Isaiah 16:3 Make Up Your Mind

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“Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night–at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.” Isaiah 16:3

Making a choice on which path to take is a common everyday thing for every person. Every day choices have to be made. While most are easy with little major consequences, there are some that are more difficult, having greater consequences upon the choice made.

Having a major choice to make is often a difficult thing for many people to make. Fear of making the wrong decision causes many to freeze and not make a choice. Fear of what could go wrong with a choice will cause others to stay where they are.

In his prophecy against Moab, Isaiah quotes Moab as telling the people to make up their mind. It appears (from the previous verses) to be they were talking to the women who were fluttering about like birds on what to do.

The statement, ‘make up your mind’, is something that every person can be asked or should ask themselves to do. This can include believers. Many believers make up their mind…to a point, but not fully. They waiver in their choices and decisions.

While every believer has made a choice to believe in Jesus and follow Him, not every believer has made the choice to die to self and sin. They go back and forth with dabbling in sin, often under the excuse that they cannot give it up and are sinful.

Yes, there are times they slip into sin, but often sin is a choice that was consciously made. It was done while disregarding the Holy Spirit tugging at the heart to make the right choice.

Every believer must make a choice as to whether he will serve God or man, whether he will strive to live a holy life before God or live in sin, whether he will die to the old self or live the old life.

Each day you are also presented with choices to make. The greatest choice to make is whether you will serve God with all of your life or you will serve self and man.

This choice is one that only you can make and it has to be made every day, often every minute. Do not allow yourself to waiver, but make up your mind as to whom you will serve today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your whole life to serving God; that you will make choices to always honor God; and that your mind will be made up that you will love God with all of your heart.

Luke 6:12 How To Make A Decision

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One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12

Jesus had started to pray about something. In the end He had prayed all night long. The very next morning, Jesus chose twelve men to disciple. These were to become the men who would take up His ministry and move it forward once He left.

Everyday people are having to make all kinds of decisions. Most of the decisions are easy to make and take very little thought or major concern.

However, there are days when a major decision has to be made. These types of decisions can have a major impact on one’s life, family life, career, finances, health, or some other area of their life. Or it may even, as is often the case, have a major impact in multiple areas of his life.

It is common for people to call friends to ask advice on how to make that decision. Others will search on the internet on what the best choice would be. In the church, people will seek the advice of elderly friends or leaders in the church. People will look back on their own personal lives to try and seek out a path that they should choose for their future.

While none of these methods are necessarily bad, they are not the best choice for seeking advice. Each of these are seeking advice from people. People who are fallible and do not see everything clearly.

Jesus went into prayer to His Father all night in order to make the right choice as to who to choose to be a disciple. There were hundreds of people available, but only twelve were to be chosen. There were hundreds available, but only a few would be the right ones to do the job.

There will come a day when you have to make some major decision in your life. You need to look to God for helping you make that decision. Before you choose, take time to read God’s word and see what it may have to say about the choice to be made.

Then take even more time to pray about it. Find out what God wants you to do. God is there to help you make every decision in your life that you have to make. He wants you to make the right choice.

I pray today that you will seek God for all decisions; that you will hear God’s answer to you; that you will follow God’s answer for you; and that you will do great things for God each day.

Joel 3:14 The Valley Of Decision

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14

Joel is telling the people that God is getting ready to pour out judgment against the nations. The nations that crushed Israel will have to pay for their sins. The destruction of the nations will be great and it will be a time of great turmoil. Many will be in a place of making  decision. They will have to choose who they will follow–God or some idol.

Every day people have to make decisions. Billions of decisions are made daily in every nation around the world. Some decisions are made after a lot of careful thinking, while others are made by instinct or experience, using very little thought.

When a person walks into a dark room at night, it takes very little to decide to turn on the light in order to see. As a person drives down the road, it takes very little to decide to stay on his own side of the road.

Other decision such as what to wear to work, planning a meal for the family, which movie to go watch, and what to do on a day off from work take a little more thought in making the decision.

More challenging decisions that require a lot of thought and planning are some such as choosing whether to move or not, which job to accept to work at, how much money can be spent and how much should be saved, and whether to get married to someone or not.

Life is full of decisions. One that every person must make is whether to follow Jesus or not in their life. Right now, for many, that does not seem to be an important, pressing choice to make. However, the day of the Lord is near and it needs to be made.

You do not know if you have tomorrow, or even the next second to live. You have to make the choice now as to whether you will follow Jesus or not. As you go through your day, you will be offered choices to sin against God or to follow Him. Only you can make that choice. And that choice has to be made over and over again and again.

You are in a valley of decision.

What are you going to decide today? Follow or reject?

I pray today that you will make the choice to follow Jesus; that you will choose to turn from all sin; that you will choose to be a witness for Jesus; and that you will decide to build the kingdom of God.