My friend @DSLgroup (Dan) just brought up some great discussion questions about choices. Love it! Wants something more said on this topic. He always starts good discussions with such great topics like this one. Yup, he basically asked:
- What major choices in life do we all face?
- Did you ever make a bad choice because you did not consult with God first? (1 Samuel 16:7)
- Have you been characterized as a person who makes good choices and what have you learned from some bad decisions ..if any?
- How does our self-image affect our choices in life? (Psalm 139:13-14)
- Can we at any point along the way choose to be different or are we pre-programed and helpless.
- What bad choices am I living with right now?
- Do you feel that any of the choices you’ve made negatively affect your relationship with God?
- Due to openness am I able to help anyone I love to make better choices?
- In what way am I obligated to make the best choices possible?
- How can I recover from a bad choice that I have made in the past?
"By me (godly wisdom for decision-making..) princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me." Prov. 8:16-17.nkjv
I had to silently pray about how to.. as this conversation with them continued on because I didn’t want to offend them. So I started it out with the topic of gaining an inner assurance of salvation here while living. Part of what I said was, “Any of us can in a few moments gain this valuable assurance through repentance, faith in Christ, and a simple relationship with Him.” But this respectfully relative disagreed based off some friend's "experience" ..that God will appear to each one of us after we die to give us a chance to be saved. Please don't base your choices off of feelings, visions, or anyone's experiences. Base em on the Word of God that's true and can't change! I want you to early on have a real rather than a false assurance of salvation inside.
Some choices we are faced with in life are difficult and the risk factors involved can make them seem unreasonable. Our close friends often influence us in how we choose. “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray” (Prov. 12:26). I like how Warren Wiersbe put it, “People reveal their true selves by the choices they make. Remember Lot when he put himself ahead of Abraham.” But God's children have the advantage of making choices differently than people in the world — with eternal value in mind.
Moses sacrificed Egypt's comfy posh luxury for the sweet intimacy of a relationship with God and then God used Him in a great way. Had some suffering mixed in there too--the godly will suffer some. But didn't matter to Mo, he knew he chose what was best for all. So what about you? Does God want to deepen your faith through a choice you are faced with today? Sure, He desires to bless and deep our faith no matter who we are, because He so loves all of us the same. Pray, listen well, and choose wisely! “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life” (Deut. 30:19).