Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 5

By on Jul 12, 2019 in Decisions: Choose Wisely | 0 comments

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 5 Psalm 1 “The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” The writer of Psalm 1 places before us two choices, either choose the wise, righteous path or choose the foolish, wicked path. Many of us who profess to be followers of Christ know there are only two choices or paths to take. Nevertheless, we can often live as if there is a third choice, you know the one I am talking about, the unspoken choice, the option between the righteous or the wicked. I don’t believe we have a name for it, but it is the path we think we are taking when we know we are not behaving wisely yet we don’t consider ourselves to be foolish. The...

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 4

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Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 4 Psalm 1 “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” There is almost nothing more disheartening than going through life aimless, or worse still, following the wrong purpose for our lives. Many wonder how one discovers their purpose in life. Much time and energy are spent by many attempting to find that one satisfaction. My answer has always been the same. ‘As we walk with the Lord being led by the Holy Spirit, we naturally walk into our purpose.’ I believe some have struggled with this answer because to some that seems too simple and to others it seems too difficult. The answer is too simple to some because we are often looking for a degree of complexity when discovering our purpose. And, difficult to others because we are...

Decisions: Choose Wisely–Day 3

By on Jul 10, 2019 in Decisions: Choose Wisely | 0 comments

Decisions: Choose Wisely-Day3 Psalms 1 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” As a boy I spent a lot of time at my neighborhood park. One of my funniest memories is of a little girl being pushed very high in her swing by her mother and really enjoying it. The higher she went, the more she squealed with laughter. For some reason, the mother’s attention was drawn toward something else and she stepped away. Immediately, a mischievous looking little fellow attempted to pick up where the girl’s mother left off. As soon as the little rascal stood behind her, without hesitation, the girl jumped off in mid-air! She didn’t trust the one who was trying to push her swing. Like this young lady who refuses to let just anyone be in control of her swing, the psalmist presents one who is selective regarding who is given authority...

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 2

By on Jul 9, 2019 in Decisions: Choose Wisely | 0 comments

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 2 Psalms 1      “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers.” From the time that I was a small child, my mother would often speak of me as her “friendly child,” never meeting a stranger. My wife would probably say that I haven’t changed much. I still love people and enjoy spending time with others; however, the older I get, the more I realize we, as believers, are required to be careful regarding the company we keep. Every day we must make decisions; and some decisions bring blessing while others bring trouble. Our devotional passage says, “How blessed is the man…” Although to be blessed is to experience God’s favor, the text does not imply that something is given to the man just because God wants him to be happy. The devotional text...

Decisions: Choose Wisely

By on Jul 8, 2019 in Decisions: Choose Wisely | 0 comments

Decisions: Choose Wisely Psalm 1 I will never forget an important lesson I learned in my early teens. I was preaching on a text that focused particularly on Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, during Jesus’ ministry who was responsible for making the decision whether to release Jesus or to have him crucified. Because it was the time of Passover and Pilate would customarily release a prisoner, the peoples’ choice, he decided to let the people choose who would go free; Jesus or Barabbas. It was at that moment in my young life that it registered and I realized life is filled with choices and to make the wrong decision could prove devastating to my life. Think about that for a moment, how often have we made the right decisions and the fruit yielded was more than satisfying? How often have we made bad decisions we later regretted? Sadly, many of us received wise counsel...