Decision Determines Destiny(2) ( by Fenny West)

Decision Determines Destiny

 

Decision Determine Destiny

Make the right choices

Choices carry consequences.

Lay aside worldly wisdom

Choose wisdom that is from above.

Set your heart on things above.

Walk in the spirit

Be led by the spirit

Debunk the lust of the flesh.

“There is a way that seems right to a man

But in the end, it leads to death.”

Don’t follow the “boys”

When you have become a man.

Don’t be a mere man 

When you have become 

an extraordinary man.

Do not become a peasant 

When you have been made

A priest and King,

God’s masterpiece and ambassador,

Created for good works, a living stone

An instrument of righteousness.

Yes, you are in the world

But you are a citizen of heaven.

You are not of this world.

Know who you are in Christ,

And be not conformed to the world.

When you come to the crossroad

Choose the Way of the Cross.

Do what Jesus would do.

Choose what Jesus would choose.

When there is a struggle between

The flesh and the spirit 

Let the dead man be a dead man.

You are chosen, sanctified, set apart

A vessel of honour, for the Master’s use.

Never follow the Jones,

But follow the Holy Spirit.

Achan made a bad choice

And that choice brought judgments

Not just for him but his household.

Solomon made bad choice and

It led him astray, his heart was stolen.

Samson made a bad choice

And did not fulfill his destiny.

King Saul made bad choices

And forfeited his dynasty.

Jesus made a good choice

And fulfilled His destiny.

Paul made a good choice

and fulfilled his destiny.

Peter made a good choice

And fulfilled his destiny

Timothy made a good choice

And fulfilled his ministry.

Nehemiah followed God’s leading

And went back home to fulfill his ministry.

As many as are Spirit-led,

They are born of the spirit;

They are the sons of God;

They are the New Creation;

They are of the household of faith;

They are a seed of Abraham;

They are the sons of promise like Isaac;

They are the ones that please God;

They are the ones who live by the Spirit

And do not fulfill the lust if the flesh.

Be like Abraham

Who left his comfort zone

When God called him

To a place Unknown.

He looked for a city 

Whose Maker and  Builder is God.

Be like David,

A man after the heart of God.

Be like Esther

Who rose to the occasion

To fulfill her destiny 

Rather than hide in the palace

And say, “It’s not my business.”

Follow Moses and debunk 

Any passing sinful pleasure;

Refusing to be called

The son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

Because of his godly choices

He fulfilled his destiny.

Be like Joshua and Caleb 

And take sides with God

No matter what you see.

If God said it, that settles it.

Be Like Ruth who will not look back,

But pressed on to clinch the best of God-

A lineage with the King of kings

Prince of Peace and Lord of lords.

Be like Daniel and friends

who would not defile themselves,

But wedded themselves to God and His best.

God honoured them and made them the best of the best.

On the day of reckoning 

They were ten times better than their peers.

And when tempted to worship another god,

They refused to compromise,

Even when their lives were on the line.

God vindicated them and promoted them.

Daniel refused to compromise his prayer life,;

Even when his life was in danger

So no lion could harm him.

Because he trusted in the Lion of Judah.

God promoted him; made him the best in the land.

Be a Joseph who gave his best

Regardless of his plight;

Refused to compromise his purity

Regardless of the ploy of the enemy.

He cared for others despite his incarceration

And rose from being a prisoner into a Prime Minister.

Decision determines destiny.

Choices carry consequences.

24   By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

25   choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

Heb11:24-25

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.

15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James3:13-18

I I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”fn

20 ¶ Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

…the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.25

1Cor1:19-21,25

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov1:7,

27   Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

28   Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.

29   The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”

30   Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

31   But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”

32   And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

33   There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Num13:27-33

       But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;

7     and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.

8     If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’

9     Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”

Num14:6-9

3     Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ “

9     But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. 1Sam15:3,9

Judges 14: Samson’s Philistine Wife

1     Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.

2     So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”

3     Then his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.”

1Sam14:1-3

5     For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

6     For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7     Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

8     So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9     But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

10   And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11   But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Sonship Through the Spirit

12   Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.

