Summary: This is an evangelistic sermon that identifies the most important decision in life.

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Sunday Evening March 10, 2002 Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Hobbs NM


Deuteronomy 30:11-20


1. Life is full of decisions. Each day we make decisions, some important and others not so important.

2. At times we allow all of the little decisions to “stack up” and lose focus on those things that really matter.

3. This illustration may sound familiar.


Let me set the scene for you. You and your spouse decide that you are going to “go out” to eat. As you are driving down the street you say, “Sweetheart, where would you like to eat?” and she says, “I don’t care, you pick”. He says, “No, I picked last time, you choose”. She says, “I don’t care, just pick somewhere.” He says, “Fine, let’s go to “so and so restaurant”. She says, “I hate that place”. So as you are “peeling out” of the parking lot you say, “Well then where do you want to go?” and she says, “I don’t care”.



1. When I am making decisions (especially when money is involved), I want to “weigh out” my options. I want to know what my choices are and what the consequences are to my decision.

2. With every decision comes consequences- some good and some bad. For example: Making the choice to rob a bank will result in negative consequences while working hard at your job to earn that money will result in positive consequences.

3. While some decisions like not robbing a bank are simple, other decisions like which college to attend or should you get married are not as easy.

Deuteronomy 30:11-15

1. As we look in our text we find Moses at the end of his life. He is giving final instructions to the people that he had led around in the desert for many years. Here we find a man that had made many decisions, some good and some bad. Moses is sharing with these people the things that are important. There was no time for “small talk”. At this point, Moses had figured out what really matters.

2. In verses 11-14 Moses tells them that the choices they are going to be given are not difficult to understand and are easy to obtain.

Read Deuteronomy 30:11-14.

3. In verse 15, Moses gives them their two choices: Life and prosperity or death and destruction. Each one of us this evening is also given these two choices. These choices are spiritual choices that will last forever.



1. Moses proceeds to tell them what is involved in each choice and what the outcome of each is.

Deuteronomy 30:16-18

1. Choice #1: Life


1. Love the LORD your God.

2. Walk in His ways.

3. Keep His commands, decrees, and laws.

2. Choice #2: Death


1. Hearts that turn away.

2. Not obedient.

3. Worship other gods.

3. Notice that there are only two choices and both choices are simply based upon whether or not you have a relationship with God.


Decision Time

1. Moses has now given the people their two choices and explained what each choice involved and each choice’s ending. Now it would seem impossible to me that any of those people would not choose life, but unfortunately I am sure some did not.

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