Summary: This message shows the value of making right choices
Deut 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you that I have set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Loving God, coupled with doing His will are the only ways of securing the blessings of God and avoiding the evils, so, it is important that we make the right choices.
The choices we make affect and influence the course of our life. Making good choices can bring you prosperity and happiness. Or, make poor choices and the results could be poverty and cursing.
Jos 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.”
CHOICE: The act of choosing; the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities; the power to make a decision.
How do you know if the choices you make are the right ones, and how can you exercise good judgment when faced with a whirlwind of emotions, facts, influences and advice?
Remember the choices you make today will affect your tomorrows so make them wisely.
God told Adam and Eve that they could eat the fruit of trees (PURAL) in the garden, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” Gen 3:3
“And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die; 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 and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
They were given a choice, and the choice they made affected the whole human race. CHOICES
Judas on of the chosen twelve betrayed the Son of God. What an awful choice he made. Yet, many are still betraying the Son of God, knowing that He is the redeemer.
Jonah, when asked to go and preach to Nineveh, chooses to go a different direction.
David, while looking out of the palace window seeing Bathsheba made a choice. Then made another choice and had Uriah killed.
Here are some who made the right choice.
Daniel chose to pray three times a day, knowing there would be consequences; he was put in the loins den.
The three Hebrew children make their choice; they refused to bow down to the image, and were thrown into the fiery furnace.
Saul made a choice when the light shinned around him. He was on his way to Damascus with papers from the high priest to persecute the early Christians. He was led to the street called straight and waited for Ananias to pray for him to receive his sight.
There was a family in Bethlehem-Judah that made choices.
Bethlehem meaning house of bread
Judah meaning land of plenty, but there was a famine in the land and the family made a decision to go to Moab.
Elimelech meaning my God is King
Naomi meaning pleasant (when she returned Mara)
Two sons Mahlon and Chilion and they leave the house of bread the land of plenty and go to a foreign country. While in Moab the boys marry women who are of a different culture and background. Elimelech dies and so does the boys and Naomi is left with two daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth.
Orpah kisses her mother-in-law and stays in Moab, Ruth stays with Naomi.
The end results of this family, Boaz takes Ruth, to be his wife; and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bares a son. And the women said unto Naomi, blessed is the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and shall take care of thee in your old age; for thy daughter in law, which loves you, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born a baby. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. So Boaz and Ruth have a son whose name is Obed; he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.