13   For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

14   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.Rom8:5-14

Col3:1-3, Ruth1:16-17, Heb12:1-2, 1Cor10:13,Eph4:26-27,Heb11:8, 10,13,17,24-25 Gen22:8,Matt4:1-10, -16:21-23,Esth4:8-16:Neh2:2-9,-6:16, 1kings12:8, Dan1:8, 20-3:16-18,25-30, Dan6:10,18-23,1Cor10:13,Jam1:2-4, 1Pet1:6-7, John16:33

Choose a Better Life ( by Rick Warren)

Dec 24, 2014
T stand and knock

Choose the Better Life
by Rick Warren

“Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice ad open the door, I will come in and we will eat together.” (Revelation 3:20 CEV)

When I was a kid, my mom fed me SpaghettiOs. I thought it was the best food ever! Then I discovered In-N-Out burgers. I then went from the good life to the better life. SpaghettiOs were good, but a juicy In-N-Out burger is much better.

You might think you have a good life right now, but if you could have an even better life, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

Unfortunately, what keeps us from grabbing hold of that better life is an irrational sense of self-sufficiency. We think we’re doing fine on our own.

Psalm 10:4 says it like this: “The wicked people are too proud. They do not look for God; there is no room for God in their thoughts” (NCV).

Just like the innkeeper in the first Christmas story (Luke 2), we don’t believe we need more guests. We think we have everything we need.

There’s only one problem with that arrogance: You miss the very reason God created you. God made you so that you might have a relationship with him. You’ll never fulfill his purpose for your life, which is far grander and more significant than you ever imagined, unless you are plugged in to God, your true power source.

But the good news is that it’s not too late. You can have a relationship with him no matter what has happened in your past, no matter how many times you’ve rejected him before.

God made it so simple that anyone can understand. It’s only three words: Invite him in.

Jesus said, “Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together” (Revelation 3:20 CEV).

Jesus is knocking at your door. Take hold of the better life by letting him into your life. Make him the boss of your life.

It’ll change everything.

Talk It Over

  • In what ways has pride kept you from experiencing God’s better life for you?
  • What are some good activities in your life that have crowded out your relationship with Jesus?
  • What does it mean to have a boss in a particular area of your life? What does it mean to make Jesus the “boss” of your life?

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If You Know It, Then Do It ( by Rick Warren)

If You Know It, Then Do It by Rick Warren

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

(James 1:22 NIV)

 

The Bible says in Mark 12:30, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (NLT). Another way to say this is, love God with all your talk, all your feelings, all your thinking, and all of your acting. God shaped you to be primarily either a talker, feeler, thinker, or a doer.

Talkers love God with their hearts. Feelers love God with their souls. Thinkers love God with their minds. Did you know that you can also love God with your intellect? Did you know that when you’re doing intellectual activities, it brings glory to God? When you’re developing and strengthening your mind, it is an act of worship.

People who are thinkers fall in love with the Bible when they become believers. They love to study that book. There is no other book in the world like it! It has the answers to life’s questions, like: “Why am I here? Where am I going? What is the purpose of life? Does my life matter? What’s the past? What’s the future? Where did I come from?” Thinkers love Bible study. Psalm 119:97 says, “How I love your law! I think about it all day long” (TEV).

We need thinkers, because the world needs consideration. Somebody has to be thinking through complex issues and the implications of what the rest of us are doing. We need people who think through tough problems and bring solutions to the table. That’s why we need scientists, writers, philosophers, and innovators.

But thinkers have to be careful to practice humility. The Bible says, “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom” (Proverbs 3:7a NLT). Why? Because God is God, and you’re not.

Humility is a choice. Not once in the Bible are you ever told to pray for God to humble you. It says to “humble yourself before the Lord.” It’s a choice. Humility is something you do to yourself. Nobody else can do it to you. They can humiliate you, but they can’t make you humble. In essence, humility is total dependence on God. It’s not denying your strengths; it’s being honest about your weaknesses.

Thinkers also need to be careful to practice what they know. If you know it, then do it! James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (NIV).

Do you believe you ought to give to the poor? Do you do it? Do you believe that people need Christ to go to Heaven? Do you tell them about it? Do you believe in tithing? Do you do it? You only believe the parts of the Bible that you do.

Talk It Over
• Is it harder for you to deny your strengths or be honest about your weaknesses? Why do you think this is so?
• Make a list of the things you believe in. Are you doing those things?

