Summary: Life is full of decisions, some good and some bad. As a matter of fact, that is life “The sum total of our decision making from birth to the present and the consequences of those decisions.
THE DECISIONS OF FAITH
Two young men are hanging out one Friday after school and a carload of their friends drove up and said, “Come on! We’ve bought a case of beer and we are going to have great time tonight. We’re going to party. One of the young couldn’t resist the possibility of fun night with his buddies and jumped in the car. The other thought about it and said, “No guys, that’s not what I need to be doing. I’m not going with you. He stood strong in his decision even through the friendly ridicule of being called a mamma’s boy and a weinie.
Life is full of decisions, some good and some bad. As a matter of fact, that is life “The sum total of our decision making from birth to the present and the consequences of those decisions.
Observations on Decision Making: (11:23-24a)
1) the Ability to Choose Right Decisions Is the Most Important Ability in a Person’s Life
When God made man He created man in His own image. Part of that image is that He gave man a “will”, the ability to choose. What man does will that will ultimately determines the outcome of his life.
*The great question of life is not where you started,
but where did you end.
*Life’s Outcomes are simply Results of Life’s Choices
*Life’s Choices are simply Results of Life’s
Understanding -- Perceived or Reality
*Life’s Understandings are Results of Life’s Lessons
2) the Process of Choosing Right Decisions Is Learned
Primarily from the Parents
23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
By watching me, will my children learn to make decisions that are based on....
- God’s Will or My Will
Do they see you seeking God’s desire through prayer
Do they see
- Faith or Fear
- Popular Opinion or Righteous Truth
- An Eternal Perspective or a Temporal Perspective
- Self-Sacrifice or Self-Gaim
Is it about me or about others.
Moses’ Decisions were Faith Driven rather than Circumstance Driven
Moses’ Decisions were Based with an Eternal Perspective Rather than a Temporal Perspective
Self-Sacrifice rather than Self-Gain
3) The Learned Process of Decision Making Will Be
Applied in Accountable Years
DECISIONS BASED ON FAITH...
1) CHOOSE GOD’S DESIRES RATHER THAN THE WORLD’S DELIGHTS (11:24-26) (1 John 2:15-16)
15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Questions which must be asked:
1) Is it Right? (Would Jesus Do It?)
-use the word of God for the standard
- what are the temporal and eternal
2) Is it Right for me? (God’s will for my life)
-use prayer for instruction
*Choose God’s Favor over the World’s
Fame “Pride of Life”
(11:24) By faith Moses, when he was come to
years, refused to be called the son of
“Everybody wants to be somebody”
“Everybody wants t be recognized”