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Choices – Not All Are Bad• Luke 13:31 (NIV) 31 At that time some Pharisees  came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this  pl...
Choices – Not All Are BadThe teachings of Christ reveal him to be a realistin the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in ...
Choices – Not All Are Bad• Luke 13:31 (NIV) 31 At that time some Pharisees  came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this pla...
Choices – Not All Are Bad• Pharisee = “separate”   • Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection     or angels• Paul   •...
Choices – Not All Are Bad•   God regenerates us and puts us in contact with all his    divine resources, but he cannot mak...
Choices – Not All Are Bad• God always gives his very best to those who  leave the choice with him.              James Huds...
Choices – Not All Are BadDeuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV) 19 This day I callheaven and earth as witnesses against youthat I have...
Choices – Not All Are Bad Ten Sets of Things to Choose From1. Good or evil (Deut. 30:15)2. Life or death (Deut. 30:15,19)3...
Choices – Not All Are BadF.L.I.P. It  F old our    hands; fold ourselves   into   God’s    protection and preservation  L ...
For The Glory of GodPhilippians 1:20 (AMP) 20 This is in keepingwith my own eager desire and persistentexpectation and hop...
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    1. 1. Choices – Not All Are Bad• Luke 13:31 (NIV) 31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”• Luke 14:1 (NIV) 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.• John 3:1-2 (NIV) 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
    2. 2. Choices – Not All Are BadThe teachings of Christ reveal him to be a realistin the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in theGospels do we find anything visionary oroveroptimistic. He told his hearers the whole truthand let them make up their minds. He might grieveover the retreating form of an inquirer who couldnot face up to the truth, but he never ran after himto try to win him with rosy promises. He wouldhave men follow him, knowing the cost, or hewould let them go their ways. A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)It is this way. The Lord, he is always voting for aman; and the devil, he is always voting againsthim. Then the man himself votes and that breaksthe tie.
    3. 3. Choices – Not All Are Bad• Luke 13:31 (NIV) 31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”• Luke 14:1 (NIV) 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.• John 3:1-2 (NIV) 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
    4. 4. Choices – Not All Are Bad• Pharisee = “separate” • Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection or angels• Paul • Philippians 3:4-6 (NIV) 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
    5. 5. Choices – Not All Are Bad• God regenerates us and puts us in contact with all his divine resources, but he cannot make us walk according to his will.• Our destiny is not determined for us, but it is determined by us. Mans free will is part of Gods sovereign will. We have freedom to take which course we choose, but not freedom to determine the end of that choice. God makes clear what he desires, we must choose, and the result of the choice is not the inevitableness of law, but the inevitableness of God.• We put one foot on Gods side and one on the side of human reasoning; then God widens the space until we either drop down in between or jump on to one side or the other. Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
    6. 6. Choices – Not All Are Bad• God always gives his very best to those who leave the choice with him. James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)• God asks no one whether he will accept life. This is not the choice. The only choice you have as you go through life is how you will live it. Bernard Meltzer• God gave us a free choice because there is no significance to love that knows no alternative. James C. Dobson (1936- )
    7. 7. Choices – Not All Are BadDeuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV) 19 This day I callheaven and earth as witnesses against youthat I have set before you life and death,blessings and curses. Now choose life, sothat you and your children may live 20 and thatyou may love the LORD your God, listen tohis voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORDis your life, and he will give you many yearsin the land he swore to give to your fathers,Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
    8. 8. Choices – Not All Are Bad Ten Sets of Things to Choose From1. Good or evil (Deut. 30:15)2. Life or death (Deut. 30:15,19)3. Love or hatred of God (Deut. 30:16)4. To walk in Gods ways or to reject them5. To keep commandments, statutes, and judgments or to transgress them6. To cleave to God or turn away from Him (Deut. 30:17,20)7. To hear God or to refuse to hear Him8. To worship God or other gods9. To live long or to perish quickly (Deut. 30:18)10.Blessing or cursing (Deut. 30:19)
    9. 9. Choices – Not All Are BadF.L.I.P. It F old our hands; fold ourselves into God’s protection and preservation L et go of our own flesh intelligence; let God’s wisdom reign I nhabitthe situation and circumstance; allow God to inhabit the situation and circumstance P repare our testimony; allow God to use the situation and circumstance to bring Him glory
    10. 10. For The Glory of GodPhilippians 1:20 (AMP) 20 This is in keepingwith my own eager desire and persistentexpectation and hope, that I shall notdisgrace myself nor be put to shame inanything; but that with the utmost freedomof speech and unfailing courage, now asalways heretofore, Christ (the Messiah)will be magnified and get glory and praisein this body of mine and be boldly exaltedin my person, whether through (by) life orthrough (by) death.
    11. 11. Choices – Not All Are Bad• Choose to love-rather than hate• Choose to smile-rather than frown• Choose to build-rather than destroy• Choose to persevere-rather than quit• Choose to praise-rather than gossip• Choose to heal-rather than wound• Choose to give-rather than grasp• Choose to act-rather than delay• Choose to forgive-rather than curse• Choose to pray-rather than despair.

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