Good Parenting is Pertinent

THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (3) by Bob Gas   (Word for Today)
‘…Your   thoughts…are the source of true life.’ Proverbs   4:23
Teach   your child to ask themselves these two questions: 1) ‘How will I feel   afterwards?’ What outlasts our decisions are the subsequent feelings of   self-respect versus shame, and positive self-worth versus negative   self-worth. Our actions ultimately become history, but our thoughts about   them continue to shape our future. ‘Carefully guard your thoughts because   they are the source of true life.’ Children with self-respect are much less   likely to indulge in promiscuous sex, drugs, drinking, antisocial and illegal   behaviours. Self-respect and self-worth are internal standards which we are   loathed to violate. Giving in to selfish choices is like abandoning the moral   core of our being-the sacred soul God gave us. 2) ‘How will the people I   value feel about me after this decision?’ The trust and respect of others is   always needed to succeed. Reputation trumps money, even in the secular   marketplace. ‘Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high   esteem is better than silver or gold’ (Proverbs 22:1 NLT). Poor decision   making can earn us a reputation that’ll haunt our prospects indefinitely. ‘A   person who plans (chooses) evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker’   (Proverbs 24:8 NLT). When you get a negative reputation, it’s hard to recover   from it (Proverbs 25:10 NLT). The short-term benefits of making poor   decisions lead to long-term losses and regrets. The person God blesses must   ‘…exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation…’   (1Timothy 3:2 NLT).
THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (2)by Bob Gas     (Word for Today)
‘…A   man reaps what he sows.’ Galatians   6:7
Somebody   said, ‘Yard by yard life is hard, inch by inch life’s a cinch!’ For their   life to go right, your children must learn to think right. So teach them to   ask: 1) ‘What are my options in this situation?’ But do it with the right   attitude. If your face is like thunder when you talk to them, they’ll run for   cover. Brainstorm with them, writing down every option that’s offered. Tell   them that no answers are wrong and no idea will be judged as silly; all   suggestions are accepted and valued. You’re priming their creative pump,   encouraging them to think for themselves. 2) ‘What benefits come from each option?’   The goal is not to coerce them, but for them to discover and embrace the   truth for themselves. And that comes through patience, not pressure. Ask them   to list which benefits seem most important to them. 3) ‘What negative   consequences come from each option?’ Children can be brutally honest. That’s   okay; it’s just part of learning God’s cause-and-effect law of sowing and   reaping. Indeed, many adult regrets could have been avoided by following this   law. Don’t preach or rant about how terrible the consequences are. Teach them   to question themselves, ‘Am I willing to accept the consequences? How would   they change my life?’ 4) ‘What personal values are involved in this   decision?’ Values-based decisions call us to the high road rather than the   path of least resistance. Suggest some godly values as primers, such as   truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, responsibility, compassion,   friendship, self-denial, courage, honour, faith, etc. Break it down small for   younger children, but don’t miss your opportunity.
THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (1)by Bob Gas  (Word for Today)
‘…Choose   for yourselves this day whom you will serve…’ Joshua   24:15
Good   decision making is the key to a happy life. But good decision making is not a   skill some of us are naturally blessed with, while poor decision making is a   handicap others are born with. Courage, education, or the ageing process   doesn’t automatically produce better decision makers. Spending time with good   decision makers is wise, but it doesn’t rub off on you. And the earlier you   teach this skill to your children, the better (Proverbs 22:6). So teach your   children the following principles: 1) The consequences you get are the result   of the choices you make. Let your children know it’s not their circumstances,   but decisions they make about them, that govern their lives. You may think   your children know this, but they don’t. Their ‘wiring problem’ makes ’cause   and effect’ difficult to connect until their brain reaches later adolescence.   Asking, ‘What were you thinking about?’ will just invite the famous shoulder   shrug and blank stare. They’re not stupid-they just need guidance. 2) You   will always have options. Children commonly feel powerless and hopeless when   reacting to negative circumstances. They tend to be ‘either/or’ thinkers,   concluding that things are either all good or all bad. Teach them ‘both/and’   thinking, because things can be bad yet you can choose to make good decisions   about them. ‘Either/or’ thinking frequently produces children who become   pessimistic, disempowered, easily manipulated, depressed adults. Knowing they   always have good options prevents circumstances from dictating their lives.