Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses: therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.
We can see from this scripture that the choices we make not only affect our lives, but affect our children. When bringing up children it is so important to show the character of God and set good examples before them. They will follow in our footsteps, because they are imitators.
Throughout life we all are faced with decisions that will lead the course of our lives. Could be as to what career we want to pursue, the friends we choose, what college to attend, even the church we want to be involved in. Then there are the everyday choices such as how we treat people, to say something negative about someone or to keep silent. Choosing to forgive when someone has treated you badly. Reaching out to someone at the risk of being rejected. Sometimes self wants to be selfish, when the Word says to prefer others over ourselves. Choices will always be there for us to make.
God did not make mankind a robot. He gave Adam a free will. Even though Eve partook of the tree of good and evil, Adam was faced with a choice. As we know he made the wrong choice. A choice that affected generation after generation.
Is it any different today? People are still making wrong choices that has a tickled down affect. They live their lives never taking into account how their choices are affecting others. When we choose to do things our way and not the Lord’s way it can have an effect of everyone in our “circle or our world”.
God gave us a conscience, which is the voice of the spirit. When a person continues to go against their conscience they become dull of hearing. They will accept right for wrong and wrong for right and after a period of time the choices they make will go entirely against the Word of God and they will not recongize their blindness. Thats the importance of keeping ourselves in a position where our hearts are tender toward the things of God.
Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible,”Seek first the kingdom of God (God’s way of doing and being right) and all these things shall be added to you.” We are to put God’s way first, His wisdom (His Word) takes priority. That means even when our minds gives us all kind of excuses, we choose to do the right thing just because its the right thing to do.
My decision (choices) should be to please the Father God. People are always watching us especially if we say we are a Christian. They watch to see how we will handle situations. Sad to say many people want to see us fall. But I found a scripture in Micah 7:8 that says, “when I fall, I shall arise“– thats my choice. I can let what others say or do determine my destiny or I can arise and go forth in the Name of the Lord of Host. When I choose to go with God, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement shall be condemned“. Is. 54:17 I have to choose to believe God is my justifier.
Satan wants us to give up and give in and go with the flow. Sometimes that would be much easier than taking a stand. But then it comes back to whose side am I on? Whose servant am I?
The choices we make can have a lasting effect on those around us. Everyone at one time in their lives have made wrong choices. But praise God we don’t have to continue on that path. Its our choice. Choose LIFE !!