YOU CAN DECIDE
“-cide”, like genocide and suicide, means to murder. Thus, did you know that “decide” means to “murder” the alternative?
“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matt 5:37
“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Rev 3:16
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Col 3:23
Have you ever been stuck behind someone in the eatery and they take a year in a half in order to order a cup of coffee? What about when you call someone and they endlessly talk about the same subject, only to apologize for calling you? The grocery store, the mall, the movies, any time, we stand in line for anything we are subject to other people and their ability to decide on what they want. Has indecision ever frustrated you? Well you know what, God isn’t that pleased with it either!
I woke up humming that song that is on the radio; “Hot when your cold, your yes means its no.” Not a positive song, though it is popular, and is being played in all the restaurants, movies, and stores. It is a song about a woman talking to her lover about his inability to decide and how he, “Changes his mind like a woman changes clothes”.
I had to decide to write this HOT Topic on decision, because I woke up humming this incredibly catchy, yet unfortunately truthful song. I wanted to encourage my brothers and sisters, to make a stand and make a decision. The Disciple Simon of the New Testament, was called “The Reed” due to his wavering in decision. He would say one thing, then do another. Scripture says in Mark 14:29-30,
“Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today–yes, tonight–before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
Later, we learn that Simon’s denying of Christ was exactly what was required for him to become “The Rock.”
UNDERSTAND THE ROOT OF INDECISION
Upon reading the whole of this material, I have chosen to modify the language (in parenthesis) below for you, in order to update it for the 21rst Century,
“It is not sufficient to deny or ignore evil (indecision, lack, oppressions); it must be understood. It is not enough to pray to God to remove evil (your challenges); you must understand why it is there, and what lesson it has for you. It is of no avail to fret and fume and chafe at the chains that bind you; you must know why and how you are bound. Therefore, reader, get outside yourself, and begin to examine and understand yourself. Cease to be a disobedient child in the school of experience, and begin to learn, with humility and patience, the lessons set for your edification and ultimate perfection; for evil (challenges), when rightly understood, is found to be not an unlimited power or principle in the universe, but a passing phase of human experience; it therefore becomes a teacher to those who are willing to learn. Evil is not an abstract something outside yourself; it is an experience in your own heart, and by patiently examining and rectifying your heart you will be led gradually into the discovery of the origin and the nature of evil, which will necessarily be followed by its complete eradication.
All evil is corrective and remedial, and is therefore not permanent. (To those in Him and continue to seek out righteousness, the author is speaking to a Christian audience) It is rooted in ignorance, ignorance of the true nature and relation of things; so long as we remain in that state of ignorance, we remain subject to evil.” From Poverty to Prosperity, James Allen (1901)
As expressed over one hundred years ago, by a man who sought after God’s heart daily, we battle with our challenges inwardly due to our inability to decide upon our challenges as being experiences founded for our edification. We must embrace our suffering, in order to overcome it. Not accepting it as reality, but seeing it as an oppurtunity for us to overcome in Christ. Scripture is blatant about evil and temptations, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” James 1:13-14.
OUR EVIL/NATURAL DESIRE
It is by our own evil and natural desires that we are dragged away and enticed, and it is in this moment that we must decide to examine the “why” behind our afflictions. We must begin to be transformed into “Peter” the rock, and we do this by being decisive in knowledge and understanding of the way that God works, the way the enemy works, and how we fit into the puzzle of life. It is our in our natural state of being that we waver. We are as Christians now called to think on more ‘lofty’ things.
Two men are together, one says to the other,
“What you wanna do today?”
“I donno, what you wanna do?”
“I donno, what YOU wanna do?”
Oh how the rhetoric could carry on forever!
A prayer for today,
Father God be with my brothers and sisters as they begin to decide on their next steps. Remind them that Simon, while he started out as “The Reed”, later became known as “The Rock”. The rock that you built your church on. In You, evil and challenges are not permanent! Choosing to remain in sin, and to deny Your Holy Spirit, is the only thing that can permanently separate us from You. Hell is a real place, and even your Word says, that some who think they knew you, won’t be able to enter into Your Kingdom. Be gracious with us Lord today, and reveal to us the areas that we need to decide in knowledge, of the ways that we need to grow, change, and become complete. You, Yourself said, “What benefit would it be to gain the whole world and loose your soul?” Thank you for giving us the dominion and free will, in order to make the best most capable decisions in You. We love You and want to be founded on Your solid Rock. In Your Sons name, AMEN!
God Bless you today friends as you decide to follow after Christ and His teachings, and the Lord and His promptings!
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