord sent people who wanted to have more of Jesus and more of the Word of God working in their lives. Pastor Steve says, "Few things make me happier than to find someone who wants to give their whole heart and life to the Lord, and who wants to follow Him wherever and however He leads them! The Lord is always searching for people like that, and so am I!"