Updated: Apr 27, 2019
Many times we can forget how powerful our choices are. Everyday decisions contain a significant impact on our lives. How we choose to respond or how we want to react plays a role to our future. The power of choice has been given to us as God’s universal law of free-will. We have the free-will to choose our thoughts, our words, our actions, and our future. The free-will of choice determines every road or every path of our lives.
Every decision that you have to make will manifest itself down the road through your actions. Both good and bad choices have been seen through experiential moments in life from the consequences of choice. There are times when we experience the repercussion of other people’s wrongdoings. And although we may get hurt by the choices of others we still have the power to choose the way respond and we still are responsible for the way we participate in those moments.
God has given us free will to choose;
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.....
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life so that you and your descendants might live!”
Deuteronomy 30:15 & 19
God is explicitly saying that He preferred we choose LIFE, but it is your choice to make. This confirmation is the battle of the mind; it is a war of its own through choice. The battle of what is spirit led to what is driven by the flesh of our emotions. Many times you hear people blaming God, Satan, and others for the consequences that arise yet don’t ever take the time to consider what produced from their free-will of choices in wrongdoings?
And because we know our choices have ripple effects, it can sometimes get overwhelming in making the best choice. We are human and not perfect and the choices we make sometimes aren’t the best ones, and we find ourselves reaping the consequences we wish we didn’t have to go through.
The wisdom to make the right choice in both small and large matters is a gift from God. God’s word declares throughout scripture that wisdom, inner-power, and the manifestation of achievements don’t come from any human source but by the influence of His Spirit.
We have to stop giving Satan so much credit when the actions we free-willingly chose have harsh consequences. The way we chose to respond or the way we want to react during the moment is vital. We have the power to choose our thoughts, our words, and our actions that correspond to our future.
So how do you know if the choice you're about to make is Spirit led by the Lord or under the influence of emotions?
Asking for help is a strength because it shows genuine humility of confessing you don’t know everything and because we don’t know everything we need guidance from the One who knows all.
Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”John 16:23
If you need guidance in a decision, then ask for it in prayer taking the time for the Holy Spirit to self-examine your inner-motives.
The sense of Peace is a significant factor in our choices. The thing I choose to do, will it give me peace of mind? God is not a God of confusion, but the God of peace (1Corinthians 14:33). His peace are the results of His Spirit within you, your helper in making the right choices in any circumstance.
Jesus said “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.“ John 14:27
Is what you're choosing aligning with God’s word? Many times if not all, choices that align with our emotions will not correlate with God’s word. Our heart is deceptive, and our emotions are unpredictable at times depending on the situation. Therefore our feelings will never be a reliable source to guide our right from wrong. The Word of God provides direction and even redirection.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path....Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I do not forget your instruction.
Psalms 119:105 & 109
Our faith has a lot to do with the choices we make. Do not let fear, pride, or covetousness be a deciding factor to the decisions in life. Sometimes it is by faith alone in trusting God, that we choose to act even when every logical perspective doesn’t align.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do." James 1: 5-8
Have you asked God to help you will today's decisions?
If wisdom is a gift from God, it should make us more conscious of the decisions we make and more willing to include God in our decision making every day. God understood the power of choice. Therefore, you too must understand the power you possess in your choices as life presents itself. Remember your choices in life not only affect you but everyone around you. It takes One choice to change your world in the blink of an eye. Even one choice can destroy everything, and also one choice can take you further in life than you could ever imagine. And when we do make the wrong choices, repent and move forward because we serve a God that forgives, extends mercy, and who loves unconditionally.
I want to encourage you today; seek God in every choice presented before you. When we take the time to ask ourselves how God and others see our efforts we understand the effectual outcomes of our choices. So go ahead, ask Him for His guidance in helping you judge your actions before you act on them. Let His Spirit lead your next move.