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How To Make The Right Choices In Life

We need the wisdom of God in our lives. I’m not talking about just knowing the Bible backward and forward. Some of the most educated theologians can quote the Bible chapter and verse and recite the Greek and Hebrew meanings of words. Yet they still lack the wisdom of God. True wisdom is gaining God’s perspective through His Word and then applying that truth to life.

Until you can walk the talk, you have not gained wisdom. Life is not a straight path from birth to death. There are twists and turns, detours and mazes, mountains and valleys. But, as believers, we have the blessing of divine help in making the right choices in life. We have the guidance of “the wisdom of God” if we will seek it.

Proverbs 8:11 says that “wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” According to Scripture, wisdom is more valuable than money, diamonds, career success, or fame! But tragically, what many call “the good life” often pulls them away from God and the right choices.

When we think we have it all together, God’s wisdom does not seem to be very valuable to us. Riches will not drive us deeper into God. Success doesn’t automatically prompt you to worship God. But when wisdom is applied to wealth, success, and relationships, we can keep focused on Christ so that all the good things in our lives can bring Him glory.

God holds wisdom in His hand and He has promised to give it to those who love Him: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Wisdom for life– divine insight into how to make the right choices– is within the reach of every believer. So just ask!

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Truths Concerning Temptation‏

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“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice
and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne,
just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” –
Revelation 3:19-21 (NIV)

Let’s underscore the following truths concerning temptation:

1. Any weakness constantly indulged in, excused, denied or hidden, can
and eventually will enslave you.
2. Failure to identify and target your dominant weakness guarantees defeat.
3. Ignoring your weakness makes defeat inevitable.
4. satan has assigned certain people to feed your weakness.  Be discerning!
5. Your weakness will be drawn to any friendship that accepts it,
enjoys it and feeds on it.
6. Your weakness has an agenda: to take over your life and sabotage
God’s plan for you.
7. Your weakness will always bond with the wrong people and make you
uncomfortable in the presence of the right ones.
8. Your weakness can emerge at any time, including your closing years.
9. Your weakness cannot be overcome by human reasoning or willpower.
10. God will permit you to enjoy success in various areas, even while
your weakness is still operating within you.  Why?  Because He’s
long-suffering and merciful.
11. Overcoming your weakness brings great rewards.
12. Succumbing to your weakness brings great frustration.

God will not only help you to overcome your greatest weakness.  He’ll
turn it into your greatest weapon!  Will you let Him?

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2. The Key of Being a Witness

 

The Key of Being a Witness – We are called to be a Witness not just to witness

Witnessing – This is a common term for spreading the Gospel. Paul gives us instructions on how and when to witness. He said to “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2) Let’s look at some keys to being a Witness.

  • Earn the right to witness – First you must get to know the person. This is not a superficial kind of getting to know them. A person will quickly turn away from you if they feel you are just trying to fill a quota and not really interested in them. If it is right, the Holy Spirit will let you know when to move on to speaking about the spiritual. Listen for Him!
  • Use Tracts – Tracts are a great bridge from talking about everyday things to the spiritual.
  • Use God’s Ten Commandments – This way you are showing them their sickness (sin) before you give them the cure (Grace). Simply ask if the person has kept the Ten Commandments. They will most likely say yes. Then go through them:
  1. Have you ever told one lie (even a “white” lie)? What does that make you? A liar!
  2. Have you ever stolen something (even if it’s small)? What does that make you? A thief!
  3. Have you ever lusted after someone? “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). Then you have committed adultery of the heart. Let them know that they are a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart and in big trouble, thats only 3 of the 10 Commandments.

On Judgment Day, would you be innocent or guilty? Of course, you would be found guilty and end up in Hell. (They will know that they sinned and need a Savior).

But God sent His Son to die on the Cross for you and me. Jesus took your punishment upon Himself and then rose from the grave – defeating death.

This is a powerful way of witnessing We know that God has placed the law on the sinners heart”…the work of the Law written in their hearts…” (Romans 2:15).

  • You can not mess up bad enough! – What we mean by this is that most of the work is done by the Holy Spirit. He is certainly powerful to overcome anything that you may do. This is not to say that you do not need to do your best but, like stated before, you cannot save anyone so you cannot make someone lose salvation. So relax and talk in love.

Sample prayer – Here is a sample prayer that you can suggest that a non-Christian use to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.

“Dear God, I understand that I have broken Your Law and sinned against You. Please forgive my sins. Thank You that Jesus suffered on the cross in my place. I now place my trust in Him as my Savior and Lord.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

I encourage you to practice on someone you know who is saved. Or just go out a try it on non-Christian, either way your practicing (“practice makes perfect”). Once you witness to someone, whether you lead someone to the Lord or not, but feel the Holy Spirit moving through you, you will feel more encouraged to go and do it again. Remember, if that person doesn’t come know Christ as their Lord and Savior, be encouraged, you just planted a seed! And God is the only one that can grow that seed.  In your prayer, pray that God will give you boldness like a lion.

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We Lose our Credibility with Others When We Exaggerate

Image    One common lapse of integrity among Christians is the habit of exaggeration. If we are to be persons of integrity, others must be able to trust what we say, no questions asked. Every statement that comes from our mouths must be true. Our “yes” must be “yes,” and our “no” must be “no” (Matthew 5:37). If we habitually exaggerate, we lose our credibility, casting a shadow on God’s reputation. Chronic exaggeration isn’t unusual for us. We’ve all done it. Some Christians even use the humorous phrase “evangelistically speaking” to refer to our common practice of inflating numbers to make them more impressive! Guarding against exaggeration is not easy, but we must make every effort. Our personal credibility and the reputation of God are at stake.

The God we praise can be taken at His Word, and so should we: “Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise… For the LORD is good (Psalm 100:1-5).

Pray the confession to God to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “Forgive us, Lord, when we are unmindful of You, the Rock who begot us, and have forgotten You, the God who fathered us” (personalized from Deuteronomy 32:18).

Confess the sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind now. Turn your life over to God, let His will be done, and voice your affirmation of who Christ is: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

As you make your requests know to the Lord, include:

  • Truthful speech,
  • New friends to disciple,
  • Opportunities to share your faith.

Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor than silver and gold (Proverbs 22:1).

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:33-37). 

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker” (Psalm 95:6).

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