Making the correct decisions
Making the correct decisions
I want to start this blog by telling you a story. I love to deer hunt, and have deer hunted for about 40 years. Several years ago, I got on a deer lease. When deer season open, I had not been on the lease before. Opening day came and I drove down to the lease from Dallas, arriving there close to midnight. Got up the next morning about an hour before scheduled sun-up, it was very foggy. This lease was on the Trinity River. I found what looked like a good place best I could tell in the fog. Left my pick up on the road and walked back in the woods. Sat down on a log under a tree and waited for sun-up. As I sit down on a log, I realized I had left my compass in the pickup. As daylight begin to break, I saw a few does that came by very close, I could only see about 200 feet. But the fog never really lifted. This was in the days before cell phones. Long about 9:30 AM or so I decided it was time to go back to the pickup. Now comes my big problem which way to the pickup things looked a lot different now that there was a little light. Now I knew that the river was off to my right when I came in, with my flashlight guiding the way. But with no sun, no stars, nothing but my reasoning as to which way it was to the river. This is the first time in my life that I was truly lost. I thought if I could find tracks, I would know which way to go follow them. As I had sat there for several hours the fog and dew obliterated the tracks. I do remember the direction the log was pointing when I sit down. So, I went to the right and knew that the river couldn’t be more than 100 yards or so from where I was sitting on the log. My goal was to find the river make a right turn back to the bridge and the highway to find my pick up where I had left it.
I tell you this story to illustrate a very critical point in our lives. Each of us must make critical decisions for our lives sometimes on a daily basis. The first decision we need to make is that we need to know more about God. By studying God’s word on a regular basis, we can develop that relationship that God desires for each of us. He tells us in: Revelation 1:3 (ESV) 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. God tells us in this passage that we can understand His word. When we study God’s Word, we will learn what God desires for us and that is our salvation. 1 Timothy 2:4 (ESV) 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Corinthians 6:16 (ESV) 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. God states in this passage that he wants to be your God and he wants you to be his people. After all he sent his only begotten son to this earth to benefit each of us.
Each of us has free will. What that means is each of us can make any decision that we desire. We can decide to follow God, or we can decide to follow the ways of the world. God will not interfere with our free will; the decision is yours to accept salvation, which is free. We all know the story about Paul and how he persecuted the church. I would just like to leave you with the story of Paul’s decision. It is probably no more than a 3-minute read I hope you will read and study what Paul did as a result of being convicted of his sin.
Acts 22:6–21 (ESV) 6 “As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 10 And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’ 11 And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus. 12 “And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14 And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; 15 for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ 17 “When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 19 And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. 20 And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ 21 And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”