You are welcome once again to another wonderful moment, in the presence of the Most High God. He deserves our praise. Last time, I shared with you on what choices are, and how they affect your destiny. I also mentioned the place of information and wisdom in making right choices. I am sure you have been blessed reading the first part of this article.
Today, I will like us to explore, How To Make Right Choices.
The following points will be of immense help to you. Come along with me as we closely examine them.
1. Fear God
If you want to make right choices wisely, you must have the fear of God in your heart. In this context, the fear of God does not mean to be afraid of Him, but rather, to reverence Him and give Him His rightful place in your life. Psalm 111:10 says: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments.
If you truly fear God, you will make choices that will please Him and bring Him praise and glory. As a young man, Joseph had the fear of God and therefore made a wise choice. He refused to sleep with the wife of his master, Potiphar. He saw it as wickedness and sin against God. Even though she spoke to Joseph day by day, he did not listen to her; rather, he fled for his life(Genesis 39: 1- 23). At the end of the day, God vindicated Joseph and distinguished him.
2. Be Futuristic
Look beyond the present into the future, when making decisions. See beyond now to the later. Many teenagers are short-sighted in their choices. When sin stares you in the face, enticing you and presenting itself to be pleasurable, remember that afterwards, it bites like a serpent. The pleasure of sin is just for a moment; beware (Hebrews 11:25).
Take this from me: one night of delight can lead to a lifetime of disaster! The choices you make today, can and definitely will affect your future. This explains why you have to be very careful about the decisions you make.
If only you can catch a picture of your future, you will make wise choices with ease, your prevailing circumstances notwithstanding. Though in the land of captivity, Daniel as a young man chose not to defile himself, because he had a clear picture of his glorious future (Daniel 1: 8).
Hebrews 12:2 says: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and it set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus, our perfect example, despised shame, pain and agony on the cross, because He could see the crown that was set before Him. He was futuristic in His choice, which eventually brought salvation to mankind. We are to follow in His footsteps.
3. Disconnect From Your Negative Past
To make wise choices in life, you must consciously disconnect from your negative past. The negative past is one of the greatest traps that the devil puts on the path of believers, especially youths, in causing them to make foolish choices. Some people tend to think that since they made wrong, foolish choices before, for which they are suffering serious consequences, the choices they make now would make no difference anyway. They live in their past and therefore never lay hold on their great future. That is the devil’s lie.
Never allow your past to imprison your future! Agreed, you have made wrong choices in the past that have affected your life negatively, the good news is that God is not judging you by your past (Isaiah 43:18-19). All you need to do now is, be born again, repent of your sins and call on God for mercy, so He can wash you with His precious Blood. Forsake your old ways, and totally follow Him from now on, by following His Word.
Begin to make choices, bearing the picture of your great future in mind. Even the sky will not be your limit!
4. Make The Holy Spirit Your Principal Guide
We live in a wild wicked world. To successfully journey through it unhurt, a dependable guide is required. The Holy Spirit is our Master Guide. This explains why John 16:13 says: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Before you make choices, contact the Holy Spirit, give Him room, involve Him by speaking in tongues and waiting to hear Him guide you. If you are about to take a decision and having prayed in tongues intensely, if there is no liberty of release in your spirit, you require caution. It may be a check, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17; Acts 20:22). Any decision you are making and you feel bound in the spirit, God is not in it. Wisdom demands that you abandon such with speed. I practise this regularly in my life, and I can tell you it works!
How to know whether you have made right or wrong choices? The following are some of the characteristics to watch out for:
a. Peace: Right choices are usually accompanied with peace (Psalms 25:12-13; 23:1-end).
b. Joy: When you are on the right path decision-wise, you experience unexplainable joy (Hebrews 12: 2).
c. Divine Strength: Supernaturally, you get energized when you make correct choices. No matter what the outcome of the decision demands, there is strength to match the task (Judges 6:14).
From this day forward, concerning every area of your life, career, business, health, relationships and your future, there shall be no more regret! I pray that the Blood of Jesus Christ will wash away every wrong choice you have made in the past. I pray that God will give you His grace from this day forward, to make right choices in the name of Jesus Christ! It is done!
However, putting the things discussed above to work can only be possible, if you are born again and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Are you ready for this new birth experience? If you are, please say this prayer with me: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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