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From the Pulpit: Our life is the result of our choices

April 22, 2012
By THE REV. GARY LILLY - Restoration Church , Weirton Daily Times

The sooner we realize that to a large degree our life is, in many respects, the result of choices we make the better. Choices have consequences. We start learning about the importance of right choices early in life and good parents play a vital role in the process. Proper and effective discipline helps children think before they act. Suffering enlightens us if our heart is "trained up" correctly. Wrong choices set things in motion that bring hurt, loss, and confusion; and with righteous parenting those things become incentive to make right choices.

Most of us remember a crucial moment in our childhood or adolescence when we were confronted with an opportunity to do something we knew we weren't supposed to do. There was a war raging inside of us between our flesh which was weak and our conscience which "knew better." The older we get the more consequential and challenging the choices. As Christians we have divine assistance in making choices. We have the Word to enlighten us, the Holy Spirit to direct us, and God's grace to enable us. We are to hide His Word in our heart that we might not sin against the Lord. We are to be filled with, and led by the Holy Spirit that we might walk in a manner that pleases the Lord and maintain peace and joy in our life. The incredible grace of God is the supernatural enabling that strengthens us to make right choices and walk in God's will.

We can choose the path of least resistance and cater to our carnal, self-serving side or we can choose light, life, and liberty and accurately represent the grace of God. Consider these scriptures about choices. Psalm 25:12 reminds us "Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose." In Proverbs 1:29 God warns His people of peril "because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord." In Isaiah 66:4 God said He would punish His people because "they did evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight."

Our choices reflect what is inside of us. We will go where our choices take us. We will pay what our choices cost us. Others are affected by our choices. Humility leads to right choices. Let these words of the Lord to His people resonate in our hearts: Deuteronomy 30:19-20 "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him"

What choices will you make today?

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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