Every day every hour we are constantly making choices, wether it be what to wear, what to eat, or which road to turn down. Life is full of choices, choices which have spiritual and sometimes physical consequences both good and bad. The most important choice you can make is to believe in and trust Jesus Christ as your personal savior, another very important choice is this, who will you serve?
Choice is given: God or gods vs14-15
Choice is made: We will serve God vs16-18
Warning is given: God is jealous vs19-22
Covenant is made: We are witnesses vs22-27
1st Kings 18:21-40
Choice is given: God or gods vs21-25
God's power is displayed: Fire from Heaven vs37-38
Choice is made: The Lord He is God vs39
Commitment is made: False prophets killed vs40
"My choice isn't as big as God or gods, I serve God..." Matthew 6:24. Many of our daily choices present two options please God, or please myself. John 8:34, Romans 8:5-8.
Why are my choices so important?
Choices can be made in an instant, and lived with for an eternity.
Every choice, good or bad, has consequences, "but God will forgive me" yes He will 1st John 1:9 is true, BUT the consequences of your choice will remain. 2nd Samuel 11:1-12:24
Your choices affect others:
Spiritually- Acts 1:8, a good witness leads toward Christ, and a bad witness leads away from Him.
Physically- 2nd Samuel 12:10-12, God forgave David but the child still died and the sword never left his household.
Your choices affect you:
Spiritually: Psalm 51 is David's plea for his relationship with God to be restored to what it had been.
Physically and emotionally: 1st Corinthians 7:1-2, 1st Corinthians 6:19-20. Repentance doesn't make the baby go away, repentance doesn't take back the effects of alcohol, drugs, and self abuse, or the emotions.
Your choices affect God:
1st Timothy 6:1- If you claim to be Christian, people read you, do they see Christ, or no?
2nd Thessalonians 1:11-12- Is God glorified by your choices, or do they cause Him shame?
Ephesians 4:30- Is God grieved by your choice? Or does He rejoice in it?
What do I do?
In Joshua the people made a covenant to keep them accountable, in 1st Kings they killed the false prophets who were leading them astray. (Don't kill bad people just distance yourself)
If you truly want to %100 sell out for God; it would be a great help to you to make a covenant with others who will hold you accountable (parents), and destroy the music, movies, clothes, anything that does not please God. When you come to a decision ask yourself, which choice best glorifies